Levi was studying to be a priest, but an unspeakable tragedy caused him to turn his back on his faith and pursue riches and luxury instead. Much to the disappointment of his family, he becomes a tax collector, reviled by Jews and Romans alike.

Although Levi is a success, his chosen trade does not bring him contentment. And when he hears about Jesus, the man who some are saying is the prophesied Messiah, he begins a quest that leads him to question his very existence. As he follows Jesus and records His words and deeds, Levi is shaken to the core and transformed. Jesus renames him Matthew—literally, “gift from God”—and the tax collector is called to give up his work and his passions and claim Jesus as his Lord.

Matthew’s Story is a novel that brings to life the most unlikely of apostles and his time with the Lord.