Patrick Barrett grew up on the back of a donkey. In the small village of Liscarroll, the young boy helped his family run a sanctuary for abandoned and abused donkeys. Struggling in school, Patrick only felt truly accepted in the presence of these funny, fuzzy, touching animals. It was like magic, how he and the donkeys understood each other. He became a true donkey whispererreading their body language, communicating with them in ways they could understand, and teaching himself how to speak in their distinctive calls.

But when Patrick was of age, he shipped out with the Irish Army and encountered unimaginable wartime horrors in Lebanon and Kosovo. In the aftermath, he returned home a broken man, sinking into the depths of PTSD and addictions. He believed nothing could save him. But he hadnt counted on the donkeys.

Sanctuary is the remarkable true story of how faith turned one lost mans life around with the help of the rescue animals who loved him. Its an antidote to despair and a call to hope, revealing the beauty and wonder of Ireland as youve never seen it before.


Susy Flory is a #1 New York Times best selling author or co-author of sixteen books. A graduate of UCLA, she has a background in journalism, education, and communications. She directs West Coast Christian Writers Conference, is founder of Everything Memoir, and is working on her masters degree in New Testament from Northern Seminary.

A breast cancer survivor, Susy celebrates life by chasing great stories in places like Cuba, Haiti, Turkey, Israel, and her own backyard. Shes written with celebrities, heroes of the faith, athletes, explorers, and the girl (and boy) next door She has a rescued racehorse named Stetson, and loves hiking in the High Sierras, skiing black diamond runs whenever she can, and volunteering at her local wildlife rescue center where she helps care for injured and orphaned baby squirrels.

Her most recent book. Sanctuary (Tyndale, 2022), co-authored with Patrick Barrett, is the true story of an Irish village, a man who lost his way, and the rescue donkeys that led him home. Her 2014 book, The Unbreakable Boy, with Scott LeRette, has been adapted for the screen by screenwriter Jon Gunn for the Erwin Brothers/Kingdom Story Company and will release March, 2022, from Lionsgate Studios, starring Zachary Levi.

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