The Apostle’s Sister is a Biblical fiction novel about St. Paul the apostle, told through the eyes of his loving younger sister. Paul’s sister is mentioned only once in all of Scripture, in this brief verse:
“But Paul’s nephew—his sister’s son—heard of their plan and went to the fortress and told Paul.”– Acts 23:16 (NLT)
Wow! That’s a memorable mention if there ever was one. Paul’s nephew – the son of his sister – saved his life. And would he have just walked away and forgotten about it? No way! Here are Paul’s strong beliefs regarding family relationships:
“Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.”– 1 Timothy 5:2 (NLT)
“But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.”– 1 Timothy 5:8 (NLT)
The idea that Paul could say these things, and yet not love and care for his own sister, is unbelievable to me. Is there any reason why he wouldn’t have loved her very much? What would it be like to be the apostle Paul’s sister? Did she love him back or think he was crazy?
These thoughts are what sparked the idea for The Apostle’s Sister.
Life with abusive, neglectful parents would have killed Temira, if not for her older brother, the only person in the world who loved her. But as he continued to study in Jerusalem with a famous rabbi, he soon abandoned her as well.
Now, as a young woman, Temira is left a widow with a three-year-old son after the death of her abusive husband. Her estranged brother couldn’t care less about her, being a Jewish leader with only one ambition in life: destroying the followers of Jesus the Nazarene. She wonders what other cruelties Yahweh, the God of the Hebrews, means to do to her.
Until her brother shows up at her door, begging her forgiveness. Has he gone mad? At first she rejects his plea for reconciliation. But his pursuing love is determined to draw her to him – and to the man he now calls the Lord Jesus Christ.
Soon Temira is following her brother Paul through heaven and hell. The life of an apostle’s sister involves terrible pain. Paul needs her help to bear the days filled with imprisonment, torture, illness, and the threat of martyrdom. But will their love for each other and for the Lord Jesus last? Will guilt over the past destroy everything? Or is a tender bond really strong enough to break every chain?
A deeply moving story about the love of a little sister for her brother, The Apostle’s Sister will take readers through a journey of suffering, forgiveness, and the sacrifice that overcomes death itself.
“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify of the grace he has shown me.”– Paul, The Apostle’s Sister