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The Runaway

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Philo, a first-century Phoenician boy, is worried about his family. Evil hangs over their house like a cloud. And it all seems to come from his sister Illyrica, who is possessed by a demon. Hearing about a prophet from Nazareth who has healed the sick and even raised the dead, Philo wonders if He can save his sister. But the mere mention of the prophet's name sends Illyric ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 8th 1985 by Moody Publishers (first published 1985)
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Eric Boot
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hated it so much. Don't understand why we have to read those stupid books for school.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have yet to read a Patricia St John book we didn't like! This one was no exception!!
We read this out loud at bedtime with my 10.5, almost 8, and 5.5 yr olds. They loved when they made the connection from one of the fictional minor characters to the Bible references they knew so well!
I highly recommend this as a spring, before Easter read. It would enhance the season like Jotham's Journey does Christmas.
What a gem! I cried because it was sad, and because it was beautiful and hopeful! I felt Philo's insatiable hunger and I saw the roads he traveled. I felt the joy in little Ione's heart.
This is written for, I'd guess, 12 year olds and there are some issues if you're going to nit pick but as an emotional and spiritual experience, it was perfect!
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love how Jesus transforms lives! The ending of this book is great! However, I could do without the graphic descriptions of a young woman possessed by a demon.
Dec 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Not one of her best books. I liked it but there wan't enough of his unque story in it since I had heard these storys OVER AND OVER.
I don't remember much about this, I read it so long ago. But I know I really liked it at the time.
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
We (the kids and I) all loved this book!
James Nance
Jan 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book to my children.
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book, wonderful author--it was wonderful to read this book with my children.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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