In the Footsteps of Paul, by Ken Duncan, contains amazing photos of the area where Paul lived and traveled during his ministry. This isn’t a typical biography. Most of the information simply quotes the Bible’s story of Saul’s conversion to the missionary Paul, and his life afterwards. There are tidbits of personal information, and many quotes from other people regarding Paul, as well as some conjecture. It is impossible for anyone to know exactly what transpired so many years ago, but the author presents thoughtful comments about everything he’s recorded about Paul’s life and missionary journeys.
This is the kind of book that is pleasant to glance through; the pictures are colorful and interesting. There are maps of Paul’s journeys, and pictures of the landscape and buildings he must have encountered. They gave me a better understanding of the area as it exists today.
My favorite picture is of 4 camels standing next to an aqueduct in Turkey, with a motorcycle driving down the dirt road in the background. Most of the photos contain modern elements, such as cars or beach umbrellas, within the scenery. The ancient cities and roads are crumbling, but the history they contain still flourishes, and I think the modern touches emphasize that Paul’s message applies to us today just as it did to the people of his time.
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Disclaimer: Thomas Nelson provided this book for review. The opinion expressed is my own.