The author herself is a woman of substance. She is Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral in London, and by extension a scholar with a main interest on St Paul's life and teachings...Lydia is like one of those docudramas on television...it carries its own sense of conviction.. readers should not imagine that scholarship is dull. It too has its own dramas and excitements. There is nothing "dry as dust" about modern Biblical investigations.
[Lydia] is the perfect mix: a winsome story, rigorous and illuminating scholarship, with spiritual insight and depth. It had me thinking, crying, and rejoicing.
Gooder has a rare gift for translating scholarship into page-turning storytelling ... This book positively crackles with hope, faith, and love.