Much as Walter Wangerin did in his novel Paul, Schuller attempts to explain the conversion of the Christ-hating Saul of Tarsus into Paul, one of the pillars of Christ's Church in the decades after his crucifixion. This fictionalized account traces the major events in Saul's life, including his persecution of the followers of Christ and his overseeing the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. As a trail of blood follows Saul throughout the Roman Empire, his devotion to what he perceives as his protection of God from false prophets is unwavering until one fateful day on the road to Damascus when Jesus appears before him and strikes him blind. While blind, Paul is cast down to the gates of Hell, where Jesus rescues him and offers him the chance to repent his sins. Weeping, he does and from that point on he never turns from his new path. While Wangerin's Paul covers a greater portion of the saint's life, Schuller's book captures a facet of Paul's personality his ability to shape the lives of others through his actions worth exploring. For most collections. [Further information on this book can be obtained on the author's web site, www.exceptforthesechains.com. Ed.] Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.