The Apostle : A Life of Paul
The Acclaimed Biography of the Early Church's Greatest Evangelist--the Apostle Paul.Master storyteller John Pollock makes Paul and his amazing story freshly alive, so that you can know the greatest apostle much as Luke and Timothy did as they traveled with him. As you turn the pages, you'll sense Paul's motives, his aims and priorities; what mattered to him; and what he wa...more
This perspective of the founders of Catholicism as flawed human beings was something that I've never considered. Though not one of the ...more
“One of the most frequently mentioned figures in history, whose writings are read by millions every day, is little known to this generation as a person. The name of Saint Paul the Apostle is familiar to all Christians, to most J ...more
As a Bible teacher, this book provided great continuity between the individual missiological challenges Paul faced and how life situations influenced his strategy/writings. Pollock does an admirab ...more
This biography filled in many holes and gave ...more
I read previews from several biographies but found that many of them had quotes from this book by John Pollock.
I love the way Pollock took me from beginning to end. Most of his reference is from the Bible, but many details are added based on other historical facts and assum ...more
John Pollock tells the story of the life of Paul the apostle in this well written and thoroughly researched biography. Biblically based, this book tells not only the story from scripture, but adds extra canonical resources to fill in many of the gaps not recorded by Luke. Pollock is comfortable quoting Suetonius or Tacitus in addition to the Bible. He also speculates when appropriate to do so.
I don't always agree with Pollock. For instance, I assert that the epis ...more
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Though certainly there are some interpretative decisions made by the author in regards to details that are u ...more
There were some great nuggets in this read such as happiness comes from giving instead of receiving; Paul worked (like the scriptures say, you don't work you don't eat) and still did ministry not relying on others to pay his way...he only sought their gratitude. Most pastors sadly today rely on people's tithing and offering for their pay.
Leisure read 2014
Adrienna Turner, Author of "The Day Begins with ...more
tells the story of The Apostle Paul's life from, as Saul of Tarsus,how he persecuted Christians, to his conversion as one 'born out of season' to his martyr's death.
As I read, Paul's journeys became very real to me, as did his faith and his dedication.
I came away with a greater appreciation for this man and all those early believers who suffered and died to spread the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.
I was so drawn into this book on The life of Paul that I could not put it down. The author drew me in and captivated me with the story of Paul, his life and ministry. I felt like I "was there" along on the journey. I felt his struggles, his pain, his joys and at last, his triumph home going to be with the Lord Jesus Christ who he served. I recommend this book to all Christians, and all who love Paul. I look forward to reading more books by this author.
In the biographical sense, it sometimes was difficult to thread the story of his life. Im sure that was a challenge for the author. At times it was hard for me to get into it. Normally it doesn't take me that long to finish a book but this time it did.