I’m Reading: I, Saul

I, Saul: A Novel

By Jerry B. Jenkins

with James S. MacDonald

Actually, I finished reading this interesting work of religious fiction on Tuesday night. After a slow start, I, Saul picked up speed and became a compulsive page-turner, which I’ve come to expect from Jerry.

Reading this book, I gained a new appreciation for the gravity of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus, as well as the price the apostle later paid as a martyr. I must say, though, I was left scratching my head over the motivations of the ice-cold character, Edsel Augustine, as well as his deathbed thawing. The characters, unfortunately, were not as rich and nuanced as was the plot, although I could have used even more action in this action thriller.

And just who is this James S. MacDonald? Is he, as I suspect, the founding pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel? If so, why aren’t we told this?

Overall, recommended.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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