Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Paul Brought to Life

My review of In the Footsteps of Paul by Ken Duncan:

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.

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