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The Confessions of St. Augustine   By: (354-430)

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The Confessions of St. Augustine by Saint Augustine is an honest and introspective account of one's spiritual journey, presenting a profound insight into the inner struggles and ultimate conversion of a man striving for personal redemption.

This remarkable autobiography delves into St. Augustine's youthful years, unveiling his intellectual curiosity and the profound influence of various philosophical and religious ideologies on his early life. The author artfully explores Augustine's passionate pursuit of knowledge, his insatiable search for truth, and his constant yearning for fulfillment, which ultimately led him to embark on a transformative spiritual path.

What sets this book apart is Augustine's candidness in recounting his personal failures, moral shortcomings, and inner conflicts. Themes of temptation, lust, pride, and sin are masterfully interwoven throughout the narrative, showcasing the universal struggles faced by individuals as they navigate the complexities of human nature. Augustine's willingness to expose his vulnerabilities allows readers to connect on a deeply personal level, rendering his confessions both relatable and profoundly moving.

Furthermore, The Confessions serves as a compelling portrayal of the enigmatic relationship between faith and reason. Augustine's intellectual journey leads him to question traditional teachings, grapple with skepticism, and ultimately embrace the Christian faith. His exploration of various theological doctrines and his wrestling with profound metaphysical questions demonstrate a keen intellect seeking a coherent framework for understanding the mysteries of God and the nature of existence.

The prose itself is both awe-inspiring and accessible, showcasing Augustine's remarkable ability to fuse philosophical depth with heartfelt emotion. His writing style effortlessly oscillates between moments of profound introspection, fervent prayer, and philosophical contemplation, creating a dynamic narrative that keeps readers engaged from start to finish.

As the pages turn, readers witness the gradual transformation of a restless soul yearning for meaning and purpose into a steadfast believer dedicated to God's will. Augustine's poignant journey is a testament to the power of love, divine grace, and self-reflection, beautifully illustrating the potential for personal growth and spiritual redemption that lies within every individual.

Overall, The Confessions of St. Augustine is a timeless work that continues to resonate with readers today. Engaging, introspective, and deeply insightful, this autobiographical masterpiece offers a vulnerable and inspiring account of one man's conversion and spiritual awakening. It stands as a testament to the enduring power of faith, the boundless capacity for personal growth, and the transformative nature of true self-reflection.

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THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT AUGUSTINE Translated by Edward Bouverie Pusey


Great art Thou, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is Thy power, and Thy wisdom infinite. And Thee would man praise; man, but a particle of Thy creation; man, that bears about him his mortality, the witness of his sin, the witness that Thou resistest the proud: yet would man praise Thee; he, but a particle of Thy creation. Thou awakest us to delight in Thy praise; for Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee. Grant me, Lord, to know and understand which is first, to call on Thee or to praise Thee? and, again, to know Thee or to call on Thee? for who can call on Thee, not knowing Thee? for he that knoweth Thee not, may call on Thee as other than Thou art. Or, is it rather, that we call on Thee that we may know Thee? but how shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? or how shall they believe without a preacher? and they that seek the Lord shall praise Him: for they that seek shall find Him, and they that find shall praise Him. I will seek Thee, Lord, by calling on Thee; and will call on Thee, believing in Thee; for to us hast Thou been preached. My faith, Lord, shall call on Thee, which Thou hast given me, wherewith Thou hast inspired me, through the Incarnation of Thy Son, through the ministry of the Preacher... Continue reading book >>

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