My rating: ★★★★★
This series was recommended to me by Sister Fatima of the Daughters of St. Paul.
Like every Filipino, I’m aware of St. Paul’s story. Reading it in the graphic novel form, however, brings a different kind of reading experience for me. Although it makes for a quick read, the book successfully conveyed how regretful Paul was for his transgressions.
The first volume of the series showed how remarkably good Saul was at his “job”: persecuting Jesus’ followers. He was not only very good at it, he was also very passionate about it for he truly believed that death is the payment for those who have “sinned”. He was a merciless man. He believed that death was the only way the “sinners” will be purified. Later on, he will change his ways but will be haunted by his former group due to his defection.
The first book of the series concluded by showing several kids who were reading (in awe) the passage that Paul has written about love specifically 1 Corinthians 13:4 which is one of my favorites if I might add. It said:
1 Corinthians 13:4New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
Volume Two of the series is the story of how Paul formed friendship with young Timothy and Phoebe. It also relates how hard the life they have chosen is but how the fire in their hearts make them go on and do their mission in life.
The last volume of the series. This book was focused on Paul’s captivity–how Timothy and Phoebe tried to rescue him, and how, in the end, Septus patched up with him.
This story is about honor, courage, faith, perseverance, wisdom, love, sacrifice, and friendship.