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The Restless Flame: A Novel about Saint Augustine

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Louis de Wohl This is a stirring novel which deals reverently but realistically with the fascinating life and era of St. Augustine, one of the most remarkable men of all time. In his vigorous and inimitable style, Louis de Wohl tells the story of St. Augustine's transformation from a vain, sensual youth to the brilliant, devout writer and theologian - the man who conquere...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by Ignatius Pr (first published 1951)
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I have to admit that Louis de Wohl's books are quite interesting. A lot of times I stumble across his books, begin it, take a long pause, and then I continue the story without a pause.
This is the true story of St. Augustine. St. Augustine was previously a guy who was unclean. He went to sleep with a lady without being married and soon had a son. His mother, St. Monica, constantly prayed for him, hoping that he would change. One day, after she had an argument with her son, she received a vision f...more
Julie Davis
Having dropped The Brothers Karamazov and realizing I will have to resort to Cliff Notes before my book club meets (there's a first time for everything), I am moving on to the next BIG BOOK they chose. The Confessions by St. Augustine.

Now I love St. Augustine. He is my first "saint pal" so to speak. However, I've tried several times to read The Confessions and always gotten bogged down in the early pages. (I must add this was not due to the book itself but to the fact that I got tired of Augusti...more
Abe
Nov 03, 2011 Abe rated it 5 of 5 stars
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The first part of the book grabbed my attention because of the vivid descriptions of life in the Roman Empire. Augustine comes across as an ambitious, intelligent, and socially gifted young man who inspires others to want to be like him. The book gradually gets more theological as it discusses the Manichean teachings and then he confronts the true Christian Church. Finally, we are left with a satisfying conclusion that ties the spiritual lessons to the realities of Roman history. I'm definitely...more
Carissa Norris
De Wohl does a marvelous job of incorporating historical facts about the life of Augustine into his novel. As someone who has read some of Augustine's works and studied his life, I found it fun to identify the way De Wohl interweaves these facts into the story. I also liked seeing Augustine as someone who was passionate and full of fire with a restless search. When I read Augustine myself I seem to fall into the common view of seeing him as a calm priest, but he was so much more. It was enlighte...more
Sskous
I'nm not loving this book, a selection of my book group. it's an historical novel based on the life of St. Augustine which, might, I suppose be nice for a young middle school student. perhaps that was the intended audience. I find no errors, but a lack of depth. And frankly, although he's not yet found Christ, I don't like Augustine very much. Ugh!
Finished it. Liked it better toward the end. book group agreed it got better after the first 1/3. also several said that they might not give it to you...more
Guille Heff
This book is an interesting insight into the life of Saint Agustine, and the title really tells you the way his soul felt towards his insatiable search for God. Until he found Him and his life changed forever. It makes you feel like even as a sinner, we have an option and Hope.
Webster Bull
I was drawn to this novelized life of St. Augustine by Julie's review, and I'm glad I was. Augustine was one of many saints I've wanted to know more about -- the author of the Confessions, lived in Africa, a Doctor of the Church, fought heresies, right? -- but didn't until now.

DeWohl's book, simple, somewhat clunky, and old-fashioned as it may be, weaves the main elements of Augustine's life into a single, readable narrative with only a few long discursive parts to slow it down. In the slow cat...more
Karen
This is an incredible book for any intellectual teenager. It is appealing, engaging, and somewhat of a different read from St. Augustine's "Confessions" since it is in novel form. Do not be taken aback by the amount of pages. It is an awesome read!
Daniel Carr
I really enjoyed this book. I actually bought it for my brother Justin after reading it. It inspired me to learn more about Augustine and to read another of his books.
Pablo Fletcher
Si San Agustín es mi ídolo y Louis de Wohl uno de mis favoritos, ¿imagínense qué puedo pensar de este libro? ¡Simplemente genial!

Yo soy Alipio.
Cami Bledel
De mis preferidos!!!! Vida se San Agustin, recomendado por Profesora de Filosofia
Megan
Really awesome. Louis de Wohl really knows how to tell a story.
Alicia Sandoval poveda
Es hermoso... No suelo leer cosas sobre santos, pero la vida de san Agustín antes de su conversión y cómo llega hasta allí es maravillosa. La narración es muy fácil de seguir y el personaje de Alipio en particular me resultó delicioso.
Boba
I can not find the words to describe the effect of this book on me. I liked the other novels by Louis de Wohl, but this one I loved. I have a feeling that it transformed me in some way. It's perfect for the ones that think, rethink and wonder how... when... why...
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Mr. de Wohl is a Knight Commander of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and his wife (nee Ruth Magdalene Lorch, whom he married in 1953) is a Lady Commander of the same Order. His fifty books include The Living Wood (Lippincott, 1947), Imperial Renegade (id., 1950), The Restless Flame (id., 1951), Throne of the World (id., 1949; published in England as Attila), The Golden Thread (Lippincott, 1952), T...more
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