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Sunday Snippet: Patricia St. John – A GiveAway.

September 13th, 2009 · 27 Comments

Another Sunday Snippet and Another GiveAway. As usual I have to thank Christian Book Discounters who kindly supplied the book for this GiveAway…


A while ago I wrote a Sunday Snippet: Helping Your Kids to Read Worthy Books…
Well Patricia St. John is one of the best authors of Worthy Books for kids. These Chapter books are so gripping that they cannot be put down. They quite literally transport you into the book – ask me I glanced through this one this afternoon and didn’t move the entire afternoon until it was done!!! I totally loved it. All her books are unputdownable and quite honestly the sort of books you have to revisit from time to time because the characters are so real that you feel like you have become friends with them. This week I am giving away her book, Rainbow Garden:


The story is about a young girl, Elaine, living with her socialite mum in London. Her mum sends her to live with a pastor and his family of six kids in the Welsh countryside, when she gets a job in France. Elaine feels totally abandoned and arrives as a child used to being served in a chaotic larger family where she is expected to serve!!! While she is there she encounters a number of adventures. I love how she fits in with the family and her joyful discoveries in the countryside. I know if I read this to my kids they would be absolutely gripped and there would be cries for more and more. Don’t think because this book has a young girl as the main character it is a “girls” book, my boys would be just as gripped by the story – which has no trace of flimsiness in it.

A couple of years ago I read Patricia St. Johns biography, and she was such a remarkable woman that her story literally stuck with me:


What an amazing life she had, you can read excerpts from her biography if you follow this link. She was a child of missionary parents and in a time, long before it was fashionable, she traveled to Morocco with her brother where they worked together. Later she went to live in a remote village where she lived alongside the people, she welcomed local children into her home and witnessed to them. Her life was really quite an amazing example to all of us. She didn’t just say we should spread the gospel to the far corners of the globe, she actually did it! She was a living example of a Christian Hero and her light shines through in her books that she has written for children.

Get your hands on her biography it is a brilliant read! And in the meantime enter the GiveAway to win one of her great and worthy books for children.

The GiveAway works in the usual way, comment before the end of this coming Friday, 18 September 2009, and I will draw and publish the winner next week on Sunday! – I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.

Our GiveAway Books are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you!

Good luck and get commenting!

Post Script: I got this comment after I had posted, from Kingsley Press, you may want to follow the link.

“Many of Patricia’s books can be purchased from our web site at Patricia St. John Books. I knew her personally and am still in touch with her family. We at Kingsley Press re-published her biography (the one pictured above). Just thought I would let your readers know of a good source for her books. We try to stock everything in print by her.”

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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Linda B // Sep 14, 2009 at 12:44 am

    This sounds great! I am going to have to see if our church library has any of her books.

  • 2 Taryn // Sep 14, 2009 at 12:46 am

    ooohh – me! me! pick me! We’re HUGE Patricia fans 🙂

    We’ve got a CBD giveaway running over at the Happenings too … check it out:

    Maybe YOU can win for a change 😉

  • 3 Beth S // Sep 14, 2009 at 3:39 am

    This book looks absolutly wonderful!! Her books have been on my to read list for awhile – now I’m inspired. I’m going to check out our library too.

  • 4 Tami Cox // Sep 14, 2009 at 4:22 am

    This sounds like a great book series. Hope to see a new little hood this week! Rest up.

  • 5 Carrie // Sep 14, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Thanks for the great tip on a wonderful author. I am getting excited as my kids are learning to read and want to offer good books to them.

  • 6 LindaOz // Sep 14, 2009 at 6:11 am

    The Patricia M St John bio sounds really good. I will have to try and get hold of that one.

  • 7 Jenny in Ca // Sep 14, 2009 at 6:26 am

    I have seen her books around, but haven’t read any yet, she sounds fascinating!

    (including my blog because for some reason I can never sign into google comments the right way…)

  • 8 Sue // Sep 14, 2009 at 7:13 am

    We’re reading ‘The Tanglewood Secret’ at the moment (my copy from my childhood!) and loving it. I can also recommend her biography – an amazing book! I love the way her stories show how God can work profoundly in the lives of children, saving and changing them.

  • 9 Johanna // Sep 14, 2009 at 7:37 am

    this book sounds good! I’m always looking for worthy books for my kids. I’m glad I found your website.

  • 10 kelly // Sep 14, 2009 at 8:17 am

    We love her books. One of my kids made a commitment after we read Star of Light, 7 years ago.

  • 11 Hazel // Sep 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks so much for the tip – will certainly look out for any of her books! With so much rubbish out there it is always so good to hear of wonderful, Godly literature to tantalise and inspire our littlies! Much strength for the final straight before Hood 8!

  • 12 debbie // Sep 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I’d also like to read one/some of her books, have heard a lot about them but not read any yet.

  • 13 Delene // Sep 14, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Sounds like a great author…. would love to win her book.

  • 14 Kate // Sep 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Hey there, I read your blog all the time but this is my first comment! Looks like a great book.

  • 15 Wanda // Sep 14, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I would absolutely love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

  • 16 Cilla // Sep 14, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I read Rainbow Garden as a child… and loved it
    “in they presence is fulness of joy” … I remember that bit of it!!
    Would love to have a chance to re-read it.

  • 17 Amanda Carmen // Sep 14, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I recently found your site, and have really enjoyed it. I didn’t notice you did giveaways, and am glad I came to read today. We LOVE reading. And I am always looking for awesome books for our family. I can’t wait to see who wins!

  • 18 S // Sep 15, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I would love to read this book and would love to win it!

  • 19 Jo // Sep 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Count me in :o)

  • 20 Margie // Sep 15, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    I loved her biography – must get hold of it again! Likewise the children’s books are marvellous: they haven’t dated either!

  • 21 Deb // Sep 17, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    the book sounds fab – great to have good stories with solid values. Also my first comment like Kate. Love all your inspiration about family life!

  • 22 Sharon // Sep 17, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    I just added this to our library want list for our next weekly visit! Thanks for the recommendations.

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