In the Footsteps of Paul: Experience the Journey That Changed the World

In the Footsteps of Paul: Experience the Journey That Changed the World

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Follow a trailblazer’s path and see for yourself all the places that Paul visited . . .

Paul’s missionary journeys are much more than mere dotted lines on rough maps at the back of your Bible. His travels changed the world, and when you, too, follow In the Footsteps of Paul, you’ll experience those amazing journeys more


Follow a trailblazer’s path and see for yourself all the places that Paul visited . . .

Paul’s missionary journeys are much more than mere dotted lines on rough maps at the back of your Bible. His travels changed the world, and when you, too, follow In the Footsteps of Paul, you’ll experience those amazing journeys more powerfully than ever. The lens of renowned photographer Ken Duncan traces everywhere Paul is known to have traveled. Ken’s stunning photos, combined with Scripture and writings from noted authors, creates an exciting platform for experiencing the life and times of one of the apostles who introduced Jesus to the Roman world and beyond.

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In the Footsteps of Paul

EXPERIENCE the Journey that Changed the World

Thomas Nelson
Copyright © 2009

Ken Duncan
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ISBN: 978-1-4041-0482-2

Chapter One Paul: The Making of a Man

Rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. -ACT 26:16

I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia.... -Acts 22:3

Tarsus. Not a tiny village, but not quite a sprawling metropolis. In Paul's day, as now, Tarsus was sturdy and hard-working with an affection for learning-much like its most famous son.

This is where it all began. Here the apostle Paul was born, and from here he set out on his life's mission: preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through Paul's dogged and tireless efforts, this small, ancient city became the epicenter of something that changed the world forever.

For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God. - 1 Thessalonians 2:9

Paul was educated, a learned Pharisee who studied in Jerusalem under Gamaliel, one of the most respected rabbis of the day. Some in his social circles would have looked down on Paul's manual trade of tentmaking. But he insisted on being able to travel and teach without depending on anyone. His trade would allow him to earn his keep and preach the gospel without limits.

He [Paul] is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. - Acts 9:15

There is now no time to lose: the work of harvest brooks no delay. "But the laborers are few." It is hardly surprising that so few are granted to see things with the pitying eyes of Jesus, for only those who share the love of his heart have been given eyes to see. And only they can enter the harvest field.

Jesus is looking for help, for he cannot do the work alone. Who will come forward to help him and work with him? Only God knows, and he must give them to his Son. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

And they stones Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin." And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Now Saul was consenting to his death. - Acts 7:59-9:1

As a Pharisee, Paul, then known as Saul, zealously persecuted the early Christians, including Stephen, the first martyr. He "made havoc of the church," going from house to house in pursuit of these men and women he believed to be heretics, and dragging them into prison (Acts 8:3).

But the church couldn't be contained-the good news spread from person to person, past the walls of Jerusalem and beyond. As for Saul, as passionately as he hated this young Christianity, he would not be able to resist its grace for long. On his journey to Damascus to hunt down people of the Way, he would encounter the very One he was persecuting. And he would find himself on a different course altogether.

As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Them he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, I am Jesus, who you are persecuting." - Acts 9:3-5

Paul discovered a personal relationship with God himself- no more secondhand rumor but firsthand faith. He immediately knew that God was not what he'd been told at all-that was all a lie. God was not against but for. God was not furious but compassionate. God was not out to get sinners so that he could make them good and sorry; he was out to get sinners so that he could make them good and joyful. This truth about God came to Paul in the person of God's son, Jesus Christ. - Eugene H. Peterson

Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. - Acts 9:8-9

Paul's blindness meant that he had to depend on his traveling companions, and later on a certain disciple named Ananias. In darkness and dependency, God showed him his frailty. Through blindness he came to see everything-himself, the world, God-more clearly than ever before.

Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias.... The Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying." - Acts 9:10-11

Alone in the room with his sins on his conscience and blood on his hands, he asked to be cleansed. The legalist Saul was buried, and the liberator Paul was born. He was never the same afterwards. And neither was the world.

