I, Saul

I, Saul

by Jerry B. Jenkins
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Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
 I, Saul is...  An adrenaline rush, as we watch quiet professor Augustine Aquinas Knox answer a strange text message/phone call from a dear friend in dire trouble. Then we watch Augie prepare a Smith and Wesson .9 millimeter handgun, purchase a flight ticket and head off on an adventure that like all great adventures, he never expected, which is full of turns and plot twists that we readers don't see coming! I, Saul is...  A look into the Apostle Paul's life, often told in his own words and always vividly described from Paul's youth to his adult years before and then after he was transformed by our Lord, all the way to his final days, when Paul overflowed with boldness in the Spirit as he was held in a terrible prison.  In our day and age, we have lots of debate about whether Biblical writings are "authentic,"  about whether old-looking bits of parchments with unbiblical writings on them (about Jesus' wife, for example) are true, and the world is rocked with each new discovery. Now imagine that the parchments that Paul referred to in his letter to Timothy still existed today, preserved in almost their exact original condition. Imagine that they were found...  Imagine that the humble Professor Augie Knox, his best friend and mentor Roger- a man who knows the Bible and the places of the Bible better than the back of his own hand but has yet to know personal redemption through Jesus, and Augie's beautiful fiancee Sofia are what stands between Paul's preserved memoir being a gift to the world or it becoming a payday for corrupt and greedy people.  Imagine that even stronger  than the adventure, of which there is a bucketful, is the theme  of spiritual renewal, especially amid complex family relationships.  I am delighted with this book.   I am very grateful to have received a copy from the publisher to review here at my blog.  {Hi Worthy!!! Waves hand at Worthy Publishing.}  I am also in a state of terrible suspense, because the ending of I, Saul, while it wraps up this first part of the adventure quite nicely, also lays wonderful groundwork for a sequel. So now I need to wait for I, Paul. Well, I guess I can tell y'all to read this one in the meanwhile.
ActuaryLady More than 1 year ago
If, like me, you've wondered what the Apostle Paul's final days in that Roman dungeon might have been like, then read I, Saul by Jerry Jenkins . A somewhat obscure reference Paul makes to parchments in verse 4:13 of his final letter, 2 Timothy, is the basis for a story involving discovery of those parchments in current-day Rome along with a back-story from biblical times. In the book's odd-numbered chapters, a modern-day theology professor from Texas travels to Rome to try to save the first-century parchment from robbers; in even-numbered chapters, the Apostle Luke, after befriending Paul's prison guards, is allowed to read the parchment that turns out to be a riveting autobiography by his friend Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus). It's fortuitous that when the story gets particularly intense, the next chapter is back to the story that is separated by 20 centuries. In both time periods, there's romance, intrigue, history, and the bad guys vs good guys scenario that is a part of the human condition; but most of all there is a story of faith and of family legacy. And in typical Jenkins fashion, Scripture references become engaging dialogue. I definitely look forward to the sequel, I, Paul, for resolution in both eras of the story, for a further look at the early days of The Church, and for inspiration from Paul's life..   Note: I was provided with an Advance Reader's Copy of this book.
SandrasBookNook More than 1 year ago
I originally thought this was a biography of Saul/Paul when I first requested the book. I was somewhat disappointed to find out it was a mix of modern day and a fictionalized time that we know little about, but decided to keep an open mind. It started out fairly well, and I was enjoying it. I was taken aback that Scriptures set in Paul's time weren't from the King James Version. The modern language did NOT fit with the time and their way of speaking. Unfortunately, it got a lot worse after that. The modern day times were okay, but I definitely enjoyed the sections from Paul's time less and less. Originally, even though it was a fictionalized account, I felt that the character shown could very well fit with what we know of Saul/Paul. I had a definite issue with the whole issue of Naomi and Paul years and years later ending a day of preaching and service for God with tears over a lost love given what the Scriptures teach us, especially having Paul call them his "adulterous yearning". That frankly made me sick and--honestly--somewhat angry with the author. When they started changing the Bible I was ready to pitch the whole book and only finished it as I was so near the end. This book has Paul being with (though not an actual member)of the Sanhedrin during Christ's time and the sole person to bring about the death of Stephen. The Bible says "Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord..." but the book has only Saul crying out and giving all the instructions on how to kill him instead of just laying their clothes at his feet However, the Bible clearly calls Saul a "young man" at the time of Stephen's death. According to the book he would be well over 30, and at 30 he would be considered a "man" and lose the distinction of "young man". There is no way the Sanhedrin would follow a young man in such weighty matters. I can deal with a poorly written book, a book that just isn't my cup of tea, or even a character or characters I don't care for. Call me a fanatic, purist, Bible-believer (I'll thank you for the compliment!), but DON'T mess with God's Word!! I try to be generous in my reviews even with books I don't care for or actively dislike, but I will not be gentle with someone twisting or changing the Bible. That alone dropped this from a probably 3 star to a 1 star (I can't give it no stars) review. I received a copy of this book from Worthy Publishing for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
