Sunday, March 22, 2009

Book Review: "In the Footsteps of Paul"

Technically, In the Footsteps of Paul, is a pictorial gift book. Truly, though, it’s a well-designed storybook about the life and journeys of the Apostle Paul—complete with pictures that help the reader see there really was a flesh and blood person who lived the life one reads about in God’s Word.

The book is divided into three sections: Paul’s conversion, his missionary journeys, and his final trip to Jerusalem which led to Rome. Ken Duncan, the author/photographer, correlates Scripture, mostly from the book of Acts, with pictures of the places mentioned in that book. He ties Scripture passages together with his own comments and quotes from well-known authors and preachers to tell the story of Paul and his ministry.

Of course, there are no pictures of Paul in this book, but the photos, comments, and quotes work together to help the reader imagine him in every scene or traveling from one to another. Just as visiting an historical site helps one more fully understand the reality of the recorded event, this book gives us glimpses of Paul, a man who really lived.

Along with beautiful photos, the book also includes maps of Paul’s journeys and pictures of artwork found in the region depicting Paul at work. Educational and inspirational, this book was a thought-provoking read.

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