The message is gripping: show a man his failures without Jesus, and the result will be found in the roadside gutter. Give a man religion without reminding him of his filth, and the result will be arrogance in a three-piece suit. But get the two in the same heart-get sin to meet Savior and Savior to meet sin-and the result just might be another Pharisee turned preacher who sets the world on fire. - Max Lucado

And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came. has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." -Acts 9:17

Without a doubt, Ananias is one of the forgotten heroes of the Christian Church. To Ananias came a message from God that he must go and help Paul; and he is directed to the street called "Straight." When that message came to Ananias, it must have sounded insane to him. He might well have approached Paul with suspicion, as one doing an unpleasant task; he might well have begun with recriminations; but no, his first words were: "Brother Saul." - William Barclay

Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received and sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. - Acts 9:18-19

Knocked f lat on the ground on the way to Damascus, [Paul] never recovered from the impact of grace: the word appears no later than the second sentence in every one of his letters. - Philip Yancey

Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, the He is the Son of God. Then all who heard were amazed, and said, "Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?" But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ. - Acts 9:20-22

Years after he first preached Christ, Paul would write, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation" (2 Corinthians 5:17-18). He knew whereof he spoke. He himself was living testimony to God's transforming power, and how a transformed life can show God's glory to a watching world more than words ever could.

Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him. Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket. - Acts 9:23-24

There were two outstanding experienced associated with Damascus which Paul never forgot. One was unspeakably glorious: it was the revelation of Jesus Christ which he received.... The other was quite ridiculous: it was being let down in a basket through a window in the city wall to escape his enemies. But both taught him humility-the latter because, in his mind's eye, he must have cut such an absurd figure; the former because it brought home to him his total unworthiness to be granted such a revelation and to be called to serve the one who was revealed to him. - F. F. Bruce

And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to joint he disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to the how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. - Acts 9:26-27

Sometimes the most significant thing we can do for the Kingdom of God is to encourage others. Only God knows how far-reaching our investment in their lives may be. When Barnabas took time to encourage Saul, I doubt that he ever imagined that his kindness would affect believers for twenty centuries to come, but it did and it does. Never make the mistake of belittling the eternal value of the ministry which you invest in another. - Richard Exley

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. - Galatians 1:15-17

Acts doesn't tell us about Paul's trip to Arabia, how long he spent or what he did there. But we do know that a few years passed between the Damascus road and the beginning of his first missionary journey. We can surmise that during that time, as the church grew, Paul grew along with it, developing new strength and resolve as well as knowledge about the message of Jesus-the message he would soon carry across the world.

He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles. - Galatians 2:8

The Bible is filled with examples of how God uses a long process to develop character, especially in leaders. He took eighty years to prepare Moses, including forty in the wilderness. For 14,600 days Moses kept waiting and wondering, "Is it time yet?" But God kept saying, "Not yet." ...

Great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering. Be patient with the process. - Rick Warren

And [Paul] spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus. Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. - Acts 9:29-31

In Acts, our narrator and historian Luke tells us not only the amazing story of Paul, but also the amazing story of the church. Throughout both threads, what stands out most is the saving power of God, His working in the lives of ordinary people, His plan of salvation that would not-could not-be thwarted. One line in the very first chapter condenses the formation of the early church and tells us the key to the apostles' strength: "You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" (1:8).

Then Barnabas departed for Tarsus to seek Saul. And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. - Acts 11:25-26

As brilliant a preacher as Paul became, the most important early communication of the gospel message came by ordinary Christians who simply shared the message of Jesus with their neighbors. In this way, Gentiles found their way into the largely Jewish Christian fold, and the churches began to multiply. At Antioch, these disciples were taught and nurtured by Paul and Barnabas, and here the believers first took the name Christians.

