There could not be a better guide [to the Bible] than Karen Armstrong... Her great achievement is that, as well as leaving you with a clearer, more historically accurate picture as to what precisely the Bible is (and isn't), she also makes you want to go back and read it again with fresh eyes.
Characteristically wise and searching... Armstrong leads us through the story [of the Bible] at unflagging speed... fascinating.
A fascinating exploration of the origins of the most widely circulated and influential book in history.Clemency Burton Hill
Armstrong rescues her subject from two-dimensional caricature and helps us see just why generations have needed Paul to "think with", not just about God, but about the possible shapes of human community in the face of unthinking conformism and the powerful stupidity of empires.Rowan Williams
A compelling interpretation of the importance of this most prominent of early Christian figures... Absorbing and informative
Balanced and well informed
New York Review of Books