The Books

I’m a writer. Here are some of my books.

The Charlatan’s Boy is scheduled to come out on October 5, 2010, published by Waterbrook Press. Here’s the description from the publisher’s website:

As far back as he can remember, the orphan Grady has tramped from village to village in the company of a huckster named Floyd. With his adolescent accomplice, Floyd perpetrates a variety of hoaxes and flimflams on the good citizens of the Corenwald frontier, such as the Ugliest Boy in the World act.

It’s a hard way to make a living, made harder by the memory of fatter times when audiences thronged to see young Grady perform as “The Wild Man of the Feechiefen Swamp.” But what can they do? Nobody believes in feechies anymore.

When Floyd stages an elaborate plot to revive Corenwalders’ belief in the mythical swamp-dwellers known as the feechiefolk, he overshoots the mark. Floyd’s Great Feechie Scare becomes widespread panic. Eager audiences become angry mobs, and in the ensuing chaos, the Charlatan’s Boy discovers the truth that has evaded him all his life—and will change his path forever.

The adventures in the island kingdom of Corenwald began with the Wilderking Trilogy. The Bark of the Bog Owl (2004), The Secret of the Swamp King (2005), and The Way of the Wilderking (2006) tell the story of young Aidan, a shepherd boy who hears from a prophet that he is the long-prophesied Wilderking, a wild man who will come from the forests and swamps to ascend the throne and set things right in Corenwald. But Aidan isn’t a wild man. He’s civilized–a little too civilized, in his own estimation. The trilogy takes Aidan into the swamp, where he runs into the feechiefolk, a tribe of wild swamp dwellers who fight too much, cry too easily, and laugh too hard at their own jokes.

Saint Patrick was born the son of privilege and position, but he was only a teenager when he was taken from his home in Roman Britain by marauders and sold into slavery in Ireland. Despite his terrible circumstances, young Patrick did not give way to despair. As he worked as a shepherd in the pastures of his new owner, he kindled the faith he’dg inherited from his family and eventually escaped to freedom. Then, after returning home, he experienced a dream that changed everything: God wanted him to go back and take the gospel to the country of his captors.

Patrick heeded the call. Both humble enough to minister to beggars and bold enough to confront kings, Patrick led the Irish through his brave and compassionate service into the Christian faith and baptized thousands. Separating the many myths from the facts, Jonathan Rogers weaves a wonder-filled tale of courage, barbarism, betrayal, and hope in God’s unceasing fraithfulness. Countless miracles have been attributed to Saint Patrick, but perhaps one of the simples and most amazing is that he won the hearts and souls of the same fierce and indomitable people who had enslaved him.