Now about this time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword . - Acts 12:1-2

From its very beginnings, Christianity was no easy matter. The Lord whom Christians served had died on a cross, condemned as a criminal. Soon thereafter Stephen was stoned to death following his witness before the council of the Jews. Then James was killed at Herod Agrippa's order. Ever since then, and up to our own days, there have been those who have had to seal their witness with their blood. - Justo L. Gonzalez

He proceeded further to seize Peter also.... Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. - Acts 12:3, 5

Alongside Paul, Peter stands out in Acts as a key player in the advancing kingdom (as one of Jesus' boldest disciples, he stood out quite a bit in the gospels as well). Peter faced the same imprisonments and persecution for the gospel that Paul did, and he also experienced the same divine grace that enabled their work. (In Acts 12:5-19, an angel appears to Peter in prison and miraculously frees him from his shackles.) He wrote to Christians in Asia Minor: "If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 4:11). Without question, Peter and Paul were co-laborers in wondrous works of God.


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Audrey4j More than 1 year ago
In The Footsteps of Paul is Ken Duncan's third full-color armchair tour. He took all the stunning, full-color photos that lead us on a tour of The Apostle Paul's journeys. Mark Gilroy and Jessica Inman wrote the text and compiled everything into one can't-put-it-down volume. Duncan wrote the text and took the photos for his first and second books, Where Jesus Walked and The Passion,. Don't look at this book alone--sit down together with a child or another adult to enjoy the breathtaking photos, text and abundant scriptures that take us to places mentioned in the Book of Acts and Paul's Epistles. Every family, grandparent and church/public library needs one of these treasures. For more information about Duncan, visit Reviewed by Audrey Hebbert, author of Green Light Red Light.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book as a gift to my children. The photography is wonderful and gives you the feeling that you step back in time.
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excellent for study
cbCO7 More than 1 year ago
Fabulous, beautiful, interesting
april0514 More than 1 year ago
This book is THE perfect coffee table or gift book! Its thick and hard and beautiful from the cover to the pages inside of it! The front cover itself captured my attention! However, the photos inside are breathtaking! The photographer in this book really captured how beautiful the countries and places were that Paul went! The writings helped explain it even more and were beautiful in the font they were written in! Just looking through the pages at the pictures alone can relax you as you see how beautiful of a job the photographer did! I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves paul, coffee table books, acts, or the bible in general! Great find!
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
"In the Footsteps of Paul: Experience the Journey that Changed the World" by Ken Duncan is a very practical book. It is composed by a world renowned photographer. Duncan writes his own words, but the vast majority of the text is Bible quotations and quotations from famous Christians (Billy Graham and CS Lewis just to name a few). The book accounts Paul's journey from when he first became a Christian, began his missions, and eventually became a martyr. The glossy pages and hard cover truly make this book eye candy for any book shelf. More beautiful yet are the pictures within the book. The nature scenes are taken at excellent angles, and readers feel like they are in those places Paul went. Some photos even show ruins. Others show the places Paul went in the past with a modern twist--with people walking about and doing their business. This book is a work of art in every sense of the word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This week I read the book "In The Footsteps of Paul" by Ken Duncan. Not only is Ken the author of this book, but he is also a world renowned photographer that took each photograph for this stunning picture book. Ken traveled the cities, roads, and areas where Paul once spread the gospel, and captured some absolutely amazing photos! I have always been a visual learner, so this book has really brought Paul's missionary journeys from the Bible to life in a whole new way. I love great photography, and the pictures throughout this book were truly beautiful! In the Footsteps of Paul is also filled with pertinent scriptures, relevant quotes, and insightful geographical commentary. My boys were so excited about this book too, so we will be looking at the pictures and reading through it together at bedtime as well.
cheerfulpatty More than 1 year ago
