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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Saint John Press (October 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578050161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578050164
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taylor Marshall writes both fiction and non-fiction. His debut novel Sword and Serpent reached #1 Amazon Bestseller in Young Adult Religious Historical Fiction and #1 Amazon Bestseller in Young Adult Religious Action.

His favorite authors are JRR Tolkien, Evelyn Waugh, Charles Dickens, CS Lewis, and Thomas Aquinas.

As a college professor and father of seven children, he stirs up his literary passion for relating profound truths in ways that are fun and intriguing.

Taylor holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas. His dissertation was titled: "Thomas Aquinas on Natural Law and the Twofold Beatitude of Humanity. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University (BA, Philosophy) Westminster Theological Seminary (MAR, Systematic Theology), Nashotah Theological House (Certificate in Anglican Studies), and the University of Dallas (MA, Philosophy).

Taylor and his wife Joy live in Dallas, Texas with their seven children.

Please visit online at: www.TaylorMarshall.com

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By J.C. Wimberly on November 4, 2010
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This is a fascinating book. As a Reformed Protestant, I obviously don't agree with every theological conclusion it draws---but I discovered that I agree with more Catholic theology than I previously would have thought. The book also helped me better understand the origins of, and have a greater appreciation for, several Catholic doctrines on which I remain unconvinced. Marshall writes with clarity and grace, and he has a knack for using simple analogies to distill and explain complicated issues. I found his "pie-piece" illustration near the beginning of the book very helpful in understanding many of the conflicts between Catholic and Protestant theology. I commend this book to Catholics and Protestants alike; I found it enjoyable, challenging, and edifying.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Dolly Banzon on December 27, 2010
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One can see that the author has a very solid and tremendous scholastic background. He has command of the topic that he presents, and his work is widely researched. But what is most astonishing is that, Mr. Marshall writes in simple, direct and comprehensible way, the kind that can be understood by the average reader. There is no air of being too scholarly and stuffy, but his approach is simply that he is sharing with the reader what he knows about the subject matter, and in this case, St. Paul.
This book, Catholic Perspective on Paul, gave me a better understanding of the mind of St. Paul. Where I really did not have much of an opinion about him before, except that he is always quoted, the author successfully paints him as a tenderly passionate lover of Jesus, and invites his reader to look at St. Paul's Doctrine of Participation in Christ that takes precedence over "justification, faith, works, law or predestination". This is a new approach and everything makes sense to me at this point. I have a better comprehension of how St. Paul's mind works, even if I do not have any full knowledge of the problems that he was addressing in the different places like Corinth, Ephesus, etc.
I also have a clearer understanding of the much-debated "justification by faith alone" and more. On the topic of the sacrament of Confirmation, the verse, "For we are the aroma of Christ to God (2 Cor 2:15,)" took on a new and exciting meaning for me (p.83)! This book has greatly enlightened me in many areas that I really did not fully grasp before. Reading it brought me oftentimes to an "Aha!" moments. St. Paul has come to life, not as a harsh, domineering and bombastic personality, but a real lover of Jesus. Mr. Marshall has a way of introducing the reader to this wonderful Apostle of Christ. This book is not only an excellent one, but a keeper!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By SPD on December 7, 2010
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As a Christian who was once Reformed and is now Catholic I would like to say that this book is helpful in highlighting the differences from a Catholic point of view. I am grateful that this work has been done because it was needed.

I don't think, however, that this is just a Catholic book. Even a Protestant will appreciate the way in which Mr. Marshall explains Paul's life, message and ministry.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By William on January 22, 2012
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I discovered this book almost by accident, What a pleasant surprise.!! like many Christians, i don't know much about Paul. Even though i attended catholic schools all my life i was never properly introduced to Paul. Maybe he was discussed but I wasn't listening. To me, Paul was the author of several"letters" which usually made up , to me, a very dreary "second reading" at Sunday mass. and yet, I always wondered about him. I knew there was something profound there, but I was missing it. Many friends of mine thought they understood Paul, but I never really believed them.
And then, this book landed on my lap. I picked it up and could not stop reading. In fact I was going too fast because it is so eminently readable. i went back to the beginning and started reading more slowly this time. Even though it is a very easy read, there is much here to be learned. I savored the book as if eating ice cream or even better, sipping single malt Scotch whiskey. each page contains an awful lot of scholarship. but most of all, I can understand it. The author is gifted.. I will now read anything he has ever written.
William A Vanson
Stewart Manor, NY
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth R. Peterson on July 11, 2013
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I entered the Roman Catholic Church in 1987 out of conviction that it was (and is) the church of the Apostles. However, for these 26 years I could not shake the Lutheran/Calvinist Magisterial Reformation slant on Paul's Epistles until I closely read this book by Dr. Marshall. This has caused me anguish and hampered my scripture study and the intensity of my loyalty to the Holy Church. However; now I see the Catholic PAUL-the real Apostle Paul. I read Paul and all of the scriptures in conformity with the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church I said farewell to the errors of Luther and Calvin. I attend daily MASS! Thank you Dr. Marshall!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bill Costello on October 22, 2012
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Unfortunately, there is a lot of misunderstanding amongst our separated brothers and sisters as to what the Catholic church actually teaches. And much of that misunderstanding is rooted in the fact that many of those separated brothers and sisters read/study the Gospels in light of St. Paul's writings, instead of reading St. Paul's writings in light of what Jesus, our Lord and Savior, actually did and said as clearly described in the Gospels. Mr. Marshall has done us a great service here. He shows that St. Paul was, in fact, a Catholic PRIEST. And that Catholic teaching today is the same as it was 2,000 years ago!!!! I wish Mr. Marshall had emphasized Paul's priesthood even more by referring to Acts 20:7-12 and 27:33-44 where St. Paul celebrated MASS (took, blessed, broke, and gave - as Jesus did and instructed the apostles to do in the UPPER ROOM) and the miraculous events associated with St. Paul's celebrations. A layman, I do a weekly Catholic scripture study at a local jail. This book is a big help. Great job Taylor Marshall!!!
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