Jerry B. Jenkins’s new novel is filled with adventure, drama, historic people and places, and even romance. Empire’s End tells the story of a man who single- handedly turned the Roman Empire on-end. It will be the heart-stopping story of the year! Only a few snapshots of Paul’s life are revealed in the Bible. In this fictional account, Jenkins tells of a devout Jewish scholar, who after only three years in the Arabian wilderness, emerges as the greatest Christian theologian in history. This novel explains how, after supervising the death of Jesus’s disciples, Paul would be moved to effectively conquer the Roman Empire with a message about a Jewish man named Jesus. You’ll be captured by the shocking “thorn in the flesh” that burdened Paul’s heart. Empire’s End will cause you to rethink whether Paul ever experienced the love of a woman or the embrace of a child
This fictional re-telling of Paul’s life starts with a bang. I had trouble putting the book down in the beginning as we meet Paul and is struck down in blindness. The reader gets to experience his heart opening to Jesus and the true message of the gospel.
As fast as this book starts is does slow down a bit and I have mixed feelings about this. At first I was bored but then as God spoke to Paul’s heart I realized the author was getting us to experience Paul’s quiet time, how God might have spoken to him. When you think about that it is deeply moving and a place we all need to be.
Overall I found this book to be at a deep spiritual level. Paul should be an example for every believer to draw away from the crowd daily and spend time in God’s presence and listen for His voice. Even Paul had his past to overcome but that didn’t stop him from devoting His live to Christ. The same should be true for all of us.
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A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.