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Review by Robin Parry for Theological Scribbles

I found the book to be full of fascinating ideas — exegetically stimulating and innovative, theologically constructive, and pastorally beneficial. Continue reading

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Review by Sarah Watts for Continuing the Journey

Most of us will have grown up with an image of Paul as the “ideal Christian”, giving us guidelines for living which can feel impossible to live up to and sometimes in an effort to live up to the “ideal” he apparently presents we can end up denying the reality of our circumstances… This book is the condensed product of several years of Richard’s reflection and although it won’t take much time to read, it bears much longer reflection on the nature of dark emotional states and the whereabouts of God when we’re in the middle of them. Continue reading

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Review by Rosie Woods for Thresholds

This creative reading of St Paul’s inner journey is the fruit of both scholarly research and pastoral practice… This book would appeal to the theologian, the scripture scholar, the minister, but also to anyone fascinated by the human spirit and the role religion and spirituality can play in mental health and healing. Continue reading

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Review by Barry Varney for The Good Bookstall

When we see Paul as he really is, we find not just a remote and exalted figure from whom we inevitably feel isolated, but ‘a true kinsman from whom to receive encouragement’. I suggest you let this refreshing and liberating study lead you to the real Paul. Continue reading

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Review by David Atkinson for “The Bridge”

We should be very grateful to Richard Dormandy for this creative and fresh approach to Paul, and for introducing us to a very human side to the great Apostle which can serve as a great reassurance to us when we are going through it, as well as a pointer to the grace of God which is ‘sufficient’ to hold onto us in our weaknesses. Continue reading

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Paul: Hero or Homewrecker?

“Home” was never an easy concept for Paul. Visits to his birthplace, Tarsus, are barely mentioned; he studied in Jerusalem but conversion made it dangerous; he spent a good while in Corinth but this was tainted by the argy-bargy that … Continue reading

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Paul: Defeated Twice

St Paul was a difficult man. There are many indications that he was essentially a loner: His competitive zeal, his passionate arguments, his sharp break with more pastoral Barnabas, his focused missionary hunger all point to one who found the … Continue reading

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Paul: Punk, Post-Punk, or Master of Dub?

After 2000 years we gladly take Paul’s “hymns” for granted. Philippians 2 or Colossians 1 are comfortably familiar now, but were shocking when they first appeared. To cry out “every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” was horrifying … Continue reading

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Was Paul a disappointment to his parents?

One of the big contributions Social Science has made to New Testament studies has been to stress the role of family in the Ancient World. Individualism as we know it is a modern creation. In the light of this, it’s … Continue reading

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Paul and Titus

Titus is possibly the first non-Jewish Christian we have recorded by name. Paul took him to Jerusalem about fifteen years after Christ’s death, noting that “even though he was a Greek he wasn’t compelled to be circumcised.” (Galatians 2) They … Continue reading

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