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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617951943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617951947
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,165,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Unassuming young seminary professor Augie Knox finds himself drawn into a frantic race to rescue a friend in Rome who has supposedly discovered the archeological find of the century. Antiquities thieves conspire to steal the treasure through trickery or violence. Channeling Indiana Jones but sans creepy critters, Augie must sift through motives and lies as ancient as the manuscript discovered in the caves beneath the Eternal City. Will the memoir of Paul the Apostle prove genuine, or is Augie risking his life for a fraud? More than anything, this suspenseful tale proves the storytelling mastery of Jenkins (Left Behind series). He and MacDonald intertwine Augie's modern race against time with Paul's measured 1st-century journey from prison to executioner's block. Two strengths emerge from this setup: first, by alternating between modern and historical scenes, the authors balance out the frenetic pace of one with the quiet stillness of the other, all the while ratcheting up tension. Second, Paul's "memoir" paints a vivid, plausible picture of his early years and conversion. While this work won't create the frenzy of a real biblical memoir, it does offer an entertaining and ultimately uplifting experience. Agency: Alive Communications. (Sept.) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Jerry Jenkins is a masterful storyteller. Only Jerry can transport readers from modern-day Texas to the early days of Christianity, breathing new life into familiar biblical characters. In I, Saul Jerry has crafted an epic thriller that left me on the edge of my seat hollering, Sweet Mercy!
TODD STARNES, Fox News

What a great read! I took I, Saul to the beach planning to enjoy it over our two-week family vacation. But the book only lasted a few days! I couldn t put it down! It is an inspirational, insightful, page-turning thriller! I have read many of Jerry Jenkins books, but this one is his best! My applause!
ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ, Author of Wounded by God's People

"A master storyteller, Jerry Jenkins has taken up the greatest conversion story of all time the Apostle Paul s. In I, Saul, we see the biblical outline faithfully followed with detail that grips the heart afresh about what a life totally dedicated to Jesus Christ looks like. May this compelling story stir fresh devotion among Christ followers everywhere."
JACK GRAHAM, Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Dallas

"A stirring fiction founded upon the facts of scripture. Jerry Jenkins brings to life one of history's greatest men: the Apostle Paul, whose life inspires us to stand and suffer for our Savior, Jesus Christ."
MARK DRISCOLL, Founder and Preaching Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle

Whenever a skilled author is able to make a key biblical character come alive, I get interested. And I, Saul more than measures up. Jerry Jenkins has excelled in creating a compelling story that remains true to the character and personality of the most important figure in the early church. Everything I like about a great novel is here: danger, political intrigue, and cultural detail. If you enjoy mystery and history, I, Saul is a must read!
JONI EARECKSON TADA, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

I, Saul has everything a great thriller needs: page-turning action, intrigue and mounting suspense, plot twists that really work and, above all, characters worth caring about. The chapter-to-chapter shift from present day to the first century is both clever and effective. The best part? Spending time with Saul of Tarsus. A brilliant concept and a great read.
LIZ CURTIS HIGGS, New York Times best-selling author of Mine Is the Night

I, Saul combines the historical with the contemporary, and the outcome is compulsive reading. Vintage Jerry Jenkins!
CHRIS FABRY, Novelist and Host of Chris Fabry Live!

If Jerry Jenkins would be but one thing (which he assuredly is not), it would be a story teller. He is worth reading for this alone, but he also manages purpose without preaching. I, Saul is plausible fiction, astute reflection, and a flat-out good read.
WALLACE ALCORN, Ph.D., Biblical scholar and author

Jerry Jenkins has compressed his vast talents as a biblical researcher, biographer, mystery writer, and thrill master in I, Saul. Hang on, friends it s all in one breathless package!
DR. DENNIS E. HENSLEY, Author of Jesus in the 9 to 5
Director of the Professional Writing Program, Taylor University

I, Saul is one of the finest books I have ever read. I not only believe it is a good book; I believe it is an important book. I laughed. I cried. And, yes, I found myself wanting to learn even more of the life of the Apostle Paul. In the end, I don t think Jerry could ask any more of a reader.
JIM PRYOR, westofthemind.blogspot.com< --Publishers Weekly

Customer Reviews

Jerry Jenkins did an excellent job in writing this book.
John E. Scott
If, like me, you've wondered what the Apostle Paul's final days in that Roman dungeon might have been like, then read I, Saul by Jerry Jenkins .
Actuary Lady
I really enjoyed this book, i liked the way it went from telling the story from a first century perspective and modern times.
Ted

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Are you ready for your time-machine to transport you back in time to first century Rome, visit its dank dungeons, walk its street, see its culture and people? Are you ready to follow the life of Saul from childhood up until his final moments as Paul, the apostle? And yet, this is not just about Rome, Romans, dark dungeons or boisterous amphitheaters; it is also about present day United States and Italy with a seminary professor who races against time to save a friend and a priceless ancient manuscripts. Name it, you have it: friendship, mystery, danger, action, intrigue, history, culture with a good dose of romance thrown in!

Every once in a while, I come across a book that will not only grip and stir the heart but also has the power to alter how I view a person and history, and helps to see things in a new perspective. A book with a plot that is compelling enough to keep me glued to the very end!

Jerry B. Jenkins is no stranger to Christian fiction. Having read several of his books, I'm always in awe of his imaginative skills and his ability to translate those images into words. But I never expect such a magnum opus from this particular choice of subject. What was there to explore about Saul? How wrong I was! I, SAUL far exceeded my expectations as I finished reading it non-stop which took me just about 9 hours. It's a roller-coaster ride back and forth across time to first century Rome and present day United States and Italy.

I, SAUL is the story of Dr. Augustine Aquinas Knox, a young struggling seminary professor, who receives a text message from a friend in Italy for help. He travels the globe and, by a quirk turn of fate, is drawn into the search for a manuscript believed to be the personal, handwritten secret memoirs of the Apostle Paul.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Actuary Lady on August 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If, like me, you've wondered what the Apostle Paul's final days in that Roman dungeon might have been like, then read I, Saul by Jerry Jenkins . A somewhat obscure reference Paul makes to parchments in verse 4:13 of his final letter, 2 Timothy, is the basis for a story involving discovery of those parchments in current-day Rome along with a back-story from biblical times.

In the book's odd-numbered chapters, a modern-day theology professor from Texas travels to Rome to try to save the first-century parchment from robbers; in even-numbered chapters, the Apostle Luke, after befriending Paul's prison guards, is allowed to read the parchment that turns out to be a riveting autobiography by his friend Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus).

It's fortuitous that when the story gets particularly intense, the next chapter is back to the story that is separated by 20 centuries. In both time periods, there's romance, intrigue, history, and the bad guys vs good guys scenario that is a part of the human condition; but most of all there is a story of faith and of family legacy. And in typical Jenkins fashion, Scripture references become engaging dialogue.

I definitely look forward to the sequel, I, Paul, for resolution in both eras of the story, for a further look at the early days of The Church, and for inspiration from Paul's life..

Note: I was provided with an Advance Reader's Copy of this book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By T. McCauley on August 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
More than two thousand years ago in a small Roman dungeon where he awaited his execution, the Apostle Paul lived and breathed and...what else?

What were his conditions, his mood, his thoughts, his actions? While we can't know for sure, in I, Saul, Jerry B. Jenkins dares to both explore those questions and create a fictional account of the answers. And he doesn't stop there.

Paul's historic last days result in modern-day danger for Augustine Knox, a struggling professor who is called upon to help a friend now hunted because of what the Apostle Paul left behind. Coming to his friend's aid, Augustine doesn't only jeopardize his career and his own life, but the life of his fiancée as well.

What will become of them, and of the priceless Pauline discovery, remains a mystery until the very end.

Jenkins has once again gone outside of the box to bring readers a story worth getting excited about. Augustine, equal parts jock and egghead, is an unusually witty character who endears from the beginning, and who really comes to life when he hits Italian soil. Roger Michaels, the friend responsible for Augie's newfound problems, comes across as the guy everybody wishes they knew.

Augie's fiancée Sofia is also likeable and seems to have a pretty good head on her shoulders, and the romance elements between them remain somewhat surface level so as not to detract from the main focus of the plot.

For the story to advance to a position of intense intrigue and high stakes, Jenkins had to build quite a bit of background in the early chapters. As a result, the beginning consists of several flashbacks. But once the stage is firmly established the story takes off.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DMAuton on August 29, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I really really enjoyed this book. I love historical fiction and a good mystery. This book contains both. It's almost like reading two stories in one. You go back and forth between Luke and Paul's story to modern day following "Augie's" side of things. Things become clearer as the story progresses and I was delighted that it was written well enough where you can keep all the information of each time frame separate without it being overwhelming.

Because it grabs your attention right away it's easy to get caught up in the story and not want to put the book down. I read it fairly quickly and hated to see the story end. It is written very well but I would expect nothing less from one of the author's of the Left Behind series. I found it intriguing and interesting. I highly recommend this book to both men and women alike. There is no "mushy" love story so for those men who don't like that fear not this book is safe. lol
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More About the Author

Author of more than 180 books with sales of more than 70 million copies, including the best-selling Left Behind series, Jerry B. Jenkins is former vice president for publishing and currently chairman of the board of trustees for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.

Jerry's writing has appeared in Time, Reader's Digest, Parade, Guideposts, and dozens of Christian periodicals. Twenty of his books have reached The New York Times best-seller list (seven debuting number one). The Breakthrough, the final book in Jerry's Precinct 11 trilogy, released from Tyndale House Publishers in September 2012.

Jerry owns Jenkins Entertainment, a filmmaking company in Chicago, and the Christian Writers Guild, which aims to train tomorrow's professional Christian writers. Each student is personally mentored by a seasoned professional.

In January 2013, Jerry launched Christian Writers Guild Publishing (CWGP). Students take a six-month mentored course to guide them in writing their manuscripts, then CWGP publishes their books.


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