We are looking at a September 2014 release of Thinking through Paul, an introductory textbook by Bruce Longenecker and Todd Still (Zondervan). There are already a number of pretty good books that help folks to understand Paul (e.g., books by N.T. Wright, Mike Gorman, David Capes et al., etc.), but having a contribution from Longenecker and Still is very welcome in my opinion. These are two of the sharpest minds in New Testament studies and both reputations as excellent communicators.
Believe it or not, my students sometimes find Paul confusing and/or uninteresting. Still and Longenecker have made it their aim to draw out the richness and dynamism of Paul’s life and theology. I have happily used Gorman’s Apostle of the Crucified Lord as a textbook pretty much since it came out, and I still turn to it repeatedly for guidance and wisdom. But I think I may try out Longenecker/Still even if just to have an excuse to read it myself.
I think more details about the book are yet to emerge, but both authors are featured in short videos about the book – check it out.