"God is our home but many of us have strayed from our native land. The venerable authors of these Spiritual Classics are expert guides--may we follow their directions home." --Archbishop Desmond TutuWriting in the last years of the fourth century a.d., Saint Augustine of Hippo created what is at... show more
"God is our home but many of us have strayed from our native land. The venerable authors of these Spiritual Classics are expert guides--may we follow their directions home." --Archbishop Desmond TutuWriting in the last years of the fourth century a.d., Saint Augustine of Hippo created what is at once the first true autobiography in Western literature and among the most sophisticated yet accessible theological arguments in the history of Christianity. With extraordinary candor and psychological acumen, Augustine recounts his passage from a life of sensuality, Manichaean superstition, and empty careerism to a genuine spiritual awakening, and he articulates views on marriage, morality, and faith that have shaped our discourse ever since. The Confessions allows us to appreciate both the startling modernity of Augustine's insights and the imperishable poetry of his voice. With a new Preface by MacArthur Fellow Patricia Hampl, author of Virgin Time and A Romantic Education.In the annals of spirituality, certain books stand out both for their historical importance and for their continued relevance. The Vintage Spiritual Classics series offers the greatest of these works in authoritative new editions, with specially commissioned essays by noted contemporary commentators. Filled with eloquence and fresh insight, encouragement and solace, Vintage Spiritual Classics are incomparable resources for all readers who seek a more substantive understanding of mankind's relation to the divine.
Publish date: December 29th 1998
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
Saint Augustine, at heart, is a theologian, and the problem I find with most theologians is that much of their work tends to be dry and academic, and Saint Augustine is no exception. However in his Confessions we encounter a completely different side, at least in the first nine books. Saint Augustin...
Took me a long time to read this one; I think I've been too heavy on the classics-side of my reading list, and I'm getting burned on classics.Hmm... first of all, "of Hippo"... how awesome! I want that as a last name.Okay, on the whole, an interesting conversion story to read. Augustine is a thinker...
My second time reading this book. As a non-believer reading about Saints may not seem an obvious multiple reading choice to some. For a long time I've been fascinated by St. Augustine, his struggles and his thoughts on time, evolution and the Bible. This is the type of book to read slowly and mull o...
Augustine was a lusty fellow. A trait he considered one of his major flaws and one he struggled for most of his life to suppress. In what must have been sensationalist terms at the time, and given his position in the Church, he describes his path from skilled rhetorician to Manichean to Catholic. ...
Up to four stars now. Augustine was a cool dude. His views on music were sorta dumb but everyone's allowed to say one stupid thing in their lives, I suppose.