You know him as the rotund merry-maker in the red suit. Butset aside the childhood myth. In this portrait, you'll encounter the true St. Nicholas, a figure revered for his astonishing miracles and a humility thatredirected all attention to God's glory. You'll be amazed to find St. Nicholasalways turning up at just the right time-rescuing sailors from the certaindeath of a violent sea, saving three young women from a life of prostitution,and guarding an infant from the burns of a boiling bath.A tireless defender of God's truth and His people, St. Nicholas's wonderful and mysterious deeds illustrate, time and again, a heartfor the weak, the poor, and the endangered-truly "the patron saint ofpractically everybody" and one of the most fascinating figures in all ofChristian history.We learn about life through the lives of others. Their experiences,their trials, their adventures become our schools, our chapels, our playgrounds. Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers,highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church through proseas accessible and concise as it is personal and engaging. Some are familiar faces. Others are unexpected guests. Whether the person is D.L. Moody, Sergeant York, SaintNicholas, John Bunyan, or William F. Buckley, we are now living in the worldthat they created and understand both it and ourselves better in the light oftheir lives. Their relationships, struggles, prayers, and desires uniquelyilluminate our shared experience.

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