MinnieEM More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. The cross between history and today is wonderful. I would highly recommend it.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I love a good redemption story and this new book by Jerry Jenkins has two storylines that qualify! The first chapter starts in modern day Texas and thrusts us into the life of seminary professor, Dr. Augie Knox. While giving end of term finals Dr. Knox gets a mysterious text from a friend in trouble. Augie feels compelled to help and puts everything on hold to fly across the world to see what he can do. Chapter two brings us to first century Rome where we find the Apostle Paul imprisoned during his final days on earth. Luke, the disciple of Christ comes to minister to him and help him prepare for his impending execution. Nero wants Paul kept alive so they can put him to death. Paul isn't so concerned about dying but he is adamant about finishing his memoir for his friends and family. From that point on the two stories are woven together with a sense of mystery and intrigue that has the pages flying by. Even if you are very familiar with the story of Saul of Tarsus and his Damascus road experience that allows him to become the Apostle Paul, I think you will be drawn into the details that Mr. Jenkins has written. I appreciated how the story stayed true to scripture yet it fleshed out the characters with feelings and emotions that brought them to life. Even though I knew Paul was headed to execution I wept at his familiar words. While my favorite part of the book was that of Paul, the story of Augie is also an intriguing read. Throughout the tale we are slowly introduced to the difficult relationship that Augie has with his adopted father. I won't give anything away, but the redemption that is brought about with the father and son is very heartwarming. If you enjoy a fast paced mystery that is filled with historical facts I think you will really enjoy this new book by Jerry Jenkins. I particularly think this is his best work yet.  I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Will anxiously wait for next book.
d1of1 More than 1 year ago
This book, written by one of my favorite authors, Jerry Jenkins (Left behind series, which I've read twice) is just as good if not better than his other books. I loved it. It brings the bible to life in a way that is in common words we can understand. Thank you Mr. Jenkins and Mr. MacDonald! I want MORE! :o) (Also loved Matthew, Mark, Luke &John).
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If you enjoy Christian based fiction you will devower every page of this book! I purchased this book because of who wrote it and the synopsis sounded interesting. The story begins with a mysterious urgent phone call, intrigue and potential danger abroad. Along side this storyline is a dramatization of the life of Saul/Paul. The ending will surprise you! If you use a nook i will be more than happy to share it with you
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likesmusic More than 1 year ago
I, Saul by Jerry B. Jenkins is definitely a five star novel. This book is a stirring fiction with facts of scripture and brings to life one of history's greatest men, the Apostle Paul.   The story starts with Augie getting a text from his friend to drop everything and rush to his aid as there has been a murder. Augie's friend is next in line to be killed. The story goes back and forth between modern day Texas and first century Rome. Augie is a seminary professor who is struggling with trying to make his father love him and trying to get on with his life and marry his finance Sofia. The mystery is an artifact ( the memoir of Paul's is found in a prison wall) is stolen and the thieves are not who you think they are. If you like mystery and Biblical fact and fiction, then this is the story for you.  It is fact paced and I loved reading the story of Paul's life as a child up to his death. This novel has Paul's account of Stephen's stoning and Paul's conversion on the Road to Damascus. These facts are written on parchment that Luke, ( the doctor) tries to help Paul finish and protect before Paul is killed.  Paul and Roger (the one that sent the text)  are friends and have been for years. Roger knows the Bible and is able to quote it but he is not a believer and that is the one thing that Augie wants to make sure gets resolved though out the story. I won't tell you whether or not Roger becomes a believer or not! But I know you want to know, so read this book! Even through the book is fiction I believe it will give the reader a new insight into way Paul acted the way he did before he met the Lord and why he was so great a witness after. The only thing I was disappointed in was the very last sentence of this book, ( because I, Paul is coming in 2014). I want to read it now but am eagerly waiting for this second book about Paul. I was given a copy of this book for my honest review by Worthy Publishing Group.
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