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The Confessions of X

Suzanne M Wolfe
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Winner of the Christianity Today 2017 Book Award!

Before he became a father of the Christian Church, Augustine of Hippo loved a woman whose name has been lost to history. This is her story.

She met Augustine in Carthage when she was seventeen. She was the poor daughter of a mosaic-layer; he was a promising student and heir to a fortune. His brilliance and passion intoxicated her, but his social class would be forever beyond her reach. She became his concubine, and by the time he was forced to leave her, she was thirty years old and the mother of his son. And his Confessions show us that he never forgot her. She was the only woman he ever loved.

In a society in which classes rarely mingle on equal terms, and an unwed mother can lose her son to the burgeoning career of her ambitious lover, this anonymous woman was a first-hand witness to Augustine's anguished spiritual journey from secretive religious cultist to the celebrated Bishop of Hippo.

Giving voice to one of history's most mysterious women, The Confessions of X tells the story of Augustine of Hippo's nameless lover, their relationship before his famous conversion, and her life after his rise to fame. A tale of womanhood, faith, and class at the end of antiquity, The Confessions of X is more than historical fiction ... it is a timeless story of love and loss in the shadow of a theological giant.



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Winner of the Christianity Today 2017 Book Award!

Before he became a father of the Christian Church, Augustine of Hippo loved a woman whose name has been lost to history. This is her story.

She met Augustine in Carthage when she was seventeen. She was the poor daughter of a mosaic-layer; he was a promising student and heir to a fortune. His brilliance and passion intoxicated her, but his social class would be forever beyond her reach. She became his concubine, and by the time he was forced to leave her, she was thirty years old and the mother of his son. And his Confessions show us that he never forgot her. She was the only woman he ever loved.

In a society in which classes rarely mingle on equal terms, and an unwed mother can lose her son to the burgeoning career of her ambitious lover, this anonymous woman was a first-hand witness to Augustine's anguished spiritual journey from secretive religious cultist to the celebrated Bishop of Hippo.

Giving voice to one of history's most mysterious women, The Confessions of X tells the story of Augustine of Hippo's nameless lover, their relationship before his famous conversion, and her life after his rise to fame. A tale of womanhood, faith, and class at the end of antiquity, The Confessions of X is more than historical fiction ... it is a timeless story of love and loss in the shadow of a theological giant.


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Meet the Author

Suzanne M Wolfe

WILLIAM KILPATRIC, Professor of Education at Boston College, is the author of four previous books, including "Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong", and is a frequent lecturer to university and parent audiences. Gregory and Suzanne M. Wolfe created "The Golden Key", an award-winning children's book catalogue. Gregory Wolfe is editor and publisher of "Image: A Journal of the Arts & Religion". Suzanne M. Wolfe is at work on her first novel.

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Achingly Beautiful
5 stars By Katie Donovan, Mar 28 2016
This is one of the most stunningly beautiful novels I have ever read - partly due to the sheer poetry of the writing - and yet I also found it one of the most tragic. Augustine and X connected almost from the moment they met, but their differing social classes prevent them from legally marrying. Nevertheless, Augustine offers X his love and fidelity and she, in turn, would prefer to be his common-law wife rather than another man's legally recognised wife. Their intentions stated before God, X accepts Augustine's citizen ring, and they begin their life together. Although life was not without its difficulties, there was such beauty in their love for one another and in the fullness of their experiences that I simply could not put the book down. By the time I reached the end my heart had broken for X and Augustine. I felt like railing against a world that, even now, continues to believe that civil authorities and churches can dictate the parameters and requirements for marriage. Their marriage may not have been recognized by either state or church, but that does not necessarily mean they were not married before God. And if that is the case, then what a travesty, that such a beautiful union was sacrificed on the altar of man's expectations. This novel will stay with me for a long time. 
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  • Catalogue Code 444823
  • Product Code 9780718039622
  • ISBN 0718039629
  • EAN 9780718039622
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Jan 2016
  • Sales Rank #49547
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No

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