This is a novel about Paul the Apostle from birth to the end of his first missionary journey. Written for adults, nevertheless it is contains nothing unsuitable for advanced younger readers. There are many books about this great man, but this is something fresh and different, a ‘back story’ creating warm empathy with a complex man who is both anguished and admirable, flawed and likeable. Far more than a mere ‘character’, in this novel the passionate Shaul Benjamin of Tarsus steps out of the New Testament pages, coming to life in a story of ambition, failure, and redemption.
The childhood, formative years, friendships, and struggles of this driven man are all depicted in intriguing detail, with lively characters, believable incidents, and a well researched background. The book also gives insight on what might have been behind the more unusual quirks of his strong personality, which shaped his outlook to life and the gospel.
Culturally relevant, and faithful to the New Testament record, this fictional work takes the reader on a journey of love and laughter, fear and failure, tears, and excitement. For believers and non believers alike, it is enjoyable as a robust story of Jewish experience and travel in the first century Roman empire, and the birth of a momentous new world faith.
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About the Author
S. J. Knight is a published author and former Australian Broadcasting Commission radio scriptwriter, who has written a wide range of material over many years, including bible plays for young and old, and seven children’s books.
In more recent years the author’s true passion was found in writing scriptural novels for adult readers. The first of these was A Time To Hear, which began as a serial for a magazine, and was later adapted as a musical stage play (now published by Xlibris to benefit amateur performance groups).
“The characters were so real to me that I had to find out what happened to them – and then what happened next … I ended up with a trilogy. A Time To Hear, A Time to See and A Time to Speak. A Time To Act is a segue from these books, in which a few previous characters reappear. I hope it will be the first of a second trilogy.
As a writer I’m a time traveller. I love being transported back to the reality and physicality of the biblical world, which to me is always there, on the other side of an unseen door, waiting to be experienced. Stepping through that door helps 21st Century readers to see the scriptural records shining in their full original context, and to better appreciate their relevance to modern lives.
In writing about ordinary people in extraordinary times – people just like us – I hope to inspire in others a similar sense of immediacy, empathy, and connection with the great events of scripture.”