A Wretched Man: A Novel of Paul the Apostle

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Itasca Books, Mar 15, 2010 - Fiction - 401 pages
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Saint Paul was a sinner. He never met Jesus, but he experienced the famous conversion on the road to Damascus long after the Messiah had been crucified. Paul believed his Damascus experience had healed his guilty soul, but Jesus' own brother doubted Paul's tale.

James' rejection spurred Paul to hike the Roman highways of the Mediterranean world to proclaim the truth of Damascus, over and over again, if not for James' approval, then for his own. Had he not been healed at Damascus? And then there was the stinging thorn in his flesh that kept the guilty wound on his soul festering.

Journey to the first century world of the Roman empire. Here you will encounter emperors and slaves, Jews and Greeks, and men and women lifted from the pages of the New Testament as they stumble forward following the death of Jesus, unwitting midwives to the birth of Christianity. Follow Paul and James as they contend for the soul of the newborn Jesus movement; their struggle is the story of Christian origins.

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User Review  - mutedtempest - LibraryThing

Really good book. I'm not usually into religious fiction in any way, but this was more a historical fiction novel and wasn't at all preachy. Very interesting take on many different Bible characters ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Former trial lawyer R.W. “Obie” Holmen has a B.A. degree in history from Dartmouth, a J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota, and post-graduate studies in theology and Christian history at St John's School of Theology, a progressive Benedictine community in Minnesota.

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