My Name Is Saul

A Novel of the Ancient World

Christian - Romance - Historical
254 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2020
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Author Biography

Lin Wilder is the author of the Lindsey McCall
medical mystery series, which includes The Fragrance Shed By A Violet, Do You Solemnly Swear? A Price for Genius and Malthus Revisited.
Her memoir, Finding the Narrow Path, recounts her journey away from God and back again.

She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including five Feathered Quills, five IAN’s, three NABE Pinnacles, two Literary Titans, three NN Lights, and a Readers Favorite Best Book. She lives in northern Nevada.

Signed copies of her books can be purchased at weekly blog ranks in the first third of the top 100 Christian blogs and book reviews.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite

Lin Wilder’s historical novel, My Name is Saul, is a testimony of love and faith. As a prisoner held in Mamertine prison, Rome, the apostle Paul reflects upon his life. This is his last night alive; tomorrow morning, Paul will be beheaded. He is weary, yet hopeful and at peace. However, within him stirs one last story to tell, one more letter to be penned to his beloved church. Paul asks Aurelius, his Roman centurion jailer and now dearest friend and secret disciple, to be his scribe for the evening. Aurelius is a willing participant; he is honored by Paul’s request. As a matter of fact, Aurelius would do anything for Paul. As Paul recalls his past life, Aurelius becomes overwhelmed, his ideologies are crushed. What he is hearing can’t possibly be true! Paul is not dismayed by Aurelius’s reaction; he continues to tell the story of his childhood and the man known as Saul of Tarsus. Paul’s tragic past is revealed, and his discovery of the Truth unfolds. “Nothing we can undergo, no amount of sacrifice or torture can alter the truth.”

Lin Wilder pens an unconventional account of the life of the apostle Paul in My Name Is Saul. The narrative is richly detailed and well-researched. Wilder fluently weaves scripture and history together as she draws you into her story. My Name Is Saul is more than a conversation between two men. In a dark and dank prison cell, on their last night together, a foreboding vigil occurs. Yet, their last hours together forge an unbreakable and eternal bond of friendship. The hearts and souls of the characters are exposed. Emotions are felt; at times unspoken thoughts speak louder than the dialogue. The reader is taken on a journey through time, traveling down the road of Saul’s past to the finality of Paul’s present. Using insightful and creative liberties, Wilder fills in the blanks of Saul’s life before his conversion. As the scribe realizes while listening to Paul, “the past and present had to coexist” because the story would be incomplete otherwise. Paul’s entire life was an expedition to discover the Truth. At the end of his days, he understands that the story of his life belonged to the Lord, the author and finisher of his faith. My Name is Saul proves that no matter what we have done, “all of us can be used by Christ.” It is a compelling read from beginning to end.

Kathryn Bennett

My Name Is Saul: A Novel of the Ancient World by Lin Wilder is the story of Paul the apostle when he was only Saul of Tarsus. A story of loss, transformation and intervention from the divine but most of all a story of a man who truly wanted to seek out the truth. Something that all of us across the ages can truly understand. This book lifts the veil and looks beyond the saint to take a real look at the man.

Growing up, Paul was a figure that I was taught a great deal about. Maybe it was because I was born and raised in St. Paul, MN or maybe he was just a favorite saint among the Sunday school teachers. So, when I had the chance to read this book, I found myself drawn to it. I knew it was historical fiction, but based on historical fact and that excited me. All the teachers that taught me about St. Paul never delved into teaching anything about Saul.

Author Lin Wilder is not afraid to jump right in and tell a riveting and exciting story. You can feel the love, passion, and research that went into this story on each page. There were times I felt the passages were a little bit too much like a Sunday Sermon, but what didn’t appeal to me in that respect will appeal greatly to others. The bottom line about My Name Is Saul is that it is engaging and interesting. I would put it on my must-read list.

Rabia Tanveer

My Name Is Saul: A Novel of the Ancient World by Lin Wilder is about the life of Paul the apostle. Everyone knows Paul as a historical biblical figure, but most of us aren’t aware of his life or who he was before he became Paul and one of the most celebrated biblical figures. Before he was Paul, he was Saul of Tarsus and he wasn’t really the man then he is remembered for now. As he is waiting for his death, Paul shares his life and his journey of how he changed from the rebellious Saul to Paul. He will show you the moments in his life when he fought a battle he thought was right, but with patience and guidance, he became a man he could be proud of. Join Paul the apostle on his journey to finding the path he was always meant to take.

I think Paul is one of those biblical figures who are very well known among both believers and non-believers. All of us have heard his name, even if we aren’t aware of his works and his life. Lin Wilder has done a fantastic job of gathering all the necessary information to not only write this book but make it believable as well. Opening the story on a sad note might be a little daunting for many authors, but I think Lin Wilder has used this to her advantage and given an incredibly rich and impressive story. My Name Is Saul is immersive; you will want to know why Saul lived his life the way he did and why he embraced a pious life. While his life is controversial for some people, the author doesn’t take any sides and simply shares a tale with readers. This can be a good history lesson for anyone who wishes it to be and a story of self-discovery for others. Really entertaining and educational at the same time.