Title: My Name is Saul: A Novel of the Ancient World
Author: Lin Wilder
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Living, Historical Fiction
"The time I was born for is here. I will wage war against these Christians, and I will emerge victorious. My name is Saul."
St. Paul the Apostle is a towering biblical figure, but almost nothing is known about his early life as Saul of Tarsus.
As death loomed over him at Mamertine Prison in Rome, under the watchful eye of his jailer and final follower Aurelius, he wrote:
I will die tomorrow. In the morning, around sunrise.
There are two things for which I am eminently grateful: That I have been permitted to have fought the good fight and finished the race marked out for me; and that I will not have to endure another winter in this place.
Starting from that pivotal moment, blending historical fact with audacious creativity, the author of the award-winning I, Claudia propels us back through the life of the man who would become St. Paul. Her vividly imagined, well-founded tale of loss, transformation, and divine intervention will captivate believers and non-believers alike who yearn for the human truth and drama behind the scriptures. "I am convinced that Saul is a man for our times," explains Wilder, "primarily because he was interested in just one thing: truth."
Talk about superb timing. This book is hitting the shelves right before Easter and this would make an ideal addition to every family celebrating. My Name is Saul should be a companion piece for everyone celebrating the rebirth this Spring.
The author, once more, has breathed life into two-dimensional people of the past. You will come to better know, understand, appreciate and love Apostle Paul with this work. Brilliantly researched and presented in an unique style, this book reads like a sermon from your beloved minister or one you once watched on TV: Billy Graham. A divine work that is another feather in the cap of this author.
Be warned: if you are not proficient with the New Testament, you might find it a bit hard sailing at times. Those who are strong in the Christian faith will love this book and it is a must-read.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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Lin Wilder holds a Doctorate in Public Health and has published extensively in fields like cardiac physiology, institutional ethics, and hospital management. In 2007, she switched from non-fiction to fiction. Her series of medical thrillers include many references to the Texas Medical Center where Lin worked for over twenty-three years.
Wilder’s first novel, The Fragrance Shed By A Violet: Murder in the Medical Center, was a winner in the 2017 IAN 2017 Book of the Year Awards, a finalist in the category of mystery. The Fragrance Shed By A Violet was a finalist in the NN Light 2017 Best Book of the Year Award in the category of mystery. Malthus Revisited: The Cup of Wrath, the fourth in the Dr.Lindsey McCall medical mystery series, won Silver/2nd Place award in the 2018 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program for the Women's Fiction category. Malthus Revisited was selected for the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winners for Winter 2018 in the category of thrillers, was selected as a finalist in the IAN Best Books of 2018 in the category of action/adventure and won best suspense novel in 2018 in the NN Light Best Books of 2018.
I, Claudia A Novel of the Ancient World was released in December 2018.
Finding the Narrow Path is the true story of why she walked away from -then back to God. Finding was a finalist in the 2018 IAN Best Books of 2018 in the category of Non-Fiction, Religion/Christian.
All her books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at her website, www.linwilder.com where she writes weekly articles
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Reviewed by: Mr. N