Saint Patrick by Jonathan Rogers
Perhaps no man has had more legend surrounding his life than Saint Patrick. In Jonathan Rogers’ book, Saint Patrick, part of the Christian Encounters series by Thomas Nelson Publishers, we learn the history behind the man. With only two extant writings of Saint Patrick to glean information from, Rogers considers the context of the world and culture in which Saint Patrick lived and helps us to paint an historic picture of Saint Patrick’s life.
Rogers is masterful in his outlining of the truths that birthed the legends, without leading the reader to accept or reject them. He allows for many possibilities regarding the Saint’s life and ministry, leading the reader only to the historical context and the writings of Saint Patrick himself.
There are two things about this biography of Saint Patrick’s life that I really, really love. First, Saint Patrick’s writings are included as appendices to the book , allowing the reader to refer to them as she reads, after she has read the book and has a better idea of what Patrick was writing, or (as in my case) both. But second, and far more important, this biography challenged my assumptions about Saint Patrick and the Early Church. If I had only picked up Patrick’s writings and had not read the history and context that Rogers provides, I would not have understood the importance of the Saint’s words, the challenges he faced, or the authority he had to question in order to be obedient to God’s call on his life.
This is a short read—and a quick one. You can easily finish this in time to honor Saint Patrick on the coming holiday.
For more information about this book, please visit the Thomas Nelson product page for Saint Patrick.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program.