©2000 Walter Wangerin Jr.; (P)2000 The Zondervan Corporation
"This book combines the very best of Wangerin's skills: biblical knowledge, a sense of drama, unobtrusive scholarship, and the ability to tell a crackling good story." (Philip Yancey)
This is fiction pure and simple heavily influenced by an Americanised concept of Jesus and the early Church.
First century Jews portrayed as 21st Century Americans.
The whole book.
This book really boosted my interest in the scriptures. Since I have finished it, I have read and reread the gospels of Paul to learn more. I am not a biblical expert, but the book seems to be accurate with no apparent flaws.
The narration is difficult to get used to at first. But after an hour or two, I became accustomed to it, and I think it even enhanced the book.
The only significant criticism that I can offer is that the book is a little slow at times.
"I fell in love with Paul"
In this book the beautiful harmony of gifted author and equally gifted reader create a piece that made the New Testament come alive for me. The drama and the passion both inspired me and brought me to tears, as each character leaped from history into life and into my heart as the reader stepped into each one with such authenticity. Essential reading for those for whom the New Testament and this amazing apostle have for too long remained cool (or cold and dead) strangers. Not anymore!
I tried to listen to this book with an open mind. However, the nasal voice of the narrator was just too much. Add to that that I had a difficult time understanding who I was listening to in each chapter -it was very confusing. When I won't turn on an audio book while I work because it is annoying - I realise that I a) don't have to and b:)am relieved to know that I can dismiss it and go to something else. It's too bad that the narration and sound quality are not good. I think the story is basically very interesting - it's the delivery that I couldn't take.
The book was well read, I almost felt I was back in time experiencing Paul's journeys, trials and tribulations
"well intended but slow and literalist"
I think Wangerin is a good, old-fashioned story teller, but this story lacks literary and biblical imagination and seems to have a very simplisitc understanding of the New Testament that sells the Christain faith short in my opinion. It interprets St Paul with 19th early- 20th century eyes and then uses that understandng in a slow paced story.
Although Wangerin tries to give a respectful place to women in sections and occasionally brings St Paul alive (especially the hardships of traveling 1st century Middle East), I think Wangerin is much better when he spins short pithy modern day parables. This novel reminds me of something I downloaded from iTunes called "God in Sandals." If the latter type of literalist narrative appeals to you, then so would this. But if you liked "Last Temptation of Christ" or find Gary Wills', Bart Ehrman's or Elaine Pagels' nonfiction entertaining, avoid this portrait of Paul.
"Down to earth fiction makes the Spirit soar!"
If you know scripture, you will really appreciate the way this man folds scripture into a fictional but real world framework. The voice/reading is perhaps a little better than the "Book of God." Enjoy!
"Book might be OK - narration is terrible!"
I only got about 30 minutes into this book before I had to stop listening. The plot might be great - but I couldn't get past the intensely irritating narration style. The accent the narrator has adopted, while possibly appropriate for the period of the book, nonethelss is so annoying it renders the book 'inaudible'.
Walter Wangerin Jr. opened up a new thought pattern for me about the Apostle Paul's struggles with the Jews. I learned many new things through this novel. It was enlightening to read and to hear on Audible. I did both. My understanding of the New Testament Jews is now deeper. I will be reading and listening to more of Walter Wangerin Jr.
Paul's journeys and the relationships. Loved getting a deeper understanding of the way the people lived 2000 years ago.
Paul and Barnabus. The characters in "PAUL" are Biblically accurate.
Pricilla and Aquilla were also great.
No - every chapter filled me with new information. It does leave one looking forward to the next sitting.
A great book! I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Biblical Times.
a more cohesive story
was hard to understand and seemed to stop in odd places
disappointment and confusion
"The Author Butchers the Bible"
This book will confuse any new person of faith. Paul was Jewish and NEVER taught against Moses (The TORAH) This book takes the bible text out of a Jewish meaning teaching of gentiles in the Synagoges.
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