I received this book to do a review on. Upon opening the package the cover of the hardback book was so serene and beautiful. This author and photographer take you to places that we would normally never be able to take in our lives. The photography is wonderful, not like the old pictures from other books that looks as if it were taken 50 years ago. These photos are new, fresh and knowing that Paul once walked on those very paths and were in those exact towns, came alive for me. I love the Bible and Paul is one of my favorite authors and to have this book hand in hand with the Holy bible makes reading about his walk with in the ministry come more alive. I love this so much that I am giving it to my Father for a gift so he to can enjoy it as much as I do.
PJtheEMT More than 1 year ago
In the Footsteps of Paul By Ken Duncan Ken Duncan successfully takes on the ambitious endeavor of capturing the life and missionary journey of the apostle Paul through the use of photography. As a member of the Thomas Nelson Review Blogger program, it was my pleasure to review this historical and yet spiritually insightful gift book. The vivid photography of the actual places where Paul spoke and traveled adds realism to the bible accounts. For example, on page 71 there is a photo of the actual remains of the house believed to be the location where Paul preached in Perga! For those of us who may never travel to the distant lands where Paul preached, this book brings to life what we read of Paul missionaries and letters from the bible. Well known places that we may recall from the book of Acts, such as Tarsus and the Roman roads that Paul traveled are portrayed in this book! We actually can see the streets in Damascus, and the Caesarea Harbor. This book also shows us the ancient aqueducts and the Temple of Olympian Zeus as well! We can even take a glimpse of the actual location where Paul and Silas were flogged in the Roman Agora. For anyone who has read the bible, actually viewing these locations will be such a wonderful experience. While I have emphasized the photography, the complimentary commentary and historical information presented with the photos are very informative as well. Even for those readers who have never read the bible, I would definitely recommend this gift book.
Amanda40 More than 1 year ago
Whether you are looking for a book for your self or as a gift for someone this is a great choice. It is a hardback book with a beautiful jacket cover. It is by world renowned photographer Ken Duncan. He has several other books out but this was my first and I can tell you I was very impressed. The pictures are breathtaking. Each picture/page has a scripture reference and part of the story of the apostle Paul. The pictures are amazing. Some are scenery of the land and county were Paul lived his life, some are actual building or places were Paul was, and some are of art work depicting Paul's life and ministry. I found the story to be fascinating. I consider my self fairly knowledgeable but there was a lot that I did not know about him. I feel like I say this a lot but I wish they used the King James version of the bible for the scripture references. I prefer the eloquent language used in that edition of the bible but I must be alone in this thinking because it seems others prefer the more common language in newer translations. Still over all this was a beautiful and educational book that would be a great addition to anyone's library.
MPadrelanan More than 1 year ago
In the Footsteps of Paul, by the world renowned photographer, Ken Duncan, shows us the paths that the Apostle Paul has taken during his missionary journeys. It starts with The Making of a Man, which shows us where Paul came from, what he went through before he met the Lord God when his life changed forever. Then follows The Mission of a Man, where Ken Duncan traces the paths of Paul's three missionary journeys. Ending with The Destiny of a Man, which allows us to reflect on all that happened to Paul during his last days in Rome. As I stated in my title, you can't read this book in one sitting. You can't have a look at Ken Duncan's fabulous photos and not reflect on the ways that the Lord has worked in his life. You can't go through the book without seeing God's glory reflected in its pages. I can't help but shed a few tears as I reflect on what Paul and the other saints went through to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ken Duncan's photos opened up an entire new world for me, these places where I've never been to but now can see through his lenses. Though the photos were of the modern times, you can already imagine how it was during the times when the Apostle Paul went through those places. Every page is filled with verses from the Holy Bible and quotations from well-known men of faith. In The Footsteps of Paul is an excellent book to know more about the life and ministry of Paul. It's perfect to give as a gift, can be used for personal reflection, and it even can be used as a supplement to teach about Paul's life in the homeschool or in the classroom. I love this book not only for the photos, but for the chance it gave me to know more about the apostle Paul.
Garridon More than 1 year ago
