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The Life and Legacy of Saint Patrick Review by Jennifer Harrison

Michael J. McHugh
Great Light Publications
422 S. Williams Avenue
Palatine, IL 60074

Many legends abound about this patron saint of Ireland, but most notably, Saint Patrick is known for his success in preaching the gospel to the pagans of Ireland. His amazing story is told by Michael J. McHugh in this engaging biography. The truth behind the legends is an exciting tale of a Godly man and fearless missionary who dedicated his life to serving God.

Far from being a dry biographical piece, the book is written in story format and able to engage both young and old alike. It would make an excellent read-aloud for families of all ages or an independent read for 5th grade through adult.

The story opens in the year 460, when Patrick is already a Bishop, and then shares Patrick's story from the beginning as he tells his tale to a younger missionary in an effort to dispel the myths already beginning to spread about his fascinating life. In addition to Patrick's life story, from his birth in Rome to his kidnapping by Celtic pirates, the book reveals the political and religious atmosphere that make up the backdrop to the story. The gospel is shared beautifully throughout the book in Patrick's own salvation experience as well as his amazing missionary efforts.

The book's 140 thick, glossy pages also include many colorful photographs, drawings, and maps to accompany the story. This comprehensive and engaging history is very reasonably priced at only $9.99.

Product review by Jennifer Harrison, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, February 2011