Paul: The Apostle of Christ by Angela Hunt

Paul, Apostle of Christ is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life every time he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, held captive in Nero’s bleakest prison cell. Before Paul’s execution, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Paul has survived so much–floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure–yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past. He wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

Two men struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to bequeath the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. – from author’s website

Since I had seen the movie prior to reading this book and this is a novelization of the movie, I knew what was going to happen in the book so it wasn’t like anything was really new to me in the book. However, with the book version, you get a deeper view of the motivations behind the characters and what they’re thinking. There were more point-of-view characters than I usually like but it was consistent with the movie. Because it is based on the movie, it doesn’t have as much detail as most books that are written on their own have but it was still well written. I enjoyed seeing the friendship between Luke and Paul as it was not something I tend to think about. I also like that they included a question and answer section at the end of the book about which things were fact and fiction.

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.”


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