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The Confessions of St. Augustine [Kindle Edition]

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St. Augustine of Hippo's famous autobiography, as translated by Edward Bouverie Pusey.

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  • Print Length: 410 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002DR31CC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing March 13, 2011
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I first came across St. Augustine's "Confessions" when I was a freshman in college. It was a monumental experience in terms of both the content of his writing and the freshness and relevance of his writing style. After re-reading them again recently, I am still struck with how contemporary the book feels. Aside from many of its 4th century particularities, the concerns that St. Augustine had and the way he frankly and honestly dealt with them could be lifted from almost any contemporary tell-all autobiography. The biggest exception is the fact that "Confessions" is a quintessentially and irreducibly a religious text, and in an age when religious considerations are largely pushed towards the margins of their life stories, it is refreshing and uplifting to see what would a life look like for someone who took them very seriously and committed himself to reorganizing one's whole life around the idea of serving God wholly and uncompromisingly. "Confessions" is a very accessible text, and for the most part it does not deal with theological and philosophical issues. The exception is the latter part of the book, which are almost exclusively dedicated to those topics. You may want to skip those at the first reading, but I would encourage you to read them nevertheless. Maybe the very inspiring and uplifting story of St. Augustine's conversion to Christianity can lead you into deeper considerations about your faith or the meaning of life in general. I cannot think of a better introduction to those topics than "Confessions," nor of a better guide than St. Augustine.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual and Literary Classic Recommended to All July 25, 2011
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The Confessions of St. Augustine is one of the most important literary and spiritual classics in Western civilization. It is a profound and brilliant spiritual autobiography in which Augustine paints a picture of himself, "warts and all." Augustine's honesty about himself is matched by the beauty of his expression, but what is most moving about The Confessions is Augustine's engagement with God. Throughout, you see a soul which God is drawing to Himself, as well as a soul that gradually responds to the grace of God in its life. "The Confessions" is a rare book written by a towering intellect that is matched with a searching and probing heart. The psychological aspects of the book seeming startling contemporary - and not like a book from the 5th century! "The Confessions" is a book that may be read as devotional literature, autobiography, theology, and literature.

As Augustine discovered, "our heart is unquiet until it rests in you."

Actually, The Confessions are addressed to God, and this gives them a sense of immediacy and intimacy, as if God has been watching over Augustine his entire life. One of the most compelling aspects of The Confessions is that we are able to see the gradual conversion of St. Augustine's heart. His isn't an instantaneous conversion, as conversions are often portrayed, but a series of steps on the path to God. Along the way we are privileged to experience with Augustine some of the turning points in his spiritual pilgrimage. One of these is the famous story in which Augustine hears a voice say, "Pick it up and read," provoking him to read Romans 13:13-14, after which light flooded his heart and his face was peaceful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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(As a preface, I state that this review was done originally for Frank Sheed's translation of the Confessions, which I consider the best. It is that translation used here for all quotations. However, I wanted to supply a positive review also for this audio version, which I own, which does have limitations as stated by other reviewers, since Sheed's translation has not yet been found in audio. I believe any introduction to Augustine is a step in the right direction.)

Sacred Scripture gives us persons like the prophet Isaiah, who cry out, "Woe is me, I am doomed!" He knows he is a sinner, especially realizing that he is in the presence of God. Saint Paul tells us "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost." Peter, in the gospel, falls on his knees in front of Jesus exclaiming, "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man." What the three have in common is not simply that they acknowledged their sinfulness. In doing so they began the process of becoming great people, eventually saints. Acknowledging our sins & sinfulness is therefore not a morbid exercise in futility. It is the beginning of true self-understanding. It is an invitation to greatness!

St. Augustine was also one of these. Early on in the "Confessions," he recalls when he was an adolescent that he stole pears, not to eat (he had better himself), but only for the sake of stealing, saying the only pleasure in doing it was that it was forbidden: "the malice of the act was base and I loved it--that is to say ... I loved the evil in me--not the thing for which I did evil, simply the evil" (Book 2, 4).
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A classic and I'm so glad it's in modern English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Translation
It does not water down the content of the book, but I will dare to say that it enhances it. This is an excellent book, a classic that I find myself going back to, over and over. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Borincana
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with insight, reads like scripture; inspired my faith journey
I really enjoyed this book. I felt as though I were worshiping, studying philosophy and theology, and gaining a fuller context for western thought.
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This is the book that shaped the world of Christianity. His theology is still a force that many thinkers base their theological thought on, helping us to understand the message of... Read more
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Thank you for presenting this modernized edition of St. Augustine's confessions. I appreciate having this on my Kindle, and it was free!
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Confessions is great!! -- just find a different edition than this...
Augustine's "Confessions" is one of the greatest writings of Christian literature outside the Bible, perhaps the greatest. Read more
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Not an easy read but has deep theological thoughts and ideas. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to increase their spirituality.
Published 8 months ago by Andreas Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Augustine--Yes!
Timeless truth.. Augustine is one of those few who can express the inner workings of the heart in ways that encourage others to godliness.
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