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Twice Freed

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  743 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
The second book in the series following on from the bestselling Rainforest AdventuresChildren are fascinated with the natural world around them and with facts and information about animals that they have never seen. However often good nature programmes on T.V. or articles in magazines centre on evolution and completely ignore the Creator. Each story has a Bible verse and l ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by CF4kids (first published 1970)
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Oct 31, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it
This was such an amazing book! I highly recommend it! While it is a historical fictions children's novel, it has so much worth to readers of all ages. St. John gives a fictional account of Onesimus, Philemon's slave spoken of by Paul in his letter to Philemon. The author does an amazingly accurate job of presenting the places and events of this time period as they are accounted for in other passages of Scripture and historical background books. After reading this, I had a better understanding of ...more
Jessica Joy
Oct 02, 2014 Jessica Joy rated it it was amazing
Twice Freed is the story of a young slave boy living during Ancient Rome. Struggling with his hate and fear, he runs away to find a new life. Along the way circumstances fall into place which show him what, or who, he really needs to be free: Christ.

This book is wonderful. Based around the book of Philimon, Patricia St. John forms a story which makes you cry and laugh, while you, along with the whole host of characters, struggle to find the true answer of love despite life's suffering. Even if
Feb 16, 2016 Eliza rated it really liked it
This book was amazing! I loved it. The only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars is because I usually reserve 5 stars for my favoritests (An Old Fashioned Girl, The Anne of Green gables series, etc.)
I would definitely recommend this to Christian tweens and teens. It is a little dramatic and a little violent in some parts.
Paige S.
Jul 29, 2016 Paige S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved everything about this book! The descriptions of places and landscapes were vivid but not pointless and drawn out; there was romance, but it wasn't the main storyline, and it was pure; the author was honest yet discreet about the descriptions of pagan worship; the characters were well developed; the storyline kept me wanting more; her version of events was not unbiblical, so her creative license dos not get out of hand... it was wonderful! Highly recommend for both children and adu ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Larissa rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this in years, but when I was younger I read it several times. I loved most of Patricia St John's books, but particularly this one. It gave so much to this story of Onesimus and I loved how she created a whole story out of a few lines in a small book of the Bible. Whenever I looked at Philemon (that's the book I seem to recall it being from) with my family or in church after reading this, I was always very interested and felt this secret joy about my expanded insight into a possib ...more
Jan 09, 2016 Olivia rated it really liked it
Recommended for ages 12 and up. Onesimus is a Greek slave boy who is adamant about getting his freedom. But he begins to hear of Jesus Christ and the way he sacrificed his life. He tries to push thoughts of Him away, but yet he keeps hearing more about him. When his master's son is crippled for life partly by Onesium, he is more then ever wanting to flee. His master, Philemon, becomes a disciple of Christ and soon his son follows in his footstep. The question for Onesimus is whether he is willin ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Olivia rated it really liked it
I liked the simplicity yet fun of this book. An awesome look at the heart of Onesimus. Based on the Biblical character.
The positives of this work are unique and compelling. St. John provides wonderful insight into the ancient world. Geography, typography, regional flora and fauna, class structures/ societal practices, travel and economy. The story arc of Onesimus' life is well done, and blends well with the book of Acts that St. John uses as background. You will understand the context of Acts events, as well as all of Paul's epistles, better, after reading this book. This is especially true of the somewhat obscu ...more
Jul 23, 2014 LuAnn rated it it was amazing
Wow, another great book of Roman times and Greek ways as well as the life of early Christians. Based on Paul's letter to Philemon in the Bible, this take place in
Asia Minor (now Turkey in towns like Hieropolis and Ephesus which I have actually visited. Beautifully written and well-worth reading.
Sep 16, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating look at the life of a slave during the early years of the Christian church. It stayed true to Biblical teachings and quoted Paul's letters extensively. My daughter had to read it for English last year and she loved it, so I decided to give it a try myself. I am glad I did!
Hibari Hanana *(ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*
This book was amazing. I really enjoyed it. Patricia St. John always does an amazing job retelling stories with her twists! I first read it in seventh grade and I am now rereading it again! I found it for a dollar at a school sale, so I decided to buy it to reread it!

