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Paul by Walter Wangerin Jr.
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really liked it
bookshelves: following-jesus, wind, doing-theology, fiction

I think Walter Wangerin's book should be better known. It is a splendid fictionalization of one of the greatest stories people don't really understand -- the invention of the church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Wangerin traces Saul/Paul on his way through the account of his conversion and deployment in Acts. Along the way, he adds some wonderful flesh to the other names mentioned in Acts and the letters Paul wrote to his churches. A great deal of the narrative is a retelling of the history, the rest falls into the category of "if this isn't true, it should be." The relationship of Paul to Barnabas, James, Peter, Timothy, Prisca, Titus, and Erastus are particurlarly moving. Adding in Seneca (related to Gallio, mentioned in Acts) makes the Roman angle come alive. Each character (except Paul) is given their own voice to describe what is going on. As a result, Wangerin does what he does best: concoct a human story charged with faith, hope and love to which we can all relate.

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Started Reading
2018 – Finished Reading
June 14, 2018 – Shelved
June 14, 2018 – Shelved as: following-jesus
June 14, 2018 – Shelved as: wind
June 14, 2018 – Shelved as: doing-theology
June 14, 2018 – Shelved as: fiction

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