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'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 contemporaies: Barnabas, James, Prisca, Seneca, and Luke.Paul's rich interaction and brilliant dialogue with friendsand 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.
Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 512 Vendor: Zondervan Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 9.0 X 6.0 X 1.5 (inches) ISBN: 0310243165 ISBN-13: 9780310243168 Availability: In Stock
Walter Wangerin brings us a dramatic, fictionalized retelling of the life of Paul based on biblical texts and extensive on-site research. Readers gain a new appreciation for the sacrifices of the apostles and the early believers and gain new insights into the life of the early church.
Walter Wangerin Jr. is widely recognized as one of the most gifted writers writing today on the issues of faith and spirituality. Starting with the renowned Book of the Dun Cow, Wangerins writing career has encompassed most every genre: fiction, essay, short story, childrens story, meditation, and biblical exposition. His writing voice is immediately recognizable, and his fans number in the millions. The author of over forty books, Wangerin has won the National Book Award, New York Times Best Childrens Book of the Year Award, and several Gold Medallions, including best-fiction awards for both The Book of God and Paul: A Novel. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University.
In 1998, Wangerin wrote the acclaimed The Book of God: The Bible as a Novel.
Here he turns his attentions to the tireless apostle Paul. A devout Jew fluent
in the scripture of the Torah, Paul actively persecutes the fledgling
Christians until Jesus strikes him blind and opens his eyes to the new faith.
Then Paul casts off the hatred that led to the stoning of Stephen years earlier
and shares his joy in the Lord with a disbelieving world. As Paul's story
unfolds from the viewpoints of the people around him the slight, bantam rooster
figure takes on an ethereal happiness that draws followers to Jesus wherever he
goes. Barnabas, Prisca, Timothy, Titus, Lydia, James, Simon Peter, Simeon
Niger, and others share good and bad thoughts of Paul, adding layers to an
already complex figure. Paul only speaks for himself in letters. At times
humorous, at times appalling, Paul's voice reaches beyond the pages of fiction
to exhort a fundamental love of Jesus. For all collections. Copyright 2000
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In his second Bible-based novel, Wangerin delivers an uneven but informative
narrative portraying the Apostle Paul as a flawed, confrontational man who
inspires either murderous hate or passionate love. Reminiscent of both Eugene
Peterson's paraphrased New Testament and Robert Graves's dishy novels about the
Roman emperors, this book borrows from the Bible and various other historical
sources to chronicle the itinerant ministry of Paul from his preconversion
persecution of Christians to his execution in Rome. Each chapter is narrated by
a different character--generally one of Paul's close associates--and while this
technique successfully brings biblical figures to life, it disrupts the
narrative flow. The story is punctuated by epistolary fragments from the
Bible-and perhaps most interesting but least connected to the rest of the
text-Seneca's gossipy letters about Nero and political intrigues in Rome. To
his credit, Wangerin breathes life into the women who are mentioned but never
fleshed out in Paul's letters, particularly Prisca, and he takes pains to
emphasize the multicultural, multiethnic composition of the first-century
church. Nor does he downplay the hardships these groups encountered as they
attempted to find common ground. In fact, the novel focuses almost too
exclusively on Paul's attempts to reconcile Gentile and Jewish followers of
Jesus. While overwrought dialogue about circumcision and Jewish food
restrictions is often tedious, readers wishing insight into Paul, the New
Testament church and the schisms that nearly destroyed it will be rewarded for
their patience. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.