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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - StephenBarkley - LibraryThing
While setting the category for this book review, I hit an impasse. Do I consider this a work of literature, theology, or spiritual formation? When I was a young minister I bought Wangerin's The Book ... Read full review
a good read with an open heartUser Review - Terry Morgan - Christianbook.com
IF you're thinking to read this as you would the Scriptures, don't bother - that isn't its purpose. This story, I believe, is meant to move us in heart to seek the Lord Jesus & serve Him in love all ... Read full review