I’d like to thank Christian Focus Publications for giving me a copy of Patrick of Ireland: The Boy Who Forgave by K.C. Murdarasi in return for my honest review.
The story of Saint Patrick of Ireland is incredible. Patrick was a wealthy British teen who had forsaken the Christian God of his parents (his father was an elder in the church). Left in charge of their estate while his parents were away, sixteen-year-old Patrick found himself witnessing a raid on the property by bandits from the sea. In an effort to save his servants, he was himself taken captive. Patrick struggles to come to terms with his new position as an enslaved shepherd on the hills of pagan Ireland. It’s there that he comes to terms with the Christian God he had previously snubbed, and begins praying earnestly.
One of the things I earnestly love about Christian Focus’ Trailblazers series (which now has 51 biographies!) for 8-14 year olds is that the stories read like novels. Kids really feel like they’re part of the story. I also love the fact that reading biographies of earnest Christians to kids helps build their faith and their character. Honestly, I’ll probably read these books on lazy Sunday afternoons when my kids are grown (If they don’t insist on taking them with them, which I expect they will. I may have to buy more copies!)…..
K. C. Murdarasi (who holds a masters in Ancient History and is a retired missionary) does a great job in Patrick of Ireland of bringing the story of Patrick to life for kids, faithfully telling a historically accurate version without involving the mythology surrounding his life. To be honest, the life he reported having was pretty spectacular. There were dreams and visions, a Holy Spirit-led escape, a journey home full of God’s provision, and then a return to Ireland as a bishop and missionary. Patrick spent 30 years in Ireland, preaching to those who once imprisoned him. He fought the good fight for the gospel of Jesus Christ, even standing up to a local warlord. Your kids will read all the details in Murdarasi’s fabulous book.
I highly recommend Patrick of Ireland for your elementary and middle school aged kids. Would you like some free notebooking pages to go with the book? Check out Ten Facts on Patrick of Ireland. You’ll find free, downloadable notebooking pages for grades 1-12!
Patrick of Ireland: The Boy Who Forgave would coordinate well with studies involving
- St Patrick’s Day
- Great Britain
- Ancient History
The Early Church
- Early Missions
You can find Augustine: The Truth Seeker and the other biographies in the Trailblazers biography series for 8-12 year olds at
Other Christian Focus Trail Blazer & Torchbearer books reviewed on Thinking Kids
- Robert Moffat: Africa’s Brave Heart
- Brother Andrew: Behind Enemy Lines
- Fanny Crosby: The Blind Girl’s Song
- Nate Saint: Operation Auca
- John Knox: The Sharpened Sword
- Michael Faraday: Spiritual Dynamo
- Mary of Orange: At the Mercy of Kings
- John Stott: The Humble Leader
- Titanic The Ship of Dreams: John Harper
- Hannah More: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Stop Writing
- John Newton: A Slave Set Free
- Augustine: The Truth Seeker
- Frances Ridley Havergal: The Girl Who Loved Mountains
- Eric Liddell: Finish the Race
- Brother Andrew: Behind the Lines
More Books for 8-12 Year Olds Reviewed at Thinking Kids
- History Lives Christian History Series by Brandon & Mindy Withrow
- Guarding the Treasure: How God’s People Preserve God’s Word by Linda Finlayson
- Tough Questions About the Bible by Joel R. Beeke
- The New Astronomy Book by Danny R. Faulkner
- Hammer of the Huguenots by Douglas Bond
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~ Danika Cooley
Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.