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If you’ve read any of the Left Behind books (or seen the movies) then you’re probably familiar with the name Jerry B. Jenkins. I read some of those books (but have to admit I tired of them after awhile) and still believe that the original movies starring Kirk Cameron are the best (not sure why Hollywood felt the need to redo it, but whatever). Recently, I had the opportunity to check out Mr. Jenkins’ latest book – Empire’s End . . .
About the Book
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. It will be the heart-stopping story of the year!
Only a few snapshots of Paul’s life are revealed in the Bible. In this fictional account, Jenkins tells of a devout Jewish scholar who, after only three years in the Arabian wilderness, emerges as the greatest Christian theologian in history. This novel explains how, after supervising the death of Jesus’s disciples, Paul would be moved to effectively conquer the Roman Empire with a message about a Jewish man named Jesus. You’ll be captured by the shocking “thorn in the flesh” that burdened Paul’s heart. Empire’s End will cause you to rethink whether Paul ever experienced the love of a woman or the embrace of a child.
About the Author
Jerry B. Jenkins is a New York Times best-selling novelist (Left Behind Series) and biographer (Billy Graham, Hank Aaron, Walter Payton, Orel Hershiser, Nolan Ryan, Joe Gibbs and many more), with over 70 million books sold. His writing has appeared in Time, Reader’s Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and he has been featured on the cover of Newsweek.
Heidi Says . . .
I’m not sure what it was that first appealed to me about this book. It could have been the familiar author’s name, the cover design, or the fact that it was based on historical events from the life of the apostle Paul. In any event, when the book arrived at my doorstep and I unpackaged it, I was impressed. The cover design is quite impressive with raised lettering and the flaps that I’ve always assumed were to be used as bookmarks to hold your place in the book (however, they don’t really work as such, so I’m not sure what their intended purpose is).
I just finished this book last night and it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I expected a book more based on Paul’s life and writings; but instead got a very fictional account on just his very early years, after God converted and called him. I enjoyed the Scripture selections that were interspersed throughout the book; but I felt like the storyline drug out quite a bit. The great majority of the storyline was a love story between Paul and the widowed wife of Stephen, who he was influential is stoning. In other words, Mr. Jenkins is portraying Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” as love found and lost (or forbidden).
While it was a well-written story, I just felt disappointed at the end because it didn’t go where I expected it to go. I wanted more fact and less fiction, I suppose.
My main issue with this book, though, did not lie with the writing or the storyline, but with the editing. For such a nice looking book, I’d expect it to be just as well-done between the covers; but, no such luck. I can overlook and editing error or two in a book; but this one had way too many for my liking – just little things that an editor should have picked up on and corrected.
You can find out more about this book – including where it can be purchased – on the publisher’s website.
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