Friday, April 10, 2009

In the Footsteps of Paul - An Amazing Journey through Photographs

(Jacket cover image from Thomas Nelson Publishing)

Today's forecast for St. Peters, MO: Thunderstors, high 50 degrees.

Recently I've read an inspiring book, In the Footsteps of Paul, by award-winning author and photographer, Ken Duncan, and published by Thomas Nelson Publishing.

In his book, Duncan follows the footsteps of the apostle St. Paul, whom Duncan calls "one of the greatest examples of what it is to be a Christain." Duncan sets out to follow St. Paul's travels in Acts closely and bring them to life on film. I think he has succeeded in his quest.

Duncan's book is divided into three primary chapters: The Making of a Man, The Mission of a Man, and The Destiny of a Man. The opening photo of the Old Roman Road, with brilliant red poppies growing through cracks in stones, sets the stage for St. Paul's journey. "I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia . . ." (Acts 22:3)

Some photos in Duncan's book are breathtakingly beautiful, others stunning in their simplicity. Duncan also includes a few color-coded maps to chart St. Paul's journeys. Interspersed among the photos, captions, and quotes from Acts, are quotations from theologians and philosophers, including Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Max Lucado, Rick Warren, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Billy Graham, and C.S. Lewis--to name a few.

The final page shows a photo of the pillar on which St. Paul was beheaded. Also at the end of the book is a quote from St. Paul to Timothy, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." This quote also sums up what Duncan set out to do and has accomplished in his inspiring book.

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