Last week I began a new post series that will feature “five great books” every week on a variety of subjects. I said I’d talk about five great books for women, but I spoke rashly. I’m going to postpone that until a bit later. Instead, today, I’m going to plug five great books about the life of the apostle Paul. I’m beginning a teaching series on this subject with tonight’s service and it’s a great way to get acquainted with almost half of the New Testament in survey fashion.

Paul The Apostle (Robert Picirilli)

Robert Picirilli was a professor at Free Will Baptist Bible College, not far from where I grew up. He’s one of those men of whom his students teased that he “must have walked with Paul.” His book is clear and concise, providing a great outline for Paul’s life.

Paul Apostle of the Heart Set Free (F. F. Bruce)

F. F. Bruce writes about Paul from a more scholarly perspective. Bruce strongly defends the New Testament as an accurate historical account of Paul’s life and does a little more expounding upon the extrabiblical history as well.

Paul: Living for the Call of Christ (Men of Character Series by Gene Getz)

Getz writes this book for men and it would make an excellent men’s Bible study curriculum. He’s practical and helps us see Paul’s great leadership abilities in addition to his theology and character.

Paul: A Man of Grace and Grit (Great Lives from God’s Word Series by Charles Swindoll)

Few authors can compete with Swindoll when it comes to a profound mixture of thorough theology and practical life application. As I read Swindoll’s character studies, I feel like I’m living in the moment. He holds the reader’s attention all the way through.

The Apostle: A Life of Paul (John Pollock)

Pollock’s work is a classic, along with his biographies of Jesus and Billy Graham. He knows how to illustrate a life and shows us in a dramatic way Paul’s sufferings and triumphs.

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