Readers did have one concern though: What about the Apostle Paul, who had more influence on Christianity than anyone other than Christ? In Paul, Wangerin applies his formidable storytelling skills to the greatest missionary and theologian in church history. Wangerin begins to unfold Paul's incredible life by imagining the childhood and early family life of a boy then called "Saul". A fierce persecutor of Christians before his conversion, Paul never lost his fiery dedication, boldness, and strong personality. After his shocking encounter with God on the road to Damascus, he applied his formidable strengths to spreading the gospel. Wangerin deftly reveals Paul's character through each stage of his life, fleshing out the exciting and dramatic biblical accounts of Paul's revolutionary ministry, and ending the novel with the apostle's voyage to Rome.
Like The Book of God, Paul's story is told with careful attention to historical detail. It is an epic story filled with bravery, violence, and a compelling cast of characters. But in this novel Wangerin fully and deeply develops one character, Paul, an amazing and unforgettable person, a forceful and dynamic personality whose words still have inestimable impact on every believer's life.