Great Lion of God

A Novel About Saint Paul
Narrated by: Braden Wright
Length: 30 hrs and 47 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Bestseller: A "beautifully written" and "truly outstanding" novel based on the life of Paul the Apostle (The Cincinnati Enquirer).

Born a veritable great lion of God to a devout Jewish family, Saul of Tarsus is raised by his parents to embrace their love of humanity. Dogged by what he perceives as a lack of true faith, he embarks on a journey to save his people from sacrilege. But on the road to Damascus a vision of the resurrected Jesus changes the course of his life. Converting to Christianity, the newly christened Paul transforms from persecutor of blasphemers into apostle to the gentiles, becoming one of the supreme influences on the Catholic Church and the Western world.

Great Lion of God paints a unique and very human portrait of Saint Paul, one of the most passionate, dauntless, and complex figures of early Christianity - Pharisee, lawyer, theologian, and above all, a "man like ourselves with our own despairs, doubts, anxieties and angers and intolerances, and ‘lusts of the flesh.'"

The central novel in author Taylor Caldwell's biblical trilogy, which also includes Dear and Glorious Physician and I, Judas, Great Lion of God is both "sheer entertainment" and a moving tribute to the majesty and power of the Christian faith (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

©1970 Taylor Caldwell (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Taylor Caldwell Never Did Fail to Deliver

I’ve been a Taylor Caldwell fan since first reading “Great Lion of God” in print. In her Biblical accounts of the two apostles, Paul in this narrative, and Luke in “Dear and Glorious Physician,” Taylor takes us back into Israel and through many of the gentile lands of the Middle East. She develops complex and compassionate biographies of these two troubled men and offers insights into the many other sages that influenced them, leading to their ultimate destinies, their awakening to Christ as the promised Messiah and their personal savior, and then their individual transformations. Using the backdrops of faltering Roman rulership, the lingering influences of the earlier Hellenistic Period, and strict ancient protocols of the Jews, we see glimpses into the superstitions, mysticism and culture of the period we know now to be when Jesus of Nazareth changed the world. Taylor Caldwell was gifted. Her writings are filled with the love of God and humanity, but never sugar-coated. They were researched well by her own quests in the Holy Lands. My only complaint with this audiobook was the narrator fell short in comparison with others who have narrated her writings. He simply did not have the acting skills that her writings demand. This was disappointing to me for such a classic piece of literature, but I didn’t let it destroy my interest in the book. I recommend either book to any who want to dig deeper beyond the Scriptures.

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Tedious and disappointing

I was disappointed in this story of the life of Paul. Before he met Jesus his beloved Savior, he was portrayed as sad, joyless, and grumpy. And so he probably was. However, the greatest disappointment for me was that after he met Jesus, the story's portrayal of him remained largely the same. No joy or great transformation was evident, and that false portrayal is absolutely a grave disappointment.

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  • David S
  • 10-30-19

Best reading of a book I have heard.

A very good descriptive text that is read beautifully. Really enjoyable and engaging. Suggests a different view of the apostle Paul.

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  • Jennifer2
  • 09-07-19

Wonderful book

I loved this book a great deal. Taylor Caldwell was such a hugely talented author. The wisdom, insights and information connected to Paul, The Church and historic times is so enjoyable. I'm listening to the book twice for all that I missed the first time. Making it very special is the performance by Braden Wright. Perfect for this story. Beautiful pronunciation and patient reading is one of the pleasures of this production. I hope he reads all of Calwell's books. Thankyou both author and narrator.