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Great Lion of God : A Major Novel about St. Paul Hardcover – 1970


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday & Co., Garden City, NY; First Edition edition (1970)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028D749M
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,878,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Taylor Caldwell is timeless!
Cindi Houston
The only thing I didn't like was Pauls sexual frustrations...besides that it is a perfect book.
artist1983
You can hardly put her books aside and the is the second time I have read this book.
darlene

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is a fascinating, moving and spiritual story about St. Paul and the life and times of the Jews, Romans and early Christians during the time of Jesus and shortly thereafter. Its many quotations from and references to the Bible makes it seem very accurate in terms of adherence to historical events. I'd like to know if there are any sources to support her many details of Saul's (St. Paul's) life that are not found in the Bible. Some of them are very hard to believe, but made the book interesting and hard to put down. I was very impressed by the author's ability to describe St. Paul's (and other's) inner feelings, as well as her descriptions of the landscapes and cities of the time. I'm looking forward to reading some of her other works.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I finally read this book, having attempted it once. I finished it just before going to Italy and Greece. Caldwell truly is one of the few writers today who can compare to the great storytellers of the past...Dickens, Hugo, etc. Her language is poetic and rich, and the stories believable. I thrilled to her descriptions of Romans, Greeks and Jews. I appreciate her research, her sense of respect for spirituality, and I adore the quality of her writing. I recommend all of her books, but would try "Glory and the Lightning" and "Dear and Glorious Physician" or "Devil's Advocate" before this. Then go for this and follow it up with a trip to Italy, Greece or the Holy Land.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ben Hartlieb (rhart@alaska.net) on February 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This was my first Caldwell book and I loved it. Caldwell is poetic and elequent. She teaches the reader about The Greeks, Romans, Jews and Paul and how he was received by the early church and why. I recomend this book to anyone who is interested in the Roman Empire, the origin of the church or Christ.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Novangelus on January 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
"For he was a veritable lion, a red lion, the great lion of God."

Thus part one of this magnificent book starts with a quote about St. Paul by St. Augustine. I first read this book as a book report project when I was in ninth grade in the late 1970s. At the time, it was a life-changing book for me.

I learned from Caldwell about St. Paul the man - that he was a man of great passion, of fire and of longing. One who says what needs to be said no matter what the consequences to himself. Hah - one who can't help but say what needs to be said, actually! After reading this book I could never read or hear St. Paul's New Testament letters the same way. Now when I hear them read in church or read them on my own, I see the man of passion behind these letters. For this gift I am most grateful to Taylor Caldwell.

The book is a biography of St. Paul told in the form of a narrated story that begins with his birth and ends with him heading for Rome; a not dissimilar ending as that of the Acts of the Apostles, where Paul is in Rome waiting judgement by Caesar.

A good book. One of my favorites. So well written and so desiring to engage the reader that this book helped me get an "A+" on my long-ago ninth grade book report. :-)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jan on January 11, 2013
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Ms. Caldwell takes you into the mind of the 2000-year-ago Jew, the Roman, the Greek, the Eqyptian; into the mind of the elite, the shopkeeper, the soldier, the slave; into the mind of the believer and non-believer alike. She walks you through the labyrinth of the mindsets and their evolutions. The panoramas of the seasons, the sounds, and the smells; the tastes, the triumphs, and the failures of life are ably displayed. She writes expertly and is charge of her subject. She has done her homework well and relishes sharing the outcome of it with her readers. You know how the story turns out for it is part of history, but it is in the story that makes it such a good read. Am I able to recommend this classic from 1976 to today's discriminating reader? Oh yes, I certainly am able.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Scanlon on June 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read Great Lion of God in High School <gasp> over 10 years ago and reread it recently because I could not forget the bright, powerful and adventurous world that Taylor Caldwell described so vividly. I wasn't disappointed. However, I will warn you... This book is heavy. If you can make yourself get through the first 50 pages (she sets up her characters well), you won't be able to put it down.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on January 17, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Great Lion Of God" is a novel based on the life of St. Paul, with the emphasis on "novel." I have become accustomed to books which try to place the reader into the Biblical world of the featured character. This book makes an effort, but without the research necessary to bring it off. "Great Lion Of God" does remind the reader that St. Paul was a member of a family, had friends and a place in the Jewish world. So long as the reader reminds himself that this is fiction, he is in for an entertaining read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kweeble on August 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have an old paperback copy that is falling apart. I am so happy that I found a hardback copy. It's great.
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