New Book For Teenage Young Women by Northwest Author Melinda Johnson


Lydia’s life is turning upside down. Her family has converted to Orthodox Christianity without her, she’s just about to leave home for college, one of her friends is pregnant, and soon she’ll be facing all the trials and temptations encountered by every young adult who’s on her own for the first time. Lydia needs a friend badly—and she finds one in the most unexpected place: an icon of St. Lydia. Young Lydia pours out her troubles in letters to St. Lydia, who (invisibly to Lydia) answers, guiding her through her time of troubles with deep love and compassion.



“I can’t wait to get this book into the hands of my own teenage daughter and her friends! Letters to Saint Lydia is a very real interchange between a modern teen and a not-so-modern saint. This style of book could have been preachy, old-fashioned, and trite, but Melinda Johnson instead trusts and respects her young readers and their struggles. And she pulls off a daring feat, penning believable letters from a saint’s point of view—with both grace and humor.”

Jane G. Meyer, author of The Life of St. Brigid and The Woman and the Wheat


Melinda Johnson took Saint Lydia’s name as an adult convert to the Orthodox Christian faith. The desire to know her patron saint better watered the roots of this book. Melinda is a freelance writer and editor, a U.S. Navy chaplain’s wife, and a mother. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.


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About editorOrthodoxNorthwest

An Orthodox Christian, whose interests also include, GO, Square Dancing, hiking, exploring, swimming, kayaking, cooking, history, board games. I am the Editor of OrthodoxNorthwest which I hope benefits readers in the NW. I do post Romanian, Greek and Slavic info but I cannot read any of them - hey, I am an American. Would appreciate hearing from readers of the blog. Χριστός Ανέστη! (Anthony)
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