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5.0 out of 5 starsRiveting, Christian fiction
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2021
From first page I wanted to know all about the apostle Paul. I only knew him through the New Testament, but hadn't stopped to consider him and his life as a man, as well as an apostle. The author brings him to life in a dramatic, yet poignant way. I've known for 50 yrs that Paul was beheaded,but I still cried as I read about his persecution. Excellent writing by this author!!
2.0 out of 5 starsNot a read for anyone who honors the Apostle Paul
Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2014
Not the Apostle Paul in my Bible! I have read 45% of this book and was taken back early by the authors representation of Paul as promiscuous. I expected a book about an Apostle of Jesus Christ to be safe from worldly sensuality. Four episodes were not graphic but made me uncomfortable. The fourth: now several years into Paul's ministry he meets an "old flame" and does not hesitate when she comes to him.
BOOK QUOTE: "The respite, the time of healing, had been a gift; and Saul felt no remorse for accepting it. It was a measure of recompense for the pain to his body and the humiliation of spirit he suffered by being uprooted from his work and his followers in Syria. Nor did he feel remorse for sleeping with a woman. Yes, he had broken a covenant by succumbing to lust, and he must ask forgiveness for that act. But Aspasia belonged to no other man; he belonged to no other woman. They were bonded by a long and warm friendship, mutual respect for the well-spoken word, and respectful love. Why was it wrong for such a man and woman to share their passion?"
I believe the Paul of the Bible loved God too much to rationalize sin in such a worldly maner.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control your own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God
1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
I generally don't get excited about a book, but I could not put this down. The author made Paul seem like a genuine person instead of some character without foibles. His ideas about Paul's outlook on life made him into a person who had real life experiences instead of someone who was on an historic pedestal.
An exciting historical novel about the life of St. Paul from his early life, education and his conversion to Christianity to his death as a Roman citizen, an adventure novel impregnated with bible passages and descriptions of the climate of the times of the early church. I couldn't put it down.