The story of Thecla brings to light the dangers, bravery and complications of spreading The Word in the early Christian Church—bandits, nay-sayers, powerful leaders and the ever-present Romans, to name a few. Thecla followed Paul. His teaching spoke to her so completely, she accepted Paul’s anointing as the first woman evangelist. The eventual question the reader will ask, did she love Paul or his message. Read the story, you decide.