The acclaimed biography of the early church's greatest evangelist, the Apostle Paul. Master storyteller John Pollock makes Paul and his amazing story freshly alive, so that you can know the greatest apostle much as Luke and Timothy did as they traveled with him. As you turn the pages, you'll sense Paul's motives, his aims and priorities; what mattered to him; and what he was willing to die for.
John Pollock, a Cambridge-educated clergyman, became Billy Graham's authorized biographer early in the evangelist's career. His biographies include The Master: A Life of Jesus, available from Victor Books in this pocket-size format. John Pollock and his wife, Anne, reside in Devonshire, England.
This is a brilliant book. A bit or artistic license in order to tell the story, but just amazing how he brings Paul's life to life. This book is a life changer.
- Insightful Biography Of Apostle Paul
The Apostle by John Pollock is a thorough biography of the life of the man of God who wrote the majority of the New Testament, Apostle Paul. It is an insightful look into the life of someone who has had a large impact on the church today.
The early chapters present his background and life before Christ, which is quite interesting as a lot of this is sourced from other historical documents of the time, as the Bible only briefly references his background. There is a lot of speculation involved, so the details of his background should be taken with a grain of salt but it is interesting none the less.
The rest of the book is at times an exhaustive examination of the life of Apostle Paul pre and post conversion as detailed methodically in the Bible. As a regular reader of the Bible, a lot of the details I knew but it was great to piece together the whole story in one location rather than having it presented in bits and pieces.
The narration is quite good and helps to convey the life of Apostle Paul. It had the potential to be a dry biography but the quality narration avoid this happening.
This book is an in-depth study of one of the most influential Christians of the early church and a good resource to help with further study into the New Testament church.
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- Interesting story of life of Paul
Any list that names the most influential people in the history of Christianity must include the Apostle Paul. And even though Paul was one of the most prolific authors of his time, and one of the people most written about in modern Christian writings, much of his life is still a mystery to us. Since Paul spent all of his time teaching the Gospel and therefore focused all of his writings towards that goal, there is not much written in the New Testament about the man himself, apart from what Luke tells us in Acts.
John Pollock in his biography of Paul, titled The Apostle, tries to bring this great crusader for Christ to life for us. By traveling the routes that Paul traveled and studying the culture that Paul encountered, Pollock is able to intertwine biblical fact with information about the cultures, people, and lands that Paul interacted with to create a very real biography of Paul the Apostle. In this biography, the author has taken Luke’s account of Paul’s journeys in Acts, combined them with information from Paul’s epistles, as well as the author’s own knowledge of the culture, and created a very intricate look at the life of The Apostle. Pollock explains in the beginning of his work that he does take some literary licensing with the details and conversations in the book, but that all of the information is based on writings found in the New Testament.
By combining the information found in the Bible with information the author gained first hand by traveling through the areas that Paul traveled some 2000 years ago, Pollock has brought to life the man who once was the chief persecutor of Christians. The details that are provided by the author makes this biography interesting and easy to read. Even though I consider myself knowledgable about Paul’s works as a missionary, I still found the book interesting and engaging. And for someone who is not familiar with the trials and persecutions of the Apostle Paul will find reading this book much like reading a modern-day dramatic work set in biblical times. I have often said that the Bible contains many stories that are better than anything Hollywood writers can dream up and this book on the life of Paul just proves this point.
The audio book, The Apostle, is almost 11 hours long, however, the story moves in such a way that it does not feel too long. The narrator of the audio book, Kirby Heyborne, has a clear voice that is easy to understand and follow. The narrator’s voice is soothing, almost too much so at times, and his inflections were at times lacking. However, I do not feel that this is a distraction to the work and I would listen to this narrator again without hesitation.
The Apostle is a good book that is well researched and written. It provides its reader with a view of the life of the Apostle Paul that you generally do not find in other writings about Paul. The book is not written to be a scholarly work on the life of Paul, but is written to give the Christian and non-Christian a better understanding of what this man of God went through as he was determined to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the rest of the world regardless of the consequences. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning a little more about the character of Paul and is amazing determination and zeal to share the message of Jesus Christ.
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- A Good Story with Some Artistic License
The Apostle: A Life of Paul by John Pollock is a biography of the apostle Paul written at the popular level. The author traveled through the areas where Paul lived and served and adds additional historical, geographical, and cultural details you usually have to read a commentary to find. As a whole, the book is extremely accessible and a quick read, despite its length (304 pages or 10.7 hours).
Since the New Testament only gives so much information about the life of Paul, the author made inferences and assumptions about the apostle that you may or may not agree with, but the background details on the places bring an extra layer of cognizance to readers that are unfamiliar with the eastern Mediterranean (like myself).
The narrator is clear and understandable, though I would have appreciated a little more emotion and dramatic emphasis, but it’s an audio book, not radio theater. Clarity and flow are the most important things.
In short, I’d consider this book to be on par with a professional Hollywood film like The Passion of the Christ or The Nativity Story: there’s a certain degree of artistic license, but you recognize the story well enough.
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- Great Historical Insight
This is a long audiobook about the life of the Apostle Paul that fills in all the gaps that the New Testament leaves out. By this I mean all the cultural and historical details. I enjoyed these bits far more than the biblical re-telling, which I have read many times and has become too familiar to me. I've come away from this audio thinking a lot better of Paul, as I used to think that he was a real chauvinist, but he comes across as someone who really loved everyone instead. I must admit that I've struggled with the narrator's voice, as although he is very clear and easy to understand, there was not enough expression in it to keep my complete full attention. I think this should be listened to in sections as there is a lot to take in. I would recommend this as a great resource for bible students and anyone wanting a more in depth understanding of this great biblical figure. Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewer's Program for this copy.