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.”


On This Foundation by Lynn Austin

On This Foundation

Stone by Stone, the Wall Will Rise Once More Around God’s City

When news reaches him that Jerusalem’s wall is shattered and its gates burned with fire, a distraught Nehemiah seeks God’s guidance in fasting and prayer. Granted an unexpected leave from his duty as cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, Nehemiah sets out for Jerusalem to rebuild the city wall–never anticipating all the dangers that await him on his arrival.

The leaders of the surrounding nations become his fierce enemies, plotting to assassinate him and stop the wall’s reconstruction forever. A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, with many families resorting to selling their children as bondservants just to keep from starving.

Capturing the rebuilding of the wall through the eyes of a number of characters, On This Foundation is the powerful conclusion to The Restoration Chronicles. This exploration of faith in the midst of oppression offers hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe. – from author’s website

I will start of this review by saying that I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is the third book in Lynn Austin’s The Restoration Chronicles. Even though this is the third book in a series, you don’t have to the read the first two in order to understand this one. I enjoy it when a series can be read as stand-alone novels because then I don’t have to read all the books in a series if I don’t want to, and it’s a lot easier to wait for them to come out.

I like biblical fiction, especially ones written by Lynn Austin and this book is no different. She brings the Bible passages come alive. This time, she brings the story of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls to life. You can tell she’s researched the time period because the wall she has written it has made it understandable, but also believable that it could have happened that way. Of course, since the book is fiction, not everything that she included in the book actually happened in the Biblical account, but it’s fairly accurate to what is in the Bible.

This book included many elements, like romance, action, forgiveness, and other things. After I finished reading the book, it made me want to read the book of Nehemiah in the Bible to see it through new eyes.