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Patricia St. John

Updated on April 27, 2013

Patricia St. John - Prolific Writer

Patricia St. John's children's books have been extremely popular with generations of kids. Her first book, The Tanglewood's Secret, was written as an entry in a writing contest at the suggestion of her sister. It was a simple story she had written for children she knew, and she never dreamed that it would be picked up by a publisher and that it would bless thousands of children around the world.

It was my privilege to meet Patricia several years before she went to Heaven. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. I also knew her sister, Hazel, who has also now gone to Heaven. It was also my privilege to get to know her sister-in-law, Janet St. John.

This lens will be mostly about her books, two of which I have reprinted and which you can purchase on my online store or on (see below).

Patricia's Autobiography: Telling Her Own Story

In 1993, Patricia wrote her autobiography. It's a thrilling account of her life from childhood right up to the sunset years. Probably the part you will find most interesting is the account of her early years in Morocco trying to find an inroad into the hearts of the predominantly muslim people. She had several things against her. First, she was alone. Second, she was a woman in a male-dominated society. And third, she was introducing a strange religion. But she had one major factor in her favor: God! You'll be gripped by the stories she tells of those early years and how God used her abilities as a nurse to slowly gain trust among the people.

Several years ago I discovered that this book was out of print. I contacted the publisher and they said there were no plans to reprint, but they didn't want to give up their rights to the book (Patricia had signed a contract which gave them exclusive rights for a certain number of years, and that time wasn't up yet).

However, I continued to contact them and ask for the right to publish, and they finally graciously allowed Kinglsley Press to print. it. I hired an artist to design a cover, retypeset the whole thing myself, incorporated previously unprinted photographs graciously loaned by her Patricia's sister-in-law, and sent it to the printer. And the rest, as they say, is history. Now YOU can get your hands on this great book.

Buy Patricia St. John Tells Her Own Story (or read sample chapters).

Her First Book: The Tanglewood's Secret

As related above, this book is the one that gave Patricia her start and launched her writing career. It's a delightful book which tells the story of Philip and Ruth, 10 and 8, who are staying with their rather strict Aunt Margaret in the south of England while their parents are overseas during the late 1940's. In a struggle to learn to overcome her fiery temper and selfish spirit, Ruth is led to the discovery of a very important Shepherd who can and does teach her (and others) how to be good. The story contains beautiful and uplifting examples of what can happen when we let ourselves be found by Him.

Buy The Tanglewoods Secret

The Tanglewoods' Secret DVD - A Delightful Family Film

The Tanglewoods' Secret has been made into a full length film. Watch the short trailer below to get a taster of what's in store on this great DVD.

Her Best Known Book: Treasures of the Snow

In her teenage years, Patricia spent some time in the Swiss Alps. It was these snow-capped mountains that gave Patricia the setting for a book about forgiveness. The story centers around Annette, who feels she can never forgive Lucien, a neighboring boy, for causing her young brother, Danny, to fall down a precipice and break his leg. Annette goes out of her way to make sure everyone else hates Lucien, too. But then some surprising things start to happen to both of them. In the end, hatred and bitterness give way to forgiveness and friendship.

Years after the book was published, a film was made. This is now available in DVD format and continues to be a favorite for Christian families.

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Treasures of the Snow Film on DVD - Full Length Film Now Available on DVD

Patricia St. John's best-selling book Treasures of the Snow has also been made into a full length film. Watch a two minute trailer of the movie in the YouTube video below.

Rainbow Garden

Really cool story for kids....

This neat little story about a self-centered, stuck-up, spoiled city girl who undergoes an amazing transformation during a prolonged stay in the country with a Christian family is a good example of the ease with which Patricia St. John could weave basic Christian truths into a captivating story. Adults enjoy this story as much as the children they read it with. Though first published over forty years ago, the book still appeals to today's children. The simple but believable conversion story is bound to have an impact on their young minds.

Buy Rainbow Garden online

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      EdwardCook 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Michelle,

      We sell the revised versions because those are what is in print. We are not the publishers of most of Patricia's children's books, rather Moody Press in Chicago is. We either sell those or none. It's my understanding that Mary Mills was a friend of the family and that the revisions took place with their full approval and blessing. I'm not sure of the exact nature of the changes that were made, but I am confident that they were done with a pure and sincere desire to make the books more accessible to today's children, NOT with the purpose of watering down Patricia's message.

      Edward Cook

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Why do you sell the revised versions of St John's books on your website? I, and many other homeschoolers I'm sure, would pay more to have the originals available. And so I continue to scour eBay for the originals...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When an eight year old boy I discovered Enid Blyton, and borrowed many of her books from family friends. Many years later we were discussing Blyton, and I remarked that though I had read many of her stories I could only remember one, with great vividness. Surprise surprise --it was not written by Blyton! It was "The Tanglewoods Secret." But the best is "Treasures of the Snow."

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia and her sister Hazel when I went to Canley Evangelical church in Canley West Midlands. She would take us strawberry picking and then she would sit in the car and write her next work. Often she would go to her sister in laws house and in the back room write her marvelous books. Her sister Hazel taught me French and Patricia would often make us tea. How lucky I was.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i first read these amazing books over fifty years ago when I received them at different times as prizes at Sunday School Anniversaries. I have shared the love of these books and now DVDs with my children and grandchildren. They are timeless and have such a good story and positive message of God and His love.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love the selection of Patricia ST John books they are so amazing . I love the stoy that she tells in the book they are like the characters are me and it has changed my life. I am only 11 years oldbut it has a great imput on me when i read one of her books. my friend buys them me for my birthday or christmas and i can never wait to get them.