In the Footsteps of Paul, by Ken Duncan, is a photo book following the travels of the Apostle Paul. The book is laid out with color photos, accompanied by Biblical passages, quotes from people, and text about Paul in relation to the photos. Comments on photos and illustrations first: The photography is spectacular. We're treated to photos of places Paul probably travelled to during his missionary journeys--Syria, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, Jordan. It's amazing to think that these places have survived time and still can be visited. For me, the most fascinating thing was to see the maps showing Paul's three missionary journeys. I was impressed when I realized how far he managed to travel, considering that the only options open to him would have been mainly on foot or by horse. It looks like he might have traveled by sea, also. Text: This is where I think the book didn't do as good a job. I'm not familiar at all with Paul's story, and the writing made me feel like I should have studied first. The writing just didn't pull me and give me a story to follow, especially not in the beginning. Towards the end, it started to pick up and I got into it more. I think I would have liked to see more of the history pulled in to give me context, instead of having so many quotes from people and phrases like "Paul may have seen this" on his way to somewhere else. For the photos: Five stars. For the text: One and a half stars.
Becky32982 More than 1 year ago
I have recently read the book, In the Footsteps of Paul, by Ken Duncan. This book is an illustrated narration of the life and traveles of the apostle Paul. When I began reading this book, it took me 20 pages to get into the story and layout of the book. Then ,I was hooked. I knew nothing of the story of Paul, since I am not a studied religious person. I found his story to be very interesting. I learned to love the layout of the book. It is so different from other books I have read. Each page has a beautiful photograph of a location or piece of artwork, with a bible verse and a paragraph or two from the author. I found this design to be very easy to read, easy to follow, and highly entertaining. It took a more serious subject and historical facts and portrayed them in a captivating manner. It is a very modern twist on an old subject manner. The photography in this book are breathtaking. Some of the landscape photographs were so vivid and beautiful. I have never had any desire to travel to some of the places documented in this book and now it has moved way up on my travel dream list. It is impossible to narrow down the best photographs and scripture in this book because each page is amazing in itself. My husband is not a reader but any means. He actually sat down and read this book with me. He attended private Lutheran elementary school and is very educated with the bible. We had a great time reading the verses together and discussing Paul's story. It was a wonderful way for us to share this amazing book and have a deep religious conversation together. I plan to read this book with his mother on my next visit to see her. She is a very active member of bible study and I would love to her her thoughts on this book. I would not be surprised if she wants to steal my copy. Overall, I was very impressed with this book. It greatly exceeded my expectations and original impressions.
RCampbell More than 1 year ago
The first thing I noticed about this book was its size! it is a large, heavy book packed full of beautiful photographs. But this book has more than just jaw-dropping photos. The photos are arranged to tell the story of one of the most prominent New Testament figures- Paul. It begins with his conversion, progresses through his missionary journeys, and concludes with his imprisonment and death. The story is told through Biblical quotes and occasional brief commentary quoted from top Christian authors and theologians. The photos are of actual places and cities where Paul would have lived and moved. It was neat to see the ancient areas where Paul lived out the story I have read so many times in the Bible. It brought a new dimension to that story and made it more real. It made Paul seem more like an ordinary guy who lived out an amazing calling and purpose instead of a book character. It was also informative in that it illuminated several aspects of Paul's life that I had somehow skipped over or not noticed before (as sometimes can happen when reading a brief line or two in the Bible.) I really enjoyed this book. It would look pretty left out in the living area for people to leaf through, but it also has substance and deserves a good read-through from beginning to end.
Jennmarie68 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The pictures alone would have made a great book, but the descriptions and the "story" behind the pictures gave them that much more meaning. Seeing places that Paul traveled during his many journeys was sort of surreal. I think that Ken Duncan should be awarded for his ability to capture the scenes of these places in a way that portrays that enormous role they played in the bible. Being that I don't have an intimate knowledge of Paul's travels I thought that I may be a little lost as to where these places were and their importance. The scriptures and notes that go along with the pictures made Paul's life and his tribulations clear to me. At the very least this book is a great collection of photography. However I feel that the way the book was constructed allows the reader to have a accurate picture of the places Paul traveled as well as the significance of event that occurred during his travels.
