Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Top 60 Novels of 2000-2009 Countdown, No. 15

Paul by Walter Wangerin

What a beautiful book this is, even if sometimes the prose sounds more like what's found in a children's novel than one for adult Christians. In fact, this novel would help open up Paul to nonbelievers as well as believers; Wangerin captures the personality that perhaps lay behind the sometimes surly, sometimes beautiful, always fascinating writer of the epistles, and the people who came under the tent of his love. Wangerin weaves together scripture with narrative; at one point, he even has the foibles of the Corinthian church play out as Paul's corrective letter is read. At the end, with a provocative moment that implies some of the New Testament may have been written by women (or at least one woman), we are left with the feeling of how painful the struggle spread the Gospel was for this first-century traveling apostle and how much love he spread around a loveless, difficult and cruel world. 

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