Thursday, August 13, 2015

Empire's End by Jerry B. Jenkins

A Novel of the Apostle Paul

Mining clues sprinkled throughout Paul's writings, Jerry B. Jenkins weaves a thoroughly believable tale filled with high drama at every turn. This inventive, page-turning novel is steeped in bravado and bloodshed, conflict and deep devotion, romance and political maneuvering. The result is a can't-put-it-down thriller crafted to satisfy any curious observer's longing to meet a flesh-and-blood man whose mission and message ultimately triggered the end of the great Roman Empire.

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. 

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About the Author:
Author of more than 180 books with sales of more than 70 million copies, including the best-selling Left Behind series, Jerry B. Jenkins is former vice president for publishing and currently chairman of the board of trustees for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. 
Jerry B. Jenkins

Jerry's writing has appeared in Time, Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals. Twenty of his books have reached The New York Times best-seller list (seven debuting number one). The Breakthrough, the final book in Jerry's Precinct 11 trilogy, released from Tyndale House Publishers in September 2012.

Jerry owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Chicago, and the Christian Writers Guild, which aims to train tomorrow's professional Christian writers. Each student is personally mentored by a seasoned professional. 

In January 2013, Jerry launched Christian Writers Guild Publishing (CWGP). Students take a six-month mentored course to guide them in writing their manuscripts, then CWGP publishes their books.

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I received Empire's End  compliments of Worthy Publishing and Icon Media Group in exchange for my honest review. 

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book about the Apostle Paul. Although fictional, it is full of Scripture and portrays some of what the Apostle Paul's life could have resembled if we had a clearer picture. I have always been a fan of Biblical fiction because I like history and reading about the times, customs, etc. that was happening in that era really brings it to life for me. 

I liked how Jenkins incorporated whole passages of Paul's writings from Scripture as well as using the book of Acts to incorporate details of things Paul faced, endured, and accomplished. Imagining him in the Arabian dessert being taught by God himself and the Holy Spirit. Paul spends quite a bit of time in the desert learning, and as an added twist, he even gets caught up in a little romance. This book does not complete the life of Paul as one might expect, instead it gives you just enough of a taste to want more. 

I did not realize previous to reading this book that it is actually a sequel to the book, , by Jenkins. Although a sequel it can be read alone, but hopefully Mr. Jenkins will see fit to write a sequel to this one so we can further follow Paul as he pursues God's calling for him.

This was not just a quick read for me. I found my self reading and comparing with what I knew from Scripture or possibly looking things up to see how they compared, so it took me a little longer it usually takes me to get through a book. But I did enjoy it. Of course, those reading need to keep in mind that it is fiction. Mr. Jenkins has speculated his own ideas about Paul's personal life. They are not exactly pointed out in Scripture, so it could have happened or it could not. A person shouldn't read this book as though it is the Bible.

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