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Confessions by Augustine of Hippo
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Jan 20, 2010

really liked it
Recommended for: Committed Students of Jesus, Theologians, Historians, and Philosophers
Read from January 20 to February 01, 2010

Phenomenal piece of writing. My only regret is waiting so long to read it. This book is unlike any other book I've ever read. It is basically an autobiography written to God as a prayer by Saint Augustine at the very end of the 4th century AD. It is significant as a devotional work (which has guided the prayers of Christians for the past 1500 years), it is an important theological work (setting standards that have formed the Christianity we have today), and it's a significant historical work (the only complete record of any single individual from the 4th and 5th centuries). It also provides good background on Neoplatonic thought, Manichaeism and St. Ambrose. Through Augustine I am challenged to reflect more on my own life, to confess more of my own sins, and to be willing to ask God to answer those hard questions of life. "The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." ~St. Augustine
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