The book of Philemon is often used in studies on forgiveness. Not much is written for us to know the backstory. All we know is that Onesimus was absent from the house of Philemon, and Paul wrote on his behalf. One might wonder what happened to lead up to the letter. In A Week in the Life of a Slave, John Byron writes a scenario that could have happened, based on what is known.
Besides the story, the book contains small sections that tell more about life in the time the events take place. How slaves were treated, what life was like for people, and other information is provided that give you a better understanding of what happens in the plot. They add another level to what you can get out of the book.
I enjoyed reading A Week in the Life of a Slave, but not just for the story. I’ve read Philemon several times, but this gave me something more to consider. Throughout the New Testament, there are warnings about showing favoritism and treating others how you want to be treated. This book can make you stop and think about how you are treating fellow believers.
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.