This book is based upon the book of Philemon. Onesimus, a young slave, wishes to be free to pursue his dreams and find the lovely girl Eirene. He wants to run away to Rome and pursue the gods of his ancestors. But when Onesimus does
Jan 30, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Early in the month I asked Petal Rose for a book recommendation. It was fun to see her dash away and then, come back with a stack or 5 or 6 books. Twice Freed by Patricia St John was the book I chose from her stack as Petal Rose has been seen reading this book several times in the last few years. A fantastic book, I now recommend it highly. Even though this is a children's or young teen read, the author does a wonderful job describing the setting and bringing the early church to life in the imag ...more
Julia Lee
May 12, 2016 Julia Lee rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! It is one book that all four of my homeschooled kids enjoyed as part of our history class. It makes a great addition when studying New Testament history as well.
Mar 03, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
An excellent fiction based on the book of Philemon. While we won't know all of Onesimus' story until we can ask him in person, the author makes educated guesses, and it's an engaging story.
Hiulam Chan
Sep 24, 2014 Hiulam Chan rated it it was amazing
Super good children's story book, even me I'm adult, still very enjoy reading this book.
The writer described the scenario in details as if you are in there. A must-read book!
Mar 24, 2014 Christie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school, youth
The description of this book on the goodreads page is incorrect. This is a fictional account of Onesimus from the biblical book Philemon. It's one of the kids' favorites.
Jun 21, 2014 Linette rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historic-fiction
What can I say? Patricia St John beautifully entwines the threads of Paul's letters together to create a totally plausible story of the slave Onesimus. Beautiful.
Dec 27, 2015 Denise rated it liked it
Historical fiction. Read this with my daughter. Not a bad read for the reading level. Wish I would have had my older kids read it too.
Aug 23, 2014 Jennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth
I haven't read this book in years, so I can't give a detailed review, but I loved it enough to read it numerous times in my youth, so it gets 5 stars from me.
Kezia Roopnarine
Jul 10, 2015 Kezia Roopnarine rated it it was amazing
Read this when I was in Middle School, but I still remember how I felt when I completed it. It's that good.
Ginni Brinkley
Nov 04, 2015 Ginni Brinkley rated it really liked it
Lovely fictional account of Onesimus, the slave mentioned in the Bible book of Philemon.
Dec 18, 2013 Adrian rated it liked it
Read it today, very quickly, Its a set book for some children so wanted to know what was in it. I thought it was clever in the way that the writer uses a 2,000 year old story and makes it readable for today. Not sure that it really works when she puts New Testament words in the mouths of some speakers, and uses AV English. I think it would have worked better if she had used very normal words but gave the sense of the meaning, rather than try to verbatim it. It seems that a lot of research has be ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Starry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile, fiction, turkey
This obscure book does for St. Paul and the early church what Elizabeth Speare's Newbery Award-winning book "The Bronze Bow" did for Israel during Jesus' ministry -- brings to life the times and the messages through the experiences of a likeable but flawed child narrator. Like another St. John book "Treasure of the Snow", this one has a hard-hitting Christian message about forgiving the wrongs others do to us.

It was fun to read this book soon after visiting Ephesus -- I could picture some of th
Angela Corpus
Jan 06, 2015 Angela Corpus rated it really liked it
Probably one of the best of Christian literature that I have read.
Aug 13, 2010 Trine rated it really liked it
The christian message in this book is strong and well presented and the description of the early church is well done. Unfortunately the book is an oldfashioned children's book with characters that are a little too stereotype for my taste. And why is it that so many books have a rushed ending? It takes pages and chapters to tell of the downfall, some to tell about the turning point and then suddenly everything is fine. But perhaps that's what makes it a children's book.
"You Christians are strange people. *Why* were you glad that day when you came home as lame as you went?'
'Because our weakness makes us lean so hard on His strength. Before I was lame I was so proud and strong, I thought I could do weakness leads me back and back to Him, and I love Him as a thirsty man loves the fountain and a cold man loves the fire. Only you cannot understand till you love Him ...not only am I content; I'm glad.'"
Another incredible book by a gifted author. This book was read to me when I was a kid, and now I have had the wonderful experience of reading it to my own kids. Patricia St. John does such a great job of giving a us a feel for the historical setting. This book added great dimension to our history study of ancient Rome. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Mary Kate
Jul 02, 2015 Mary Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow!! This was amazing!!! Some creative thinking bases on a single chapter of the Bible!! Great!! Take a moment and check this one out!!!
Crystal Valdez
Jun 15, 2013 Crystal Valdez rated it it was amazing
Such an excellent historical fiction! Mental note to read to my children when they are studying The early church.

The author uses so much scripture to paint a picture of the spiritual climate. Gospel clearly presented. It was so neat to see so many familiar passages woven into a children's story.

Loved it!
Jul 18, 2012 Kameron rated it really liked it
What a wonderful book! We love Patricia St. John's books...but this one was set apart, with its attention to historic detail and its incorporation of real, New Testament church believers. This era of history and even Paul's letters to the churches have just come alive for all of us as a family.
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Patricia Mary St. John spent 27 years as a dedicated missionary to North Africa - and was also a prolific children's writer. Her books are loved and treasured around the world; some have been turned into stirring films. Gripping adventures which cover real life issues are her hallmark.
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