Magnus Patricius: The Remarkable Life of St Patrick the Man – Patrick G. Cox
I really enjoyed the unfolding of St Patrick’s life story as I edited this book, written as a first-person narrative, a style that is perfectly suited to this fictionalized biography. Open the pages of Magnus Patricius: The Remarkable Life of St Patrick the Man, and meet the teen boy who was taken from his home and enslaved by the Irish for six years. He eventually made his way to home and freedom, with many adventures along the way, and enjoyed life as a member of the landed Romano-British nobility until he heard God calling him back to Ireland to serve the people who had enslaved him. I relished the story of this humble man with his endearing love for his wife and daughter, his acerbic wit when challenging his religious “superiors” who tried to hold an old, confessed sin over his head, and the incredible, sometimes miraculous way his ministry to the people he loved grew day by day without ever being housed in a grand cathedral, but instead was conducted on the rolling green hillsides of Ireland. If you want to go beyond the revelry of St Patrick’s Day and know the man who became St Patrick, this book will draw you in and make you feel as if you know Magnus Patricius like a dear friend.