Written by Saint Augustine of Hippo, Confessions is the saint's autobiography that features 13 books that detail his early life and his conversion to Christianity as a result of the sin that he had incurred in his youth. Throughout the series, he also delivers his philosophical ponderings and ideas on theology, and it becomes evident that each event that has occurred in his life has had something to do with religion, as Saint Augustine is able to bridge the connections between these two very important topics. His sinful ways, he explains, came to an end when he traveled to Milan, where he realized for the first time that Catholicism would be the answer to his seemingly interminable quest to find freedom from sin.
While the first three quarters of the book detail his youth and his journey toward God, the last quarter of the book is really his attempt to encourage people to follow in his path. He aims to inspire all who hear Confessions and convince them that though they may have sinned in their lives, they can always make a return to God. Saint Augustine closes with a very thought-out and detailed analysis of Genesis and the Holy Trinity.
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The Confessions of St. Augustine is the autobiography of Saint Augustine of Hippo, which details his conversion to Christianity. Through his philosophical ponderings and thoughts on ideology, it is clear that many of the events in Saint Augustine’s life tie back to many ideals and values found in Christianity. Saint Augustine provides readers with many great insights into the nature of sin and the ability to be reborn in Christianity.
For anyone interested in the history of the Christian church, this book is a must read. Not only will readers and listeners learn a lot about the early days of Christianity, but many of Saint Augustine’s life lessons can be transferred to present day, meaning that each read or listen will bring new things to learn.
Because this book is written in “Old English”, listening to the audio is highly recommended rather than simply reading it, which can be quite challenging. The proper enunciation of the narrator helps to communicate Saint Augustine’s ideals the way it was intended to, ideals that are important to anyone who follows the Christian faith.
David McCallion really does a wonderful job not only with his dictation but also his pace, and pronunciation of words making the text easier to understand, which is key when reading a text that has this much history behind it. Overall this is a great book to add to your collection and a very delightful listen.
I absolutely love this book. A great narrator. True insight into the nature of sin and regeneration. Would recommend this to anyone willing to become accustomed to the old English. Go in with a dictionary.
I will listen to this over and over. So many profound lessons and key`s to unlock oneself from the mire of sin.
Very well read by him. It comes to life and you can feel the words, and one speaking.
Those who complain that the english is difficult need to grow up. You're not reading "See Spot Run", the subject matter is profound, and deserves to be expressed with profound language. If your mind isn't capable of grasping the language, you're certainly not capable of grasping the content. This book isn't for you.
"really hard to follow the literary style ."
struggled to finish it. Old English translation that was not helped by Augustine's literary style.
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