The Confessions of St. Augustine: Modern English Version

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Revell, Apr 1, 2008 - Religion - 224 pages
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Confessions is one of the most moving diaries ever recorded of a man's journey to the fountain of God's grace. Writing as a sinner, not a saint, Augustine shares his innermost thoughts and conversion experiences, and wrestles with the spiritual questions that have stirred the hearts of the thoughtful since time began. Starting with his childhood in Numidia, through his youth and early adulthood in Carthage, Rome, and Milan, readers will see Augustine as a human being, a fellow traveler on the road to salvation. Though staggering around potholes and roadblocks, all will find strength in Augustine's message: when the road gets rough, look to God! Previously released in 1977, this book invites readers to join Augustine in his quest that led him to be one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the history of the church.
 

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Confessions of St Augustine

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This is an excellent book and takes the reader through the developing periods of St Augustines life from early childhood to the end. It is revealing because he is very honest and is very critical of his behavior at different stages of his life. This is an excellent book for personal development. Read full review

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I read the 'Confessions' while I was working at a large insurance company and needed spiritual inspiration -- that it certainly delivered -- big time. Like many of the greatest literary works it is so timeless that it still reads as if it were written yesterday. 'Confessions,' is an antiquated term for autobiography rather than a literal 'confession' as we would think of today. So don't be put off by the title.
It is basically the story of a rather rowdy young man from an upper-middle class or Patrician family in ancient Rome. He is literally a Pagan by inclination, lifestyle, and religious belief in polytheism. He is heedless regarding questions of morality and devotes himself to a life of pleasure. The turning point of the story is when his mother converts to the new religion of Christianity and eventually persuades her son Augustine to do the same, but not her husband who is devoted to his Pagan ways. It is a real page turner and deals with questions of morality, faith and atonement that we all confront today. And culminates with Augustine becoming a prominent force in the Church.
 

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
9
Section 3
15
Section 4
19
Section 5
25
Section 6
31
Section 7
47
Section 8
57
Section 10
93
Section 11
99
Section 12
117
Section 13
125
Section 14
133
Section 15
153
Section 16
205
Section 17
221

Section 9
77

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Augustine was born in AD 354. He lived a wild, self-destructive life as a young man in Italy and was the subject of many prayers by his worried mother, Monica. After a life-changing conversion, he lived on to become a tremendous influence on Christian thinking. He died in AD 430.

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