Friday, June 12, 2015

Empire's End by Jerry B. Jenkins

Title: Empire’s End
Author: Jerry B. Jenkins
Pages: 336
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Note: I received a free copy of this book through Worthy Publishing’s First Look Blog Tours program in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Betrayal. Passion. Defiance. Violence. An obsessed persecutor transformed. And the world would never be the same.

     Mining clues sprinkled throughout Paul’s writings, Jerry B. Jenkins weaves a thoroughly believable tale filled with high drama at every turn. This inventive, page-turning novel is steeped in bravado and bloodshed, conflict and deep devotion, romance and political maneuvering. The result is a can’t-put-it-down thriller crafted to satisfy any curious observer’s longing to meet a flesh-and-blood man whose mission and message ultimately triggered the end of the great Roman Empire.

My review:

     This is an incredible Biblical fiction story!

     From the time Saul first appears in the book of Acts until the time he is sent on his first missionary journey there is not much information given in the Bible. I believe that Jerry Jenkins has taken each of the few details we know from scripture and then added to them facts about life during the time period and probably even Jewish history. He then used all of these to craft a very believable and captivating account of the largely unknown years of Paul’s life in this very entertaining story.

     I was very quickly drawn into the story. I loved how he interspersed periods of activity and interaction between Paul and others with periods where Paul was alone with God. When Paul was alone with God, God Himself was teaching him many of the truths about God’s nature and how mankind is to live life. These truths are what Paul wrote in the letters he sent to the churches and to individuals that are contained in the New Testament.

     I was completely entranced by this very plausible account of the early years of Paul’s life as a believer. Therefore, I am giving it 5 stars and highly recommending it.

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