Monday, April 25, 2016

Empire's End (repeat post) by Jerry B. Jenkins + A GIVEAWAY!

     I originally posted this review in June of 2015. I was sent an additional copy of this wonderful book by Worthy Publishing for the express purpose of having a giveaway for it. How can I possibly give away a copy of a book without letting you know, in the same post, how good it is.

Title: Empire’s End
Author: Jerry B. Jenkins
Pages: 336
Year: 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 novel!

     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.

Giveaway Information:

     Leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win this wonderful book. Please include in your comment your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner. Suggested format: debbie (at) yahoo (dot) com

     I will leave it open for one week. Next Monday, May 2, 2016, I will use to draw the winner. I will then send an email to the winner to get their mailing address. I will give them 3 days to contact me before drawing another winner. I plan to mail the book out by the end of the week. After confirming the winner I will announce their name here on my blog.

     Good luck.


  1. Sounds like a good read! Count me in
    Anne (at) Rightler (dot) com

  2. Thank you for having a giveaway. I have read some of his books and they are always great. I dint know about this one, so would like the chance to read it.

  3. Oops forgot email

  4. It sounds like a good story; I've enjoyed a lot of books you've reviewed. rsbvlb(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I would love to put you in the drawing. I will need your email address so that I can contact you if you win.

  6. Hey Deb! This is my first time here, I believe. Nice blog....definitely will be following. If it's not too late, please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

  7. Hi Deb - didn't realize you had a blog. Looks very good! Please enter me in the drawing - looks like a great book.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. Posted it wrong the first time... I would love to win! My email address is: heavens0sonshine(at)gmail(dot)com
      That is the number zero between heavens (zero) sonshine

  9. I notified the winner on Monday and I have now heard back from her. The winner for this giveaway is Deana Dick. I will get your book in the mail in the next couple of days Deana. Congratulations.