“Empire’s End” is a fictional account of Paul’s transformation from persecutor of the Jews to the devoted bondservant of Christ who was later imprisoned and killed because of his faith in the Messiah. Not as good as “I, Saul”, the latest book by Jerry B. Jenkins still thrills as Jenkins attempts to fill in the gaps (though fictional) of how Saul became Paul and all of the experiences mentioned briefly in Scripture but never elaborated on.
Thanks to Jenkins, Paul’s transformation comes to life on the Damascus Road and we get an exciting view of what might have happened between his meeting with Jesus and his call to be an apostle to the Gentiles. Even if you know how the story ends, readers will still find themselves mesmerized by the story. Paul’s life was marked by passion, obsession and violence, but his redemption story and the rest of his life were filled with an intensity and passion for the transformation of others. Paul had no way of knowing that 2000 years later, people would be turning to God based on his words and testimony.
“Empire’s End” is well with the read, but, in my opinion, it should be read prior to “I, Saul”. It ends abruptly suggesting a continuation.
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