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Confessions

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14/08/2008

Publisher writes

In this new translation by Henry Chadwick the brilliant and impassioned descriptions of Augustine's colourful early life are conveyed to the English reader with accuracy and art.

Augustine tells of his wrestlings to master his sexual drive, his rare ascent from a humble Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of high power at the imperial court of Milan, and his renunciation of secular ambition and marriage as he recovered the faith that his mother had taught him. It was in a Milan garden that Augustine finally achieved the act of will to Christian conversion, which he compared to a lazy man in bed finally deciding it is time to get up and face the day. 

Judges' and contributors' comments

David Winter: I read them and was profoundly moved by them.

Cally Hammond: What can I say? This book has absorbed three years of my life while I wrote my translation. First and best ‘journey of a soul’ story in all Christian history. Loved most of all for its honesty, and admissions of weakness, doubt and confusion. Englishing the Latin I doubt I’m any closer to the soul of the writer, but his thinking has done me much good, and his vision continues to inspire me. It is my favourite book on the list, no question. When my 10 free copies from the publisher arrived and I went to collect them from the college lodge, I found the porters (who sort the post) reading the label on the box saying Confessions and speculating whether some dodgy person had sent the dean pornographic material.

Mark Oakley: Shaping a new literary genre as he does it, Augustine tracks the path of a restless heart towards the harbour of love. The work is profoundly personal, startlingly universal.

Jenny Monds: We all agreed this had to have the top spot, and not just because one of the judges has just produced a new edition!

Reader comments

Michael Carlascio

12 December 2015 @ 19:29

This book by Augustine requires a lot of quite reflective thinking.It has a noble quality about it that is lacking in today's rush-happy contemporary society.We need depth of living that engages God and propels us to satisfying spiritual reality,that both is refreshing and restful to the deep yearnings of our spirits.Much that passes for Christianity now is shallow and unconvincing.Indeed our hearts were made for God,only He can stir us to reach our full potential and cause us to mount to heights of real communion with Him.

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