Patricia St. John Tells Her Own Story

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Kingsley Press, 2004 - Missionaries - 272 pages
Anyone who has read Patricia St. John's books already knows how her stories come alive, and this account of her own life is no exception. Her powers of description make the story leap from the page and the reader is transported to far off places and times; and the people and the things she describes can almost be touched, smelled and seen.Patricia was not just a gifted story-teller, though; she was also a deeply committed follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, whose spiritual journey began when she was only six years old. 'My name is Patricia, ' she prayed, 'and if You are really calling me I want to come and be Yours. ' Out of that small beginning there issued a river of life and light and blessing that went on increasing right up to the end of her life. Although she always thought of herself as 'an ordinary sort of girl' , her life was extraordinary because of her supreme love for Jesus Christ.The life portrayed here is not that of the self-conscious saint, concerned only with her own saintliness. On the contrary these pages offer us an inside view of someone utterly human, prone to mistakes and failures like the rest of us, yet suffused with the love of God and a contagious joy and peace that was like the bubbling up of a perpetual fountain.
 

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Patricia St. John writes about her childhood, her years working as a nurse during WWII, as a teacher and matron at a girls' boarding school, and as a missionary nurse in Morocco, as well as how she ... Read full review

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The author lived an incredible life. I knew of her only through her children's books "Treasures of the snow" and "Secret Garden." But she was also a missionary primarily in Morocco where she ... Read full review

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Contents

List of Illustrations
7
Publishers Preface
9
Foreword by Janet St John
11
Introduction by Simon BarringtonWard
13
Family Background
19
Early Years at Malvern
29
Swiss Interlude
37
School Days
45
Endings and Beginnings
131
The Hospital at Tangier
139
My Life at the Hospital
155
Nephews and Nieces
161
Questions People Ask
169
A Tribute to My Father
177
Rwanda
189
In the Steps of St Paul
201

War Time Experiences
55
Arrival in Tangier
73
Family Joys and Sorrows
81
Up to the Mountains
89
First Contacts
97
Fatima and Her Friends
103
The Children Come
113
Out to the Villages
123
The Grannies
215
Lebanon
223
Settling Down in England
231
The Refugee Camp
239
Global Care
249
Home on the Estate
257
Epilogue
269
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About the author (2004)

Patricia St. John is the best-selling children's author whose books have been reprinted 20 times and translated into 40 languages. Her best-known titles are "Treasures of the Snow" and "The Tanglewoods Secret", both of which have been made into full-length films.

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