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St. Augustine addressed himself eloquently and passionately to the enduring spiritual questions that have stirred the minds and hearts of thoughtful men since time began. Augustine's confessions is the greatest work of spiritual autobiography the church has seen. Every Christian should have read this one.
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Published December 1st 1961 by MacMillan Publishing Company (first published 397)
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K.D. Absolutely
Nov 03, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Memoirs)
Shelves: 501, religion
I never dreamed that one day I would finished reading a 300-page memoir written by a ancient Catholic saint. See, how many saints who lived during the first millennium have written himself a memoir?

I twice tried to read The Holy Bible (once in English and once in Tagalog) from cover to cover but failed. I just got distracted by too many details and hard-to-remember names and ancient places and I could not appreciate what were all those characters are doing. Excuses, excuses. They say that readin
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Sarah
Aug 08, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Sarah by: Dr. Harmon
Shelves: theology
Chadwick's translation of Augustine's Confessions (note that this is a confession to God, while read by men) is one of the best. It is not costly in a monetary sense; new it is a mere 6.95. However, it is deceptively short. A chapter will take you two hours if you give it the attention it deserves. Augustine is a circular writer. He is not a bad writer - he was known to be a merciless editor, in fact. But he goes around and around, especially later on in the last chapters of the book when he is ...more
Jean-Paul Werner Walshaw-Sauter

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Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.


This book is a testament to the beauty, profundity and riches of Christian thought.

As Augustine was growing up, his father’s sole preoccupation was to know what Augustine would later become in life. He was not interested in who his son was, whether he was good, just, kind, charitable, faithful. It was his mother who was the guardian of his soul, teaching the lesson of truth and love.

Learning
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Farren
Are you there God? It's me, St. Augustine.
Sean Wilson
"Day after day I postponed living in you, but I never put off the death which I died each day in myself. I longed for a life of happiness but I was frightened to approach it in its own domain; and yet, while I fled from it, I still searched for it."

Reading Augustine of Hippo's Confessions is like plunging into a deep, dark abyss and seeing a slither of light at the far side of the endless tunnel, unaware of whether you reach it or not; for Confessions is a proto-existentialist work of a man at
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James
It was slow, it was dense, and it was militantly Christian. So why is that The Confessions is such an unavoidably fascinating work? Augustine appears here as a fully realized person, with all the good and the bad that that implies; it's as if the book was a conversation with God and a fly-on-the-wall was taking dictation. Since God obviously would have known Augustine's transgressions before they even occurred, Augustine thus has nothing to hide in this personal narrative, or at least makes it a ...more
James
I have read this book several times, both as part of the Basic Program of Liberal Education at the University of Chicago and most recently as one of the monthly selections of a reading group in which I participate. Like all classics it bears rereading and yields new insights each time I read it. But it also is unchanging in ways that struck me when I first read it; for Augustine's Confessions seem almost modern in the telling with a psychological perspective that brings his emotional growth aliv ...more
Mahdi Lotfi
اورلیوس آگوستین در ۱۳ نوامبر سال ۳۵۴م در تاگاست، ناحیهی رومی نومیدیا ـ الجزایر کنونی ـ متولد شد و در ۲۸ اوت ۴۳۰م، در هیپون ـ که به دست واندالها اشغال شده بود ـ دیده از جهان فروبست. مفروض است که خانوادهی او ریشهی بربر داشتهاند. پدرش پاتریسیوس بیایمان بود و مادرش مونیکا، مسیحیای معتقد. پدر، به رغم بیایمانی، بر تفوق مهر مادری واقف بود و لاجرم هرگز در شیوهی تربیتی مادر نسبت به فرزند، چونوچرا روا نداشت. از آنجا که پاتریسیوس ملاّکی خردهپا بود، بی آن که از تمکّن و تموّل آنچنانی برخوردار باشد، کمابیش از ...more
Camille Stein
Mar 10, 2016 Camille Stein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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¿Qué es, pues, el tiempo? ¿Quién podrá explicar esto fácil y brevemente? ¿Quién podrá comprenderlo con el pensamiento, para hablar luego de él? Y, sin embargo, ¿qué cosa más familiar y conocida mentamos en nuestras conversaciones que el tiempo? Y cuando hablamos de él, sabemos sin duda qué es, como sabemos o entendemos lo que es cuando lo oímos pronunciar a otro. ¿Qué es, pues, el tiempo? Si nadie me lo pregunta, lo sé; pero si quiero explicárselo al que me
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Guy Austin
“Why then should I be concerned for human readers to hear my confessions? It is not they who are going to ‘heal my sicknesses’. The human race is inquisitive about other people’s lives, but negligent to correct their own.”

