Another perfectly told story from the master story weaver, Jerry Jenkins. Awesome telling of two stories in one book. Go deep in the life of Saul turned Paul, so deep you are down in a dark prison with him as he relates his life story to the physician, Luke. The manuscript is hidden away and meets up in the present story with characters who have good and evil intent as they are in possession or trying to be in possession of the manuscript. Exciting storyline and believable characters will keep you fully engaged to see the final outcome.
I, Saul is a story that goes back in forth from present day Rome to Bible character Paul's prison. Right before Paul's execution he yearns to receive his parchments to finish his first account of his early life. Even on the throes of death Paul with Luke's help defy the Romans to do the Lord's will. Finding Paul's account proves to be the greatest find in present day times, and leads to unimaginable adventure and danger. The double stories provided a very unique aspect to the story.
The extensive research included in this story is clearly evident, so much so it felt that you were walking along the roads of Damascus and Jerusalem. Even the modern day culture in Rome felt quite authentic. My only regret is that there is no actual thing as Paul's parchments. The fictional account of his childhood helped to make Bible reading more alive and personal.
Tim Lahaye and James Mcdonald did a wonderful job creating a historical, contemporary, adventure, and Christ-centered story. I can't wait to continue my journey with the next installment to this series, I, Paul.
I received a free copy from, FIRST Wildcard Blog Tours, in exchange for this independent and unbiased review.
A riveting story is brought to life in I, Saul. The present day story running along side the first century story of the apostle Paul adds even more depth.
This morning I read again the book of 2 Timothy, but with new eyes when Paul requests Timothy to get Mark and come to him soon. I had never really thought about Paul knowing his time to be beheaded was near.
How many of us actually see the urgency with which Paul request the parchments be brought to him.
The present day story also is focused on the urgency of the parchments. There's a cloak and dagger adventure here involving lots of intrigue. Of course, there's romance, as well.
I, Saul grabbed me, but left me wanting the rest of the story. I'm definitely ready to read I, Paul now. I really don't want to wait until 2014. Just maybe it will come out in January. Please make you pen fly, Mr. Jenkins. Don't make us wait until next October.
Spanning the ages, from the present all the way back to when the Biblical Saul was a child, "I, Saul" is a masterfully told tale that held me in its grip from beginning to end. The book is well-written, with vivid scenes, true-to-life descriptions, and characters that you will quickly grow to care about. Although I enjoyed getting to know the present day characters of Augie, Sofia, and Roger, and enjoyed the suspense and mystery surrounding them, I most enjoyed the character of Saul himself. Saul has long fascinated me as a historical figure, with his transformation of one who hunted down Christians to one who arguably became the greatest missionary of all time. His letters to the church continue to be some of my favourite places to turn to in the Bible. Jenkins and MacDonald have succeeded at bringing Saul to life in a new way, giving me a glimpse of what his childhood may have been like and how he became the man that he did, transforming into the man we now know as Paul. As I read the scenes of Paul in prison, for the first time I really contemplated what he must have suffered over the years, and I marveled anew at the strength of his faith and the power of the Holy Spirit to sustain Paul until the end. I love the concept of a lost manuscript that details Paul's childhood experiences, and I found the book ended too soon as I wanted to read even more! I am very pleased to find that another addition to series is on the way.
If readers are looking for an entertaining novel with scenes of suspense, betrayal, and romance, then they will certainly find that in "I, Saul". But they will also be blessed with a book that will challenge their own faith and encourage their own boldness for Jesus even in the face of adversity. I highly recommend this book and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and FIRST Wildcard Blog Tours, for the purposes of this unbiased review.