The Confessions

Paperback | September 14, 2008

bySaint AugustineTranslated byHenry Chadwick

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In this new translation the brilliant and impassioned descriptions of Augustine's colourful early life are conveyed to the English reader with accuracy and art. Augustine tells of his wrestlings to master his sexual drive, his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of high power at the imperial court of Milan, and his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage as he recovered the faith that his mother had taught him. Itwas in a Milan garden that Augustine finally achieved the act of will to Christian conversion, which he compared to a lazy man in bed finally deciding it is time to get up and face the day.

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In this new translation the brilliant and impassioned descriptions of Augustine's colourful early life are conveyed to the English reader with accuracy and art. Augustine tells of his wrestlings to master his sexual drive, his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of high power at the imperial court of...

Henry Chadwick, former Master, Peterhouse, Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.67 inPublished:September 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199537828

ISBN - 13:9780199537822

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Amazing read with so many lessons to be learned! It is a very deep read so it does take patience and time in reading it
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A truly great memoir! I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Confessions of Saint Augustine'. It was emotionally moving, thought provoking and spiritually powerful, and it made me ask several questions about my own life. It enlightened me on several important aspects of the Cristian faith, such as the dangers of only focusing on the material world. It really succeeded in being an effective memoir, because Saint Augustine gives us a story that we can relate to- he is us. We are all sinners, and we can learn a lot from his journey. He writes in such a personal, honest, and yet powerful way that I couldn't help but be entranced. His memoir is filled with provocative self discovery. He provides plenty of insight into his religious and philosophical ideas throughout the narrative, and does so in a way that convinces us the readers as well as himself. We see him question the ways of other religions he once believed in, and then slowly discover the truth behind Christian teachings. He provides memorable and powerful discourses to get his point across. It effectively portrays the drama of a soul at war with itself- his hesitation as he stands on the brink of conversion with only his bodily appetites holding him back and whispering is especially memorable. The drama as he renounces the evil of his former ways is used with shocking ferocity, and his enlightened joy as he slowly discovers the true path to happiness in God is very moving. His emotions set him apart from a lot of the other Christian theologians. This dramatic writing style makes him all the more human in our eyes. The story has some of the most interesting character development I have ever read about. We follow Augustine as he goes from a great sinner to a great saint. This greatness is all the more admirable as it is achieved against such great odds. We start with someone who only cares about worldly things and commits all kinds of horrible things, and we watch him transform. It is very interesting to see him one by one renounce his sins and change from his bad habits as he realizes they are wrong, and then transform his deeds into the deeds of someone who does all that he does to serve something better than just material things- God. It is a character journey that I hope I can make as well. All in all, 'The Confessions of Saint Augustine' is a very well written memoir and very effective in its morals. I have learned a lot from it, and I hope the knowledge Augustine has given me through his personal story will aid me in becoming a better person. This book joins the likes of 'The Divine Comedy' as one of my favourite Christian stories. I highly recommend it. It will be very helpful to anyone in search of truths.
Date published: 2013-10-07

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'It is a great pleasure to welcome a translation of the Confessions from one who is both a scholar and a lover of Augustine. There is a concise but very informative introduction, and a bibliography which will be extremely helpfull to the students who wants to read some of the work ofAugustine's contemporaries in extenso. The translation itself is clear and accessible ... of available English version, this offers the most comprehensive identification of scriptural allusions in the text.'Rowan Williams, Journal of Theological Studies, Volume 44, No. 1, April 1993