I was very excited to read this book; Confessions by St Augustine. Having been an inspiration to so many including John Calvin, Martin Luther and so many others. It is a memoir like few others. One of the first of its kind. In that fact alone my curiosity was peaked. To read of
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Greg Garrett
Apr 03, 2012 Greg Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to hate Augustine of Hippo. I found him too anxious, too focused on the sexual sins he was sure he was committing, and too sure about the fallen nature of human beings. The Confessions changed all that for me. It's like how when you meet someone you can't judge them in the same way any more; The Confessions helped me understand that Augustine--like everyone--was trying to understand his life, his place in the world, and his motivations for doing things. Most importantly, The Confessions h ...more
Jerome Peterson
Sep 03, 2011 Jerome Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Confessions" is the type of book with a heavy dynamic caliber that it should be read slow, thoughtfully, and with a highlighter. Saint Augustine doe not hold back in his shortcomings. He paints a black, very personal, wicked youth. He confesses all and bares his soul. The passages about his mother were extremely soulful revealing the man as an affectionate son. He writes with hopeful authority; yet in a humble voice and always in a way that I could relate with it in today's hectic pace. His sty ...more
Nelson Zagalo
Poderia chamar-se A Conversão, porque mais do que confessar os seus pecados, ainda que o faça, Agostinho traça a história da sua própria personagem, em jeito de autobiografia, dando conta do lugar comum de onde veio, igual ao de tantos outros, pejado dos mesmos dilemas, dos mesmos pecados, a partir do qual conseguiu, por meio de uma escolha profundamente refletida e munida de vontade, transformar-se, libertar-se, para chegar a Deus.

“Assim, meu Deus, a confissao que faco em tua presenca, e e nao
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حسين إسماعيل
أهملت الفصلين الأخيرين لأنه بدأ يغوص في أعماق بعض العقائد المسيحية، ولكوني غير ملم بالجدل الذي كان يدور حولها فلم أستفد من الخمسين صفحة التي قرأتها منها.

الكتاب كنز عظيم وإثراء لأي قارئ، وترجمة إبراهيم الغربي (عن اللاتينية) بليغة ومميزة جدا. يؤرخ أغسطينس في اعترفاته حياته حتى ما بعد الأربعين بقليل، وهو المولود لأب وثني وأم مسيحية كاثوليكية، ويروي بوصف مطول كيف تغلب على شهواته حين كان شابا حتى الوقت الذي صار مسيحيا فيه، ثم تحول لوصف اطمئنان ذاته للإيمان ومن ثم مناقشة عقيدته بمقاربة فلسفية.

هنا أغسط
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Katie
St. Augustine’s Confessions is such a lovely and honest book. I’d recommend it to everyone, if people who aren’t remotely religious. It’s one of those works that really manages to encapsulate certain feelings and articulate them in ways that are clear but also sort of startling in their clarity, saying obvious things in ways you’d never quite thought of before.

Take this bit from Book 8: “In my heart I kept saying ‘Let it be now, let it be now!’ and merely by saying this I was on the point of ma
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Emily
I hate to say it, but I have some bad news about the Penguin Great Ideas series with which I'm so smitten. I'm not sure if you'll find this as shocking as I did, but here it is: some of these books are excerpted. And I say "excerpted" only so as to avoid an uglier word: if pressed, I must admit that this edition of Augustine's Confessions is - I can barely stand to write it - ABRIDGED.

To Penguin's credit, they don't try to hide the abridgment, as some expurgators have done before them. Right on
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Gwen Burrow
Jun 11, 2009 Gwen Burrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
Feels rather like reading the Psalms. That should tell you it's good.
Michael
Written during the waning of the Roman Empire around 400AD, this account of the early life of a seminal theologian of the Catholic church is a personal perspective on what he regards as his sinful life leading up to his conversion. His writing is surprisingly accessible, almost modern in its approach to weighing the factors that contribute to growing up. His mother was a Christian, but he took a long time to come around. He excelled in school and hungered to elucidate abstract knowledge, eventua ...more
Sean
Oct 02, 2013 Sean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In his "Confessions", Augustine tells the story of his early life and ultimate acceptance of a Christian life. Augustine was born in 354 on a farm in Algeria, the son of a Christian mother and a pagan father. He describes his early life, during which time he mastered Latin literature and became a teacher of literature and public speaking.

Augustine describes in detail his secular life, marriage of 15 years, as well as his personal spiritual journey from a life of earthly desires towards the accep
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Bülent Çallı
Feb 04, 2017 Bülent Çallı rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Augustinus büyük bir düşünür. En büyük eseri İtiraflar, aslında onun özyaşam öyküsü. Kendine göre, Katolik inancına geçerek doğru yolu nasıl bulduğunu anlatıyor. Bir yandan da bu inancı bulana dek saptığı yanlış yollar için Tanrı'dan af diliyor.

