St Paul's writings are blamed by so many for so much. Marriage is targetted: the "place and status of" women, family life and heaps more. Paul re-wrote what the nice Jesus said and made Christiantiy into a restrictive, miserable religion. Into what it is today: dull, long-faced, intolerant, sexist, even racist. Do you recognise that thought?
But DID HE? Bridget Plass (actor, speaker, and for some while deeply involved in that very difficult area of social services, children in care) set about finding out. And has worked her scholarship into a most readable book, epistle (i.e. letters!) style, accessible to the non-academic reader. Her insight is enormous, and coupled with research and the wisdom gathered from a wide experience of people, she has put together a most believable picture of what Paul was doing in the "epistles" we find in the Bible. He gently explains to a number of inquirers that sometimes what he said will nothing to do with us today, in other places it is in answer to specific questions from the time and area of his writing, but other times it is indeed relevant for all time and so to 21st century people. God's love. Christ's ministry. I shan't say more, this is a review, not a synopsis!
At the same time, the book is deceptively 'simple', straightforward, and an easy read.
A must-read if you have ever read (or think you know about) St Paul.