Saturday, March 6, 2010

Saint Patrick: Book Review


I recently joined a great group called Book Sneeze. Book Sneeze is a place for bloggers to find super books to review. For more information, click the button on my sidebar.stpatrick

The first book I chose to review is Saint Patrick, by Jonathan Rogers. This book is part of the Christian Encounters series by Thomas Nelson publishers, a series that explores the lives of great Christians, including Anne Bradstreet, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Bunyan, and others.

Although most Americans are very familiar with Saint Patrick’s day and the festivities the holiday entails, very few are aware of the dramatic change Saint Patrick made in the (at that time) barbarian country of Ireland.

Saint Patrick is a well written book. I thought it might be rather dull, but as I began to read, I was drawn in with interest. Although very little has been recorded in history about the life of Saint Patrick, there are many myths and legends about this saint. This book contains the two documents that Saint Patrick wrote during his life time, which are the only two reliable accounts of his life, and then attempts to fill in the pieces. It also includes a good amount of the myths and legends that so many people have heard. 

This book tells how in many ways, Saint Patrick related his life to that of the Apostle Paul. It tells of his visions, and his concern with his lack of education. Slavery, pirates, kings, bribes, and  fantastic miracles are all found on the interesting pages of this book.

This book would be a great addition to any library, and would be fantastic as a source for a research paper, as it includes references to other books about Saint Patrick. 

So, this March 17th, find out for yourself about the man behind the legends!


**** I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to do a review. All opinions are my own.

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