On the Road With Saint Augustine
★ Publishers Weekly starred review This is not a book about Saint Augustine. In a way, it's a book Augustine has written about each of us. Popular speaker and award-winning author James K. A. Smith has spent...
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★ Publishers Weekly starred review
This is not a book about Saint Augustine. In a way, it's a book Augustine has written about each of us. Popular speaker and award-winning author James K. A. Smith has spent time on the road with Augustine, and he invites us to take this journey too, for this ancient African thinker knows far more about us than we might expect.
Following Smith's successful You Are What You Love, this book shows how Augustine can be a pilgrim guide to a spirituality that meets the complicated world we live in. Augustine, says Smith, is the patron saint of restless hearts--a guide who has been there, asked our questions, and knows our frustrations and failed pursuits. Augustine spent a lifetime searching for his heart's true home and he can help us find our way. "What makes Augustine a guide worth considering," says Smith, "is that he knows where home is, where rest can be found, what peace feels like, even if it is sometimes ephemeral and elusive along the way." Addressing believers and skeptics alike, this book shows how Augustine's timeless wisdom speaks to the worries and struggles of contemporary life, covering topics such as ambition, sex, friendship, freedom, parenthood, and death. As Smith vividly and colorfully brings Augustine to life for 21st-century readers, he also offers a fresh articulation of Christianity that speaks to our deepest hungers, fears, and hopes.
James K. A. Smith (Ph.D., University of Villanova) is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously he taught at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He is editor of In the Twilight of Western Thought in the Collected Works of Herman Dooyeweerd, and he has written numerous articles on philosophy and religion, and has a remarkable grasp of Post-modern hermeneutics and interpretation.
This is reflected in his publications Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church (Church and Postmodern Culture Series: Baker Academic, 2006); Jacques Derrida: Live Theory (Continuum, 2005), Introducing Radical Orthodoxy: Mapping a Post-Secular Theology (Baker Academic Press, 2004). Speech and Theology: Language and the Logic of Incarnation (Radical Orthodoxy Series: Routledge, 2002); Letters to a Young Calvinist: An Invitation to the Reformed Tradition (Bakerbooks, 2010) and The Fall of Interpretation: Philosophical Foundations for a Creational Hermeneutic (InterVarsity Press, 2000).
He is preparing four volumes The Violence of Finitude: Derrida and the Logic of Determination; Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Learning and the Formation of Radical Disciples; The Devil Reads Derrida - and Other Essays on the University, the Church, Politics, and the Arts and Thinking in Tongues: Elements of a Pentecostal Worldview (Pentecostal Manifestos Series; Eerdmans, 2008).
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- <b>★</b> <b><i>publishers Weekly</i></b> <b>starred Review</b><br> <br> This Is Not A Book About Saint Augustine. In A Way, It's A Book Augustine Has Written About Each Of Us. Popular Speaker And Award-winning Author James K. A. Smith Has Spent Time On The Road With Augustine, And He Invites Us To Take This Journey Too, For This Ancient African Thinker Knows Far More About Us Than We Might Expect.<br> <br> Following Smith's Successful <i>you Are What You Love</i>, This Book Shows How Augustine Can Be A Pilgrim Guide To A Spirituality That Meets The Complicated World We Live In. Augustine, Says Smith, Is The Patron Saint Of Restless Hearts--a Guide Who Has Been There, Asked Our Questions, And Knows Our Frustrations And Failed Pursuits. Augustine Spent A Lifetime Searching For His Heart's True Home And He Can Help Us Find Our Way. "what Makes Augustine A Guide Worth Considering," Says Smith, "is That He Knows Where Home Is, Where Rest Can Be Found, What Peace Feels Like, Even If It Is Sometimes Ephemeral And Elusive Along The Way." Addressing Believers And Skeptics Alike, This Book Shows How Augustine's Timeless Wisdom Speaks To The Worries And Struggles Of Contemporary Life, Covering Topics Such As Ambition, Sex, Friendship, Freedom, Parenthood, And Death. As Smith Vividly And Colorfully Brings Augustine To Life For 21st-century Readers, He Also Offers A Fresh Articulation Of Christianity That Speaks To Our Deepest Hungers, Fears, And Hopes.