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Saint Patrick the Forgiver–The History and Legends of Ireland’s Bishop

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Saint Patrick the Forgiver

retold and illustrated by Ned Bustard

Is Saint Patrick’s Day just a great time of celebrating Irish heritage with parades, green beer, and shamrocks? Ned Bustard shares the real story of St. Patrick along with some of the tall tales that have surrounded his legacy. In his book Saint Patrick the Forgiver, Ned Bustard retells the ancient story in poem format that is suitable for young and old.

Patrick was born in 385 in England. He was kidnapped and sold as a slave in Ireland where he worked as a shepherd. He had an encounter with God and became a follower of Christ. Later God spoke to him in a vision, provided a boat, and led him safely on the long journey back to his family.

After this escape he had another vision that he was to return to the land and people who had enslaved him. He was able to forgive them because God had forgiven him.

This book is a treasure of spiritual truths, beautiful poetry, and fitting illustrations. Saint Patrick the Forgiver would be a wonderful addition to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It shares history and legend differentiating between the two. Most importantly it teaches the lesson of forgiveness.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Children’s Fiction, Christian, Religion and Spirituality

Notes: 1. The author’s note at the end summarizes the book in prose and has two discussion questions, a verse from Ephesians on forgiveness, and two resources for further reading.
2. Intended Ages—4-8, but it would make great family reading for all ages.
3. Currently Amazon has a special pre-order price for this hardback that is almost 50% off. (I have no financial connection with Amazon; I just noticed the price when I looked for the age range.)

Publication: 2/21/2023—InterVarsity Press (IVP Kids)

Memorable Lines:

Hello, my name is Patrick—
you may have heard my story.
I walked the span of Ireland
to tell of God’s great glory.

To the Irish I returned
to preach of love and grace.
I spoke first to the High King’s son
—our Lord he did embrace.

I saw the Spirit moving
all across the Emerald Isle.
It wasn’t luck—it was God’s grace,
and that always makes me smile!


  1. Gretchen says:

    I always liked reading stories about the saints. This sounds like a good way to learn more about Saint Patrick!

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  2. Nancy says:

    Reading this will provide an additional understanding of the day! And the lesson of forgiveness is needed for so many to hear.

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  3. My granddaughter’s birthday is St. Patrick’s Day, she is a avid reader, I’m going to get this book for her. Thank you Linda!

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  4. WendyW says:

    I have never known much about St. Patrick. I grew up with English parents so we never celebrated the day much. I like the idea of a childrens book to learn about him.

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  5. Afaq Ishtiaq says:

    I always liked reading stories about the saints..This sounds like a good way to learn more about Saint Patrick!

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  6. Carla says:

    Thanks for bringing this one to my attention, Linda. I will not be able to read it to my kids before St. Patrick’s Day, but I did download it and will read it myself. It sounds wonderful.

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