I-love-to-read More than 1 year ago
M-M-M-M-M!!!!!!!! What a spectacular book! The minute it arrived I sat down and read the entire volume right though!. John Macarthur has captured St. Paul's life in the vivid hues of the Bible. The book is divided into three segments: The Making of a Man, the Mission of a Man and the Destiny of a Man. Each photograph is displayed with Bible quotes, background and explanations. This is my first experience with a John Macarthur book but I shall certainly be on the look-out for more. I recommend this book as a wonderful visual companion to any New Testament version that you might be reading or teaching.
hobnobs More than 1 year ago
I love reading Paul's letters and someday would love to travel a small portion of the path that he traveled on his mission. So, when I came across In The Footsteps of Paul on the review list I was excited to be able to request a review opportunity! A book about Paul and his travels along with the photography of Ken Duncan- what more could I ask for. It is stunning. Interspersed with the amazing photography of Ken Duncan, scripture from Acts and Paul's letters, excerpts from theologians and writers such as Billy Graham, Max Lucado, and Thomas Merton it takes the reader through a journey of Paul's life, beginning at his birthplace of Tarsus and then following each of his journey's to the end of his ministry. I actually have had a chance to stand in some of the places where Paul stood when we traveled to Israel and it brings a totally different perspective to scripture when you read the passages and can actually picture what you are reading of. Being a very visual person I found the photos of not only the ancient world of Paul, but the modern world of today very interesting as it was matched along with specific passages. I also found the book to be very inspiring and found myself wondering what would life be like if we all put our entire trust in the Holy Spirit as Paul did. "The Holy Spirit had prevented Paul's company from going into Asia, and here Paul received a vision leading them to Macedonia. Acts will pic up this theme increasingly: God Himself directed Paul's ministry. He called him on the road to Damascus, He separated him for missionary work in Antioch, and He would continue to guide him as he ministered. Later, when it became evident that Paul was traveling irresistibly to Rome, where he faced certain opposition and probable death, he would stay the course without flinching. He knew that the Holy Spirit directed his every move." I would highly recommend this book - you will not be disappointed. I hope that you are inspired and blessed by it as I was.
Blackberry_Rambles More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful, photo-filled book which documents in 176 pages the journey of the apostle Paul from his birthplace in Tarsus through his conversion on the road to Damascus, his subsequent missionary journeys throughout Asia Minor and Europe, to his death many years later in Rome. Ken Duncan, a renowned photographer, has captured these scenes from Paul's life with beautiful and artistic photos. Paired with Scriptures, quotes from well-known pastors and leaders, and short notes of explanation, the photos give us an informative, though brief, biography of the apostle Paul. This book would make an ideal gift book and is perfect for coffee tables. It would be a wonderful book for Christian waiting rooms, counseling offices, pastor's offices, or as a reference book for a Bible study group studying the life of Paul or any of his writings. Having travelled to many of theses places myself, I can attest to the excellent job Duncan has done in capturing the beauty and feel of these locations which include many, many places in Palestine, Cyprus, Asia minor, Greece and Rome. I definately recommend this book for its pictorial account of Paul's life.
timetravel More than 1 year ago
In the Footsteps of Paul is a lovely display book with luxurious paper featuring beautiful photographs of the locations where Paul lived and traveled. Some are quite emotional as the photograph of the pillar on which Paul was beheaded and the site believed to be part of Ananias's house where Paul was taught. While beautiful, the book is lacking in substance to enhance the importance of the places being photographed. Most pages have one photo per page with a location label and either a scripture or a paragraph about Paul's ministry. There is no real depth to the book so it would not help much for study or even as a devotional. Another problem I had was the print was difficult to read. The labels for the pictures are in very small print and the scriptures have oddly printed some of the words in a faint beige color. While beautiful to look at, it makes them difficult to read. I was very disappointed in this book. It would have been more useful to have half as many pictures with more details of the historical significance of the sites.