St. Augustinus 354 yılında dünyaya gelmiş. 650 sayfalık kitabın ilk yarısı, bu yıllardaki yaşamı ve insanları anlattığı için enteresan. Augustinus doğru yolu bulunca kitap da sıkıcı bir hal alıyor. Dini yorumlar, af dilemeler ve yakarışlar... Sadece sona
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Banner
Sep 19, 2011 Banner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, religious, reread
The Confessions of St. Augustine: Modern English Version

Just finished the Modern English Version.

First let me say that this is an amazing work that modern Christians would greatly benifit from reading.

Regardless of your faith you will appreciate the insight into Augustine's worldview and logical mind.

I enjoyed this version but will go back to Chadwick for the next read.
Petruccio Hambasket IV
Five stars isn't enough, but it's all I have.
Justin Evans
Jun 02, 2011 Justin Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Considering that the style of Augie's work is completely and utterly impenetrable, this is actually a pretty decent read. Just come to it expecting circularity, meditation, rapturous theology and self-flagellation, and you'll come away impressed.
Don't expect anything linear, and you'll be all the more impressed when he ends up, every now and then, out-Aristotling Aristotle with arguments of the (x-->y)&(y-->z)&(z-->p)&(p-->q); ~x is absurd; therefore q variety.
Don't exp
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Erik Graff
May 10, 2008 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Cyril Richardson
Shelves: biography
I've read this book twice now, once in seminary in New York for myself and once in graduate school in Chicago for a class on Augustine taught by David Hassel, S.J. Eight years had intervened, so the rereading was not unpleasant.

Most of the books of the Confessions are surprisingly accessible. The jaring elements for most moderns would probably be, one, the lengthy excurses about theology in the later books; two, the callous disregard he displays towards the mother of his son (her name is never g
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Jeff Miller
Feb 20, 2015 Jeff Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Been over a decade since I last read this, but still it enraptures me. This time around I noticed just how much scripture was weaved into everything he said. Often he blends St. Paul into whatever he is talking about; especially in the later chapters after the main part of his conversion story.

Also this time I tried an audiobook version for my commute.

The narrator was Bernard Mayes whose voice matched the material. Kind of British professorial.

Didn't know who he was and looked up his Wiki entry.
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Genni
Jan 22, 2011 Genni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read, religion
What can I say about The Confessions that has not already been said? Not much. So I will just mention my slightly unusual reason for reading it.

I recently read the only Latin novel to survive in it's entirety from antiquty, The Golden Ass, translated by P. G. Walsh. In the introduction, Walsh made this statement, "On two occasions Augustine associates him (Apuleius) specifically with the town; it must have been during his brief studies there that he first gained acquaintance with Apuleius' philo
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Tony Cavicchi
Confessions is the first person account of the life and musings of Augustine--likely the most famous and most influential Christian in history outside of Jesus's apostles. Writing 1700+ years ago, Augustine addressed many issues not even on the radar of our modern world, yet on the other hand many of his struggles and questions continue to perturb the minds of modern man and for today's Christian Augustine's work is even more informative today.

Augustine addresses real day-to-day issues and the p
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Bryan
Jul 08, 2010 Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Christianity, spirituality, philosophy, and theology
Recommended to Bryan by: Mrs. King, my high school English teacher
I went into this book with wary expectations, but by the end of it was fully enthusiastic about Augustine's account of his conversion.

There were two things that always kept me from reading this book: the first was that I read only part of his quote "Lord, give me chastity, but not yet," when I was younger and so it didn't settle with me. I mistakenly thought that "The Confessions" were Augustine's attempts to confess a sin in order that he could keep doing it, and that seemed like a waste of tim
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Ezra
Apr 03, 2016 Ezra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautiful. Almost psalm-like in many places.

The first ten or so chapters are a bit autobiographical, a bit like an open prayer to God. Augustine talks to God about the life he has led with stark honesty, recognising in everything his own numerous failings and God working good everywhere. Such honesty lets the reader up close and personal with Augustine's struggle for the truth and his eventual redemption.

The final three chapters are intensely heavy to read, even more so than the re
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John Doe
May 10, 2012 John Doe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Augustine believes in god. Is that possible anymore without quietly smirking? Isn't god dead? Maybe he wasn't dead when Augustine wrote this book. Augustine's faith was a miracle, and he expressed his faith with every line of the book.

I didn't agree with everything. Sometimes he seemed to be too hard on himself. But I am glad I read it. The Confessions are a picture of authentic christian faith.
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Aurelius Augustinus Hipponensis, in English Augustine of Hippo, also known as St. Augustine, St. Austin, was bishop of Hippo Regius (present-day Annaba, Algeria). He was a Latin philosopher and theologian from the Africa Province of the Roman Empire and is generally considered as one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all times. His writings were very influential in the development of Western C ...more
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