I am going to take my time with this book It d be the first time I read this sort of thing just for the joy of it I m just a bit familiar with St Augustine and while I know this can be a hard read due to my personal beliefs, it is always great to read what other people s take on religion, love, hate and the human meaning.
Are you there God It s me, St Augustine.
Augustine, ConfessionsSublime and originalI can t believe it has taken me so long to read Augustine s Confessions I might not agree with some of his conclusions my Christian framework, Mormon , would be considered a heresy by Augustine , but his influence on Christianity, philosophy, and the West can t be ignored I read this book in little bits on Sunday during Church specifically Mormon church,specifically Sacrament meeting You may notice the math doesn t work I ve spent nearly half of the year reading Augustine on Sundays 52 2 26 26x20 520 and Confessions is NOT 520 pages That is easily explained I have two friends a six year old Cohen and a ten year old Wes with a 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 wondering aloud, in a sense, aboutneo platonic and loftier, metaphysical questions he is asking of God and thinking aloud reasoning as best he can with his brilliant mind on paper recognizing that that mind is a gift from God and he is to steward it It gets hairy It gets hard to stick with If you can, and you do, you will find your Is One Of The Most Moving Diaries Ever Recorded Of A Man S Journey To The Fountain Of God S Grace Writing As A Sinner, Not A Saint, Augustine Shares His Innermost Thoughts And Conversion Experiences, And Wrestles With The Spiritual Questions That Have Stirred The Hearts Of The Thoughtful Since Time Began Starting With His Childhood In Numidia, Through His Youth And Early Adulthood In Carthage, Rome, And Milan, Readers Will See Augustine As A Human Being, A Fellow Traveler On The Road To Salvation Though Staggering ä The Confessions of St Augustine ✓ Download by Á Augustine of Hippo Around Potholes And Roadblocks, All Will Find Strength In Augustine S Message When The Road Gets Rough, Look To God Previously Released In , This Book Invites Readers To Join Augustine In His Quest That Led Him To Be One Of The Most Influential Christian Thinkers In The History Of The Church
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 attempting to achieve inner perfection in a world of material greed and spiritual emptiness Sound familiar Because these themes are universal and timeless in the eternal consciousness of man.
Augustine of Hippo is no stranger to this recurring trait of our species, and in the first part of the poetic masterpiece, he bears his fragile soul to all who dare to truly enlighten themselv Ë The Confessions of St Augustine Ö I suspect most people today would not imagine that they have much in common with a Christian saint who lived over 1500