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Saint Paul [Hardcover]

By David Self & Jason Cockcroft (Illustrator)
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Pages   46
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.2" Width: 8.6" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2009
Publisher   Lion UK
Age  7-12
ISBN  0745960979  
EAN  9780745960975  

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Describes the conversion and spiritual work of Saint Paul, from the miracle at Damascus, through his missionary journeys through the Middle East and Greece, to his arrest in Rome.

Publishers Description
This engaging story collection faithfully retells the life of Saint Paul, one of the founding saints of the Christian church. The key episodes from Paul's life--including his conversion, travels, arrest, and writings--are accompanied by warmly realistic illustrations that bring life to this charismatic man. This is an informative and insightful introduction to a Christian whose name is much heard but whose deeds are rarely told to children.

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Will appeal to children ages 7-11 and older  Jul 19, 2009
"Saint Paul" is a simply written retelling of the life and travels of the great Christian apostle Paul. Aided by gentle illustrations and maps of Paul's many journeys, the pertinent facts as contained in "The Good News Bible" are related to form a full biography of Paul, ending with the text of his famous letter to Corinthians I. Careful to distinguish between known facts and unclear outcomes, "Saint Paul" will fill the shelves of both religious and secular libraries. Its special appeal shines through its simplicity of style, which allows the amazing truth of the life of Paul to shine through. "Saint Paul" will appeal to children ages 7-11 and older.
Beautiful and interesting, but some theological and grammatical problems  Jul 17, 2009
The book starts off on a good note. The cover is attractive and the idea - an illustrated life of Paul for children - is great. The book is well illustrated, divided neatly into short units, and generally true to the biblical story.

One concern for a book of this type is how much has been added to the story to make it more "interesting." The author largely followed the narrative of Acts, but added some elements. For instance, a conversation between Paul and Barnabas is reported concerning Paul's return to Lystra where he had been stoned. Another example is that of Lydia's initial response to baptism: "Being made an exhibition of, getting my best sabbath clothes soaking wet, there in the river for all to see, that's not my way." Fortunately, such additions are generally kept to a minimum. The author does a good job of showing Paul's persistence in the face of adversity.

The author also helpfully weaves in some historical background with the story. For instance, he gives a brief description of the first city on Paul's missionary travels. He tells a story about Corinth which illustrates its sinful character. If he had done a little more research, however, he would have known that Paul's reference to athletics in 1 Corinthians was more likely an allusion to the games in nearby Isthmia. This is not an important point to the story, but if you're going to mention it, you must get it right. Athletics was everywhere in the Roman world and you didn't have to "think back" to the first city of your travels.

With children's books, it's not always clear when a statement is phrased in order to make matters simple for younger readers or because it suits the author's theology. Ideally, an author will be both simple and fully accurate. I'm not sure that he always succeeded. For instance:

"Paul explained the point of being baptized. 'Being lowered under the water and then resurfacing, that's like dying and being born again. An old life ending and a new life beginning. All our wrongdoings can be washed away and we can start again" (p. 28).

After her baptism, "Lydia described how it felt. 'It was when I came up into the sunlight again that I really knew -- knew God was with me and that I'd joined the friendship of all Christian believers" (p. 28).

Of the slave girl in Philippi, "She thought a kind of spirit had got inside her and was telling her the future" (p. 30).

Of Paul's letter to Philemon, the apostle tells the runaway slave, "We're all equal in the sight of Jesus -- and of God. That is the good news of Christianity" (p. 43).

I'm not sure if the author was advocating salvation by baptism or a version of Christianity that emphasizes new social relations at the expense of Jesus' atoning work on the cross, but statements like these made me wonder.

Finally, someone should have proofread the book. In one place, there are five consecutive sentences that read "said [person]" (p. 25). Elsewhere, "Paul suggested to the army officer and the captain of the ship that they stayed [sic] in a harbour there" (p. 38). There were probably half a dozen such issues.

Overall, the book presents the life of Paul in a relatively brief and attractive format.

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