Monday, March 15, 2010
Saint Patrick by Jonathan Rogers review
Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. But all, through their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires, uniquely illuminate our shared experience.
At age 14, he was captured from his homeland of Scotland by Irish marauders and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years tending his master's flocks. In his early twenties, he fled over 200 miles and escaped by ship, returning to his family. By the eighth century, he had come to be revered as the patron saint of Ireland. What did he experience during his years of slavery that proved invaluable to this man who became a revered missionary who “baptised thousands of people,” converted sons of kings, and led wealthy women to become nuns? Learn about the sustaining faith of St. Patrick in this Christian Encounters biography.
I was truly excited when I received this book! I thought “WOW” a nonfiction book based on Saint Patrick, this looks like it will be an interesting read. Unfortunately the book fell short of my expectations, there was no true fact used as the base of this foundation. The author provided his assumptions and what little historical accuracy there was pertained to the history of Irish, and Roman culture, and overshadowed the main subject. Also the author based the early history of the Celts on pop culture theory rather than true fact. Also I noticed that the authors Gaelic translations is off as well. I normally try to show the strong points of a book as well as the writer, although I could find nothing to rave about except the cover. A true letdown.
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