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March 17, 2015

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. An icon of the Irish and the reason we wear green on St. Patrick's day, this influential saint is shrouded by myth and legend. There are many stories about St. Patrick, but the real story is much different than what we would imagine. He was not a leprechaun or an elf, nor did he find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. What he did do brought something more valuable than gold into the lives of thousands.

St. Patrick was born in Britain around 389. As a teenager, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of druids and pagans. St. Patrick learned the language and practices of the people who held him. But he turned to God during his captivity and became a devout Christian..

After a miraculous escape from Ireland around the age of 20, he was called back in a vision from God. He returned to the place of his captivity to preach the gospel. There he spent 40 years, converting all of Ireland to Christianity.

He spent his life building churches, living in poverty and enduring much suffering and hardship for the sake of Christ. Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and it has been associated with him and the Irish ever since.

William Federer's biography lifts the shroud of legend from St. Patrick and covers in detail his true life story. Federer draws on the historically confirmed writings of St. Patrick such as "The Confession of Patrick" and the "Letter to Coroticus." The text of the book is sprinkled with pictures to illustrate the culture, landscape and people of Patrick's birthplace in Roman Britain and his mission field in Ireland. Federer includes chapters on his captivity, conversion, years in Europe, calling, trials, faith and legacy.

By his death in A.D. 461, Patrick had founded 300 churches and baptized 120,000 believers – and his followers re-evangelized Europe! We have much to learn from the life of this humble, pious and passionate man. The story of his devotion to Christ and to preaching the gospel will be an inspiration to every reader.

How was the time Saint Patrick lived in similar to today?

The Roman Empire was falling:


  • Illegal immigrants overrunning borders
  • Latin language displaced
  • Sexual immorality
  • Exposure of unwanted infants
  • Violent gladiatorial entertainment
  • Outsourcing to North Africa
  • Enormous debt and government
  • Explosion of welfare and government jobs
  • Taxes unbearable
  • Church discouraged political involvement
  • Military overstretched
  • Attila the Hun committing terrorist attacks

Rome pulled its legions back from the frontier of Britain, leaving it to marauding gangs. Patrick was kidnapped as a boy and sold into slavery in Druid Ireland. He miraculously escaped, only to have, at age 40, a divine call to go back as a missionary. He confronted Druid chiefs, baptized 120,000, used the three-leaf clover to teach the Trinity and founded 300 churches, which in the next century sent missionaries back into Europe!

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You will be fascinated by "Saint Patrick - The Real Story of Life & Times From Tragedy to Triumph"!


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