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Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact

(Early Church Fathers)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Patrick ministered to kings and slaves alike in the culture that had enslaved him. Patrick's faith and his commitment to the Word of God through hard times is a true example of the way that God calls us to grow and to bless those around us through our suffering. Michael Haykin's masterful biography of Patrick's life and faith will show you how you can follow God's call in ...more
Paperback, 102 pages
Published March 20th 2014 by Christian Focus Publications
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Richard Klueg
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author references Patrick's two extant writings to give us an engaging picture of this man of God, with an emphasis on his doctrine. Also helpful is the description of the world Patrick lived in, a time and place relatively unfamiliar to most of us.
Adam Thomas
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A helpful reflection on the life and thought of St Patrick, whose name is well-known but whose testimony much less so. It is not common for evangelical writers to venture into the fifth-century, so it was valuable for some wider historical context too. Patrick's reflections on his mission were particularly interesting to read, as he was humbled by the idea of God using him to take the gospel to (as he saw it) the literal ends of the earth. Not much is known about Patrick's life (and a lot of wha ...more
Kyle Ryan
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin gives us a brief synopsis of the life of St. Patrick. He shows the beauty of God’s sovereignty in his conversion after being taken captive, his zeal to return to his former captives with the gospel, and his eagerness for God’s glory to go forward. We see in this brief book on St. Patrick how he was a man guided by the Bible and the Spirit. This book will leave you thankful to God for the life of St. Patrick and encourage you in a deeper zeal for Christ.
Joseph Johnston
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
St. Patrick's Day has just passed, so I found it fitting that I finish this biography on St. Patrick's life and spirituality. Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact is almost not really a biography, since so little is known about his life; however, Michael Haykin manages to sew what pieces of his life that we know with the overwhelming evidence of Patrick's devotion to God. Through his writings and speech, it is clear that Patrick was very immersed in the Bible and in prayer. Anything Patrick d ...more
Frank Peters
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a small booklet, which serves as an excellent introduction to the life of St. Patrick. The book is not really a biography, even as it provides a short biographical sketch. Rather in addition to providing a description of Patrick’s life, it provides a much more complete description about Patrick’s thought. The target audience of the book is conservative evangelicals, so the author completely rejects most of the miraculous elements that have become part of the mythology surrounding Patrick ...more
Paul
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
This short biography of Patrick of Ireland is only 102 pages, but it's an easy read. It's written by Michael Haykin, one of the best church historians of this generation, and is heavily documented with footnotes. Haykin has previously written about Patrick, but he's bringing his scholarship together in this short book.

There's a lot of detail about Patrick's life which is unknown, but some writers have speculated and others glamorized Patrick's life. This is a fair and balanced overview of his l
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Phil Barnes
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick the Missionary

Michael Haykin has done the Evangelical world a great service in this short and very readable book on the life of Patrick of Ireland. I have lectured on Patrick for seminary classes on evangelism, missions, and church history, and this little book will be a very helpful supplement to those lectures. Patrick truly was an extraordinary missionary, and a study of his life and methods will surely benefit evangelists and missionaries alike.
Andrzej Stelmasiak
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Not an exhaustive biography filled with many entertaining details, but I don't think that this was the purpose of this book. Instead, this work contains condensed biography free from speculations as much as it could be, and it is focused on the man and his thought. It is brilliant in answering question how Patrick reach the point of being a Trinity-driven missionary to the Irish. Edifying, heart warming and really relevant for our 21st century context. Thank you Dr. Haykin!
Josh
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: church-history
It's difficult to write a biography of a figure from the fourth century, from whom only two complete writings survive. But Haykin gives a good, though brief, introduction to Patrick's life.
Ryan
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good intro to his conversion, call, doctrine and mission. Used it to prepare a teaching lesson for my church. Can easily be read in on or two sittings.
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Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin is the Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality and Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is also the editor of Eusebeia: The Bulletin of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. His present areas of research include 18th-century British Baptist life and thought, as well as Patristic Trinit
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