Patricia St. John

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Patricia Mary St. John
Born 1919
Southampton, England
Died 1993
England
Occupation Writer, missionary nurse
Website
http://patriciastjohn.org.uk/

Patricia Mary St. John (1919–1993) was an English writer. She worked most of her life as a Protestant missionary nurse in Morocco. Although at first she worked with her brother in the main foreign hospital, she later spent four years manning a village clinic in a more remote area. During her time as the house mother at Clarendon school which was under her aunt, she wrote Treasures of the Snow and Tanglewood's Secret. Her later novels Star of Light and Secret of the Fourth Candle were based on her experiences in Tangiers.

Early years[edit]

Her parents, Harry and Ella St. John, had been missionaries to South America for two years. Patricia was born, the third of five children, just after they arrived back in England.[1] From her memories of a year lived in alpine Switzerland she wrote her second book, Treasures of the Snow.

Mission work[edit]

After finishing high school she became a nurse during World War II, and after the War ended was a house mother at her aunt's boarding school for a couple of years before she joined her brother, Farnham, in Tangiers, Morocco, where he was medical director of a Missions hospital. She died in the year 1993 due to heart problems.[2]

Works[edit]

St. John was known as one of the most prolific British Protestant evangelical writers of fiction in the latter part of the 20th century.[3]

Biographical[edit]

  • Man of Two Worlds: The Life of Ken Moynagh, Henry E Walter Ltd (1976) (bio of Ken Moynagh)
  • R Hudson Pope: A Biography, Patricia M St John, Scripture Union, 1967 (bio of R. Hudson Pope)
  • Until the Day Breaks: The Life and Work of Lilias Trotter, Pioneer Missionary to Muslim North Africa, OM Publishing, (1990) (bio of Lilias Trotter)
  • Harold St. John, Loizeaux Brothers; 2d ed edition (1962) (bio of her father, Harold "Harry" St. John)
  • Patricia St. John Tells Her Own Story, OM Publishing (1995) (Also published as "An Ordinary Woman's Extraordinary Faith") (autobiography)

Fiction[edit]

  • Treasures of the Snow, Scripture Union Publishing (Sept 1980)
  • The Tanglewood’s Secret, Scripture Union (1967, first published 1948)
  • Rainbow Garden, Moody Press (Jul 1995)
  • The Mystery of Pheasant Cottage, Moody Press (Jul 1995)
  • Star of Light, Moody Press (Jul 1995)
  • Where The River Begins, Victor Books (Mar 1987)
  • Three Go Searching, Moody Press, (Jul 1995)(Also published as The Secret Boat, Marshall Pickering Nov 1982)
  • The Secret Of The Fourth Candle, Moody Press (June 1981)
  • Stories to Share, Shaw (March 7, 2000)
  • Nothing Else Matters, Scripture Union (May 2007) (also published as: If You Love Me: A Story of Forgiveness)
  • The Runaway, Moody Publishers (February 8, 1985) (Also published as: The Victor)
  • I Needed A Neighbor, Scripture Union Publishing (Sept 1987) (Also published as: A Courageous Journey)
  • Twice Freed, Moody Publishers (1 Jan 1987) (Historical Fiction)
  • Friska My Friend, Scripture Union (1983, revised 2007, reprinted 2011)

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Verses' London, CSSM, 1953
  • Breath of Life: The Story of the Ruanda Mission, London: Norfolk Press, 1971
  • Would You Believe It? - You Can Grow to Know God, Marshall Pickering (Aug 1983)
  • Prayer Is An Adventure, Christian Focus Publications (March 2004)
  • Missing the Way: They Could Not Enter In (How Israel Missed God's Rest)', Harvey Christian Publishers (1999)
  • A Missionary Muses On The Creed, Pickering And Inglis (1966) (recently published as:Life Everlasting)
  • Young Person's Guide To Knowing God, Christian Focus (2000), Originally published in 1983 by Pickering and Ingals

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