Confessions of Saint Augustine (Pure Gold Classics Series)
Augustine's vivid descriptions of his struggles with temptation and his passionate love of God seem as full of life as if they had been written yesterday. Lively narrative and colourful anecdotes are interspersed with passages of great poetry in praise...
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Augustine's vivid descriptions of his struggles with temptation and his passionate love of God seem as full of life as if they had been written yesterday. Lively narrative and colourful anecdotes are interspersed with passages of great poetry in praise of God. In the process of describing his own very human failings, Augustine also gives advice on how to live the Christian life. His view that happiness is not to be found in transitory physical pleasure, but in searching for the truth beyond the material world, is more than ever relevant today.
Written in 397 A.D., Confessions is the autobiography of Augustine of Hippo, a moving and profound record of a human soul and its struggles toward salvation. The most widely read of all his works, it not only tells the story of Augustine's struggle in the faith, but also his love for Jesus Christ.
Confessions will speak to your heart about human weakness, human frailty, human temptations, and the need we all have for the graces of a holy God. This classic is an exercise in self-knowledge and true humility in the atmosphere of grace and reconciliation. Augustine's journey from sinner to saint is one many have travelled, maybe even you.
Written in 397 A.D., St. Augustine's classic, Confessions, reveals the innermost thoughts and struggles of a soul converting from selfishness and pleasure-seeking to a life of love for God.
Saint Augustine was born to a Catholic mother and a pagan father on November 13, 354, at Tagasta, near Algiers. He studied Latin literature and later taught rhetoric in Rome and Milan. He originally joined the Manicheans, a religious sect, but grew unhappy with some of their philosophies. He soon turned to Christianity and was baptized in 386. One of Augustine's major goals was a single, unified church. He was ordained a priest in 391 and appointed Bishop of Hippo, in Roman Africa, in 396, His writings and arguments with other sects include the Donatists and the Pelagians. On the Trinity, The City of God, and On Nature and Grace are some of his important writings. Confessions, which is considered his masterpiece, is an autobiographical work that recounts his restless youth and details the spiritual experiences that led him to Christianity. Many of Augustine's ideas, such as those concerning sin and predestination, became integral to the doctrines of the Church. Augustine died on August 28, 430AD.