At age 14, a boy named Patrick was captured from his homeland of Scotland by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years as a shepherd/slave. By his own confession, he grew up knowing about God, but not loving God. The forced imprisonment left him completely alone and away everything familiar to him. He sat for years watching sheep, and like King David in the Bible spent his hours and days listening and talking to God.
In his early twenties, he had a dream where he said God told him to leave because his ship was waiting for him. He ran through the dark, through swamps and hills over 200 miles and escaped by ship, returning to his family. His family asked him to swear he’d stay close to them forever, since they already lost him once. He had another dream a few years later that prompted him to return to the people in Ireland he had grown to love and share the Gospel of Jesus with them.
I really enjoyed this short biography of St. Patrick. Jonathan Rogers shares the legends of St. Patrick alongside the facts we know about him through his own writings. I was fascinated with the legends that grew and grew over the years about St. Patrick and his ministry. No, he was not the first Christian in Ireland, No, he really didn’t drive all the snakes out, and no, he wasn’t the first Bishop of Ireland-all new and surprising news to me.
This is a really great read, and I highly recommend it to anyone, especially as St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. Reading this book made St. Patrick come alive to me with all his passion for Jesus and the people of Ireland that he loved and gave his life for.
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