A biographical study of the life of Saint Patrick, this book is part of Thomas Nelson‘s Christian Encounters series. Author Jonathan Rogers has certainly done his homework with this book.
While legends and myths about Ireland’s patron saint abound, very little of what we “know” is true. Combining historical records and research with the Patrick’s own writings, Rogers creates a picture for the reader not of an unreachable saint with whom today’s Christian has nothing in common, but of a man with personal strengths and weaknesses who lived in a difficult time, called to “buck the system” of religious authority and do something new in his service to God.
For St. Patrick, “the renegade bishop,” the voice of God issuing forth from his spirit was more real than the expectations and demands of culture, religion, or tradition. He was a man willing to “lose the culture war” in order to win souls for Christ, a lesson we could all apply in our efforts to evangelize the lost today.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in evangelism, the history of the church, or just intrigued about a man whose life we celebrate every March 17th.
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