Saint Patrick was, as far as we know, the first Christian missionary ever to take the gospel to barbarians beyond the borders of the Roman Empire. This biography, written by Rabbit Room contributor Jonathan Rogers, looks at what motivated a son of Roman privilege to minister to the very people who had kidnapped and enslaved him in his youth—and examines why the Irish found his vision of the gospel so compelling.
Here’s the Rabbit Room post about the book including an excerpt from the introduction
Comments & Reviews
This little volume is more of a commentary on the known historical documents written by Patrick than it is a true biography. Nonetheless, it’s a great read and a good resource for familiarizing yourself with an incredible giant of the faith. Rogers made Patrick, his world, and his wiritngs come to life with the details he offered of Ireland and the Roman church.
I went into the book knowing next to nothing about a man for whom a case could be made was the greatest missionary after Paul. I came away believing that Patrick truly set an example of how cross-cultural missions should be executed: with respect for the home culture to which he ministered without compromising the gospel or mixing it with the pagan religion. I’m well-pleased with this investment, and it only left me with a thirst to know more about the man.
This is the first Jonathan Rogers book I’ve read and regret not reading more of him, especially his fiction. He is now on my must read list.
This, in contrast, an excellent sample of unbiased writing that acknowledges the fiction at arms length, and sifts through it to leave you just the facts and truth. That task was made even more difficult as there wasn’t alot of written fact to go on, other than the writings from St. Patrick (Which are included in the Appenix) and a few other manuscripts from others on or about the timeframe. I love the fact the author included the circumstantial history at this time in history into account and used it to help probable truth to what may have happened to this man. That is what impressed me the most is Mr. Roger’s integrity to the task. (Thank you sir)
I have been a fan of St. Patrick for about ten years now. What I was a fan of, I found out, were mostly legends sprinkled with a condiment of truth. After reading this book, I am now a new fan of the real St. Patrick, a tough, focused, sold out, and humble man of God. A must read for anyone who loves Christian history.