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The Confessions of St. Augustine | [Saint Augustine]

The Confessions of St. Augustine

Saint Augustine's contributions to Christian theology are second to no other post-apostolic author in the whole sweep of church history. Yet along side his doctrinal treatises, Augustine tells a story of his life devoted to Christ as his only satisfaction. The Confessions is at once the autobiographical account of Augustine's life of Christian faith and at the same time a compelling theology of Christian spirituality for everyone.
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Saint Augustine's contributions to Christian theology are second to no other post-apostolic author in the whole sweep of church history. Yet along side his doctrinal treatises, Augustine tells a story of his life devoted to Christ as his only satisfaction.

The Confessions is at once the autobiographical account of Augustine's life of Christian faith and at the same time a compelling theology of Christian spirituality for everyone. Among the most important classics in Western literature, it continues to engage modern readers through Augustine's timeless illustrations and beautiful prose.

Augustine's Confessions is a work to relish the first time through and then profoundly enjoy over a lifetime of revisiting.

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    "Impressions on first listening to the book."

    This is my first detailed "reading" of any work by St. Augustine, and while the language is somewhat archaic, it is relatively easy to follow. After the first few minutes, the style issue faded into the background for me and I felt myself getting into the flow of the arguments. Worth listening to and thinking about. However, you must be able to allow yourself to accept, if only for the sake of argument, the authors Christian basis for the book. If you reject that basis, and are not willing to at least try to follow his line of reasoning, then I could see how you would get little out of it. The tone, style and pronunciation of the reader (Simon Vance) definitely adds a positive aspect to the audio book. I will have to listen to the entire work several times to extract the full value of this book.

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    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 02-21-12
    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Confessions and Philosophy of St. Augustine"
    What did you love best about The Confessions of St. Augustine?

    Augustine's personal accounts of his struggles with desire and his coming to the faith have wonderful lessons for any Christian protestant or catholic.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    To tell the truth I've attempted several times to sit down and read The Confessions, but always found myself unable to process the language. Mr Vance actually succeeds in making the language sound natural and easy to follow. I found myself easily comprehending and actually enjoying this archaic language. Fantastic performance!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Augustine isn't shy about sharing his heart with the reader, I found myself sympathizing with him, even crying sometimes as his accounts inspired remembrances of my own failures.


    Any additional comments?

    The Confessions, in addition to being an account of Augustine's life and conversion, is also at times a philosophical treatise. Because of this, some parts may be difficult to follow while driving.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    I read this during Lent every year. It is a wonderful way to spend time listening to St. Augustine talk about his life's struggles and pray to find the right way.

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    "Classic with some difficult language"
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    Great book and it shows St. Augustine's love for God. The language took some time to get use to and really the only difficult parts were in the last books where he writes about the aspects of God. It was challenging to wrap my head around it and follow his thoughts.

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    "The Confessions of St. Augustine"

    What a boring BORING BORING account. Poorly presented. I know the history should be engaging, but this account is a waste of money and time!

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    "Anyone interested in religion needs to read this."

    Forget Dawkins, Harris, Hitchins, McGrath or Swinburne. Most of the questions and answers to issues of religious faith are in here. Read this, City of God and Summa Theologicae (Aquinas) and you'll see how trivial most modern popular discussion is. There is nothing new under the Sun! Well read and a worthwhile listen.

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