Sunday, January 22, 2023

"St Patrick the Forgiver" - a bookwrap


Saint Patrick the Forgiver

The History and Legends of Ireland's Bishop

by Ned Bustard


* Reading Age:  4-8 years

* Grade Level:  1-2

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  IVP Kids

* Pub. Date:  Feb. 21, 2023

* ISBN-10:  151400724X

*ISBN-13:  978-1514007242

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

"A beautifully told and illustrated story of the life and ministry of Saint Patrick. Ned Bustard has done an amazing job."

-- Philip Freeman, author of St. Patrick of Ireland: A Biography and Fletcher Jones Chair of Western Culture at Pepperdine University's Seaver College

"While the source material is limited, what we do know of Patrick of Ireland is that he carried within himself a great passion for the good news of Jesus and a great love for the people of Ireland. Ned Bustard's delightful children's book Saint Patrick the Forgiver captures this gospel spirit of the Celtic missionary and, just for fun, weaves in a few of the charming legends connected to his amazing life."

-- Jeff Johnson, musician and composer

"This musical picture book tells the story of a saint transformed by the grace of God. Through his delightful illustrations and joyful rhymes, Ned Bustard introduces young readers to the life of Saint Patrick and reminds us that God can bring generations of fruit from one small seed of obedience."

-- ThΓ©a Rosenburg, coeditor of Wild Things and Castles in the Sky: A Guide to Choosing the Best Books for Children and blogger at Little Book, Big Story

"I can't wait to recommend and gift this beautiful book on the life of Saint Patrick. So many children (and adults) celebrate Saint Patrick's Day without knowing the faith and fortitude of this great saint. This treasure is the perfect collection of illustrations and verse incorporating Saint Patrick facts and legends. I will be recommending and gifting this to the grownups in my life too!"

-- Lisa Landis Blowers, host and producer of Kids Cookie Break radio program

Unwrapping Some Illustrations 

The Book


Hello, my name is Patrick.

You may have heard my story.
I walked the span of Ireland
to tell of God’s great glory.
And with a wee green shamrock
I shared of the Three-in-One:
our God―the blessed mystery―
Father, Spirit, and the Son.

 Almost everyone has heard of St. Patrick's Day but know very little about the man who it is named after.  

Actually Patrick was not even born in Ireland but in old Britain.  He became one of the greatest bishops of Ireland in all of history.  This retelling of his biography gathered from his words from his Confessions and a variety of legends showcases the interesting and significant life of the real man.  

His story is one of forgiveness and true love as he shares and performed miracles all throughout Ireland.  This fascinating rhyming story has beautiful signature linocut artwork that is stunning to behold.  The targeted age group, 4-8 years, and adults too, will find this book not only informative but also enjoyable.  The author has included a note to encourage further conversations about St. Patrick's life at the end of story.  

"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." -Ephesians 4:32

I love the book, especially the illustrations, and highly recommend it.   

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Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author/Illustrator

Ned Bustard is a graphic designer, a children's book illustrator, an author, and a printmaker. As the creative director for Square Halo Books, Inc and curator of the Square Halo Gallery, Ned has lectured at colleges, schools, churches, and conferences. His work is found in numerous titles, including Saint Nicholas the Giftgiver, The O in Hope, Revealed: A Storybook Bible for Grown-Ups, and Every Moment Holy.

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