Former John Day resident C.L. “Carrie” Neely has authored two recently released books about the life of St. Patrick, “The Making of a Saint” and “The Mission of a Saint.”
Neely, who now lives in Utah, said she was astonished as she separated fact from fiction in her studies of St. Patrick, who lived over 1500 years ago.
“Before researching his life, I always thought he was just another Catholic Saint with the myth of ridding Ireland of snakes,” she said.
Her first book begins the moment Patrick was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold as a slave, and her second book covers the battles Patrick fought and surprising friendships he made.
“God used Patrick to take a land, wrestling with superstition and evil, and transform it into one of unity, as he gained a foothold against the evils of the druids,” Neely said.
Both books can be found in paperback and Kindle editions and are available online at Amazon. For more information, email Neely at Carrien2u@yahoo.com.