Beyond The Buzz

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

– Ray Bradbury

Book Review: I, Saul

Published September 14th, 2013 in Our Blog, Reviews | Comments Off on Book Review: I, Saul

We’re going to take a step away from the marketing advice for a short time this week to give you a recommendation for a book I recently finished. Don’t worry though – more marketing advice coming soon!

 

51RTb9mvhsL._SY346_Synopsis (from Amazon.com)
From multi-million copy best-selling novelist Jerry Jenkins comes a compelling international thriller that conveys you from present-day Texas to a dank Roman dungeon in A.D. 67, then down the dusty roads of ancient Israel, Asia, and back to Rome.

A young seminary professor, Augustine Knox, is drawn into a deadly race to save priceless parchments from antiquities thieves and discovers a two- thousand-year old connection with another who faced death for the sake of the truth. I, Saul consists of two riveting adventures in one, transporting you between the stories of Augustine Knox and Saul of Tarsus.

Filled with political intrigue, romance, and rich historical detail, I, Saul is a thrilling tale of loyal friendships tested by life-or-death quests, set two millennia apart, told by a master storyteller.

I love historical fiction. I studied writing in college with a minor in history because it was a dream at the time to write beautiful stories from ages past. Since then, my dreams have modified a bit and I don’t aspire to write it as much as I do to find good historical reads. I’m happy to say that this is one of those. When I, Saul came across my desk for a blog tour, I was intrigued. I’m glad I gave it a spot on my ‘to-read’ list.

I, Saul travels back and forth through time to share not only a modern day adventure, but delve into the life of the Apostle Paul. From the very first page, I was drawn into the story. The modern day characters, embroiled in international chaos, played nicely against the historical backdrop of Paul’s own journey and struggles.

I enjoyed the insight into the life and times of Paul, Luke and the other apostles. Through this story we learn more about Timothy, Luke and several others who, for most of us, are merely names in a book. Jenkins gives them life and breath and makes me wish I could have known them. The passion and desire for sharing the gospel is striking and beautiful even as it’s difficult to imagine in the kind of persecution they endure.

The modern day story was filled with enough mystery and suspense to keep things moving along at a nice pace as well. Though I was able to figure out some of the surprises within the story, I was pleasantly shocked at a few others.

All in all, this was not only an entertaining read, but an educational one as well. It was great to learn more about the lives of the men in the Word and see how their stories continue to impact us in the modern day.

If you’re interested, I, Saul is available to purchase from Amazon.com. For history buffs and Bible scholars, this is a good one to have in your library! 

Note: I received this book as part of the I, Saul blog tour from Fiction Addict. I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes.