An intimate portrait of a complex individual through whom God was at work, turning the world upside down. With vivid imagination and scholarly depth, award-winning author Walter Wangerin Jr. weaves together the history of the early church with the life story of its greatest apostle--Paul. Wangerin begins to unfold Paul s incredible life by imagining the childhood and early family life of a boy then called "Saul." A fierce prosecutor of Christians before his conversion, Paul never lost his fiery dedication, boldness, and strong personality. After his shocking encounter with God on the road to Damascus, he applied his formidable strengths to spreading the gospel. Wangerin deftly reveals Paul s character through each stage of his life, and enables us to see Paul the person, living and complex, viewed through the eyes of his contemporaries: Barnabas, James, Prisca, Seneca, and Luke. Paul s rich interaction and brilliant dialogue with friends and foes, leaders and slaves, Jews and Greeks, creates a swift and intense historical drama around the man who spread the seed of the Gospel to the ends of the known world."
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Review: PaulUser Review - Tim - Goodreads
The book served as a refresher on early church history and brought some of the personalities to life. How true to character were those depictions, I suppose is anyone's guess. I'm sure Mr. Wangerin's ... Read full review
Review: PaulUser Review - Debby Burton - Goodreads
There is a long, long list of characters in the back, and you need that list a lot! It is a novel based on the life of Paul/Saul, but the first 80 pages are horribly confusing. After that, with a ... Read full review