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The Confessions of St. Augustine (Sacred Wisdom)

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This translation is illustrated with miniatures and decoration taken from illuminated manuscripts of the "Confessions" in the medieval collection at the British Library. The book is organized round extracts chosen to best express St Augustine's philosophy and mystical love of God.
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 6th 2001 by Frances Lincoln Publishers (first published 397)
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K.D. Absolutely
Sep 25, 2010 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 21, 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
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
Camille Stein
Mar 20, 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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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
Feb 03, 2010 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
Banner
Feb 24, 2016 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.
Sean
Oct 03, 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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Erik Graff
Jan 14, 2014 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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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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Ezra
May 10, 2016 Ezra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-books
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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Jeff Miller
Feb 23, 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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Bryan
Feb 21, 2011 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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Becky Pliego
Augustine taught me many things in this book. And one that is very important is how living the Christian life means thinking in the light of the Scriptures and in prayer. Augustine had many important questions, many ideas to wrestle with, many struggles, but he didn't hide them. He laid down each one of them before God in prayer and with the Scriptures open.

Augustine also taught me how in the process of thinking and coming to our own conclusions and views on theological matters, we must never a
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John Doe
Jul 27, 2013 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.
Annette
Mar 07, 2015 Annette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aurelius Augustinus was born in Thagaste (Arabic name) or Tagaste (ancient name), North Africa in 354. This city is now modern day Souk Ahras, Algeria.
Baptized by Ambrose in 387.
Bishop of Hippo in 396.
Died in 430.
A few reviewers have remarked they felt gypped at not getting the "full works" of The Confessions of St. Augustine. There are thirteen volumes-books of The Confessions of St. Augustine. Most people do not want to read thirteen books of confessions. It seems logical to read an abridged v
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Jared Henderson
Jan 23, 2013 Jared Henderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
This is the most amazing book I have ever read. It, more than any other book has had a significant impact on my life. This autobiography chronicles the life and religious struggles of Augustine of Hippo from his childhood to his young adult days as a Gnostic, all the way to his final acceptance of Christianity as an older adult. The amazing thing about this books is the intelligent and articulate arguments Augustine conveys both in favor of and against different religious/philosophical ideologie ...more
Julie Davis
I'm reading this for our Catholic women's book club ... it's the November selection so if I begin now I should finish on time.

I have tried reading this book twice before and always gotten bogged down in Augustine's complaints about being beaten by his tutor. This time I am going to just skim or skip those complaints in the interest of seeing what I DO like about the book rather than letting road bumps throw me off track.

It's kind of ironic that Augustine is one of my earliest saint "friends" wh
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Stian
"People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering."

An extremely fascinating look at the life of one of the most eminent Christian thinkers. The prose is magnificent (translated by Garry Wills) and that added to making this book a very pleasurable read.

I don't find most of the arguments Augustine makes any good, but t
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Anthony
St. Augustine was a early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings had a profound impact on the development of Western Christianity. His "Confessions" is an autobiographical work, which isn't so much a description of his outward life i.e. his relationships with others and events in his life than it is an intimate and detailed account of a man's search for God and himself. He begins with a brief outline of his meager beginnings as a precocious child, born to a pagan father (who later c ...more
Karen
Feb 28, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, if you're ever struggling to give up something bad for something better (who isn't)- this book is inspiring! It is full of beautiful imagery about coming closer to God and giving up things to know Him.

I have to many favorite quotes to write, but here are a few of my favorite parts.

St. Augustine was a bit of a sex-addict, from what I read, and he tried to give it up time and time again. He was coming closer to God from his studies, and he felt like two different people. He said, "I, no doubt
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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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