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Man in White Paperback – October 7, 1987

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YA Covering a six-year period in the life of St. Paul in Roman-ruled Judea, Cash weaves a fascinating story of Saul's (Paul's) single-minded, zealous persecution of the early Christians through his conversion on the road to Damascus. Saul is portrayed as a man driven by what he sees as his "divine" mission, the extermination of this despicable Nazarene sect. However, with his conversion, all his fanaticism and energies turn to the spreading of "the word" to the gentiles. This well-researched novel breathes life into Paul, High Priest Annas, the pharisees, apostles, and the other characters who populate Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Readers will experience their fears and doubts, aspirations and triumphs as Cash probes the motivations behind their actions. While the repetition of religious phrases and doctrine tends to slow the last third of the book, Cash's interpretation and writing style make the characters and times come alive. John Lawson , Fairfax County Public Library, Va.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was an American icon and country music superstar, a professed man of faith, as well as the author of three books. Cash first sang publicly while in the air force in the early fifties. The youngest person ever chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame, he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and awarded eleven Grammies in a career that spanned generations. Married to country legend June Carter, Cash performed everywhere from Folsom Prison to the White House, hosted his own television show, appeared in feature films, and in 1996 received the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco (October 7, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062501356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062501356
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,661,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Rasberry on March 14, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As an avid reader, I find many books today are written and then published when they should be going through edits and re-writes. Characters are flat, mistakes in timelines, and no attention to flow, but the effort and commitment of Johnny Cash in this novel is obvious. It is extremely well written so that the reader becomes engaged and able to vividly see the story as it is read. The reason I think this book isn't a classic (yet) is that it is so long out of print.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By G. Chandler on September 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my favorite books. Johnny Cash wrote a masterpiece and this book should be far more popular than it is. After reading this book, Johnny Cash became one of my favorite people on the planet. The world is a worse place without him.
He is now truly with the Man in White.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 1997
Format: Paperback
Billy Graham himself encouraged Johnny Cash to finish this book when Cash had started it and then put it aside, feeling like he could not finish it. Graham recommended Cash finish it for good reason, as it gives the reader an insight into the life of Saul, and later Paul the apostle, that you cannot possibly get from the bible itself.

Well written, this book, which was titled to be a play on words of Cash's autobiography titled Man in Black, draws you into Paul's life from a fictional 1st person perspective, and is at all times totally believable and spiritually uplifting. I highly recommend this book for Christians and non-Christians alike.
Unfortunately, it is currently out of print (2/97)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By RCM VINE VOICE on June 3, 2006
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Anyone familiar with the tenets of Christianity know the conversion story of the apostle Paul, a persecutor of Christians, who came to faith in Jesus. After his conversion he became one of the early church's biggest missionaries, converting hundreds upon thousands and building churches wherever he visited. His life story is astounding, and Johnny Cash has done a remarkable job in telling his story in "Man of White", a fictional account of the life of Paul.

"Man in White" paints an overwhelmingly realistic portrait of Saul of Tarsus, a zealous Jew who felt called to persecute his fellow Jews who had turned to faith in Jesus. His conversion and blinding on the road to Damascus changes his life; his encounter with the Man in White affirming that his mission in life is not one of persecution but of love. Cash's narrative is fast-paced, Biblically grounded and well-written. The reader is swept into the time and trials of the early Christians, the deadly persecutions they suffered and the fearlessness they had to have in order to give their lives over to Christ. Cash has created a backstory for the apostle Paul that fills in the gaps with clarity and intuition, a daring task for anyone, but one that Cash accomplishes with seeming ease.

For those familiar with Johnny Cash only through his music and his history of drug problems, it may seem strange that he chose to write a novel about the apostle Paul. Yet one could draw parallels between what Cash went through to overcome his demons and finally get his life on track, with what Paul went through as he tried to run away from the Lord. Cash is a fitting author for this novel because he knew all about running away from a calling; this novel ate away at him for years before he was able to finish it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mac Mcconnell on October 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I would not call myself a huge fan of Johnny Cash, but I'm certainly a huge fan of this book and its story. Making direct application of Biblical characters is the whole point of the Biblical characters in the first place. If we don't live vicariously through ancient personalities we don't learn a thing from them. Mr. Cash draws an uncanny parallel between himself and the converted Paul. He too had a blinding flash of the obvious. I am so impressed when a celebrity shares his/her faith in Christ unashamedly with no intent to criticize or for self-gain. The direct connection with scriptures teaches life changing experiences.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Milton W. Lowe on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I think Johnny Cash did a tremendous amount of research & thought to write this novel of the Apostle Paul. I was impressed how Cash put it into simple words, easily understood in the flow of the very interesting story line.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reader19 on January 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I checked this out from the library for my husband; he loved it so much I planned to buy it for him. Meanwhile my father-in-law came for a visit and loved it so much he wouldn't put it down... So, I ended up buying two books; one for each of them. Neither could put it down and said how they would want to read it over and over. My two favorite men in my life absolutely LOVE this book. Also, it is a great add to his growing collection of Johnny Cash books and music. It adds an important part of who is was. Also, it was very interesting to find out what an educated Christian he was; in detail.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By master1 on April 2, 2011
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I first bought this book soon after it was first published, then stupidly lent it to someone who lent it to someone else and I never saw it again. I searched for years to find a copy but never found one. I recently mentioned it to my vicar because a sermon he preached had reminded me of it again and he suggested I looked on Amazon for it. I'd never used the site before so decided to have a look. Lo and Behold there it was by the dozen. I treated myself to a hardback copy of the reprint edition. The book is one of the best books I've ever read. For Christians, a detailed account (novelized) of Paul's conversion which is soundly based on Scripture. For non Christians and Johnny Cash fans, a thoroughly good novel to read, with a long intro giving the details of how it was written and why.
In short well worth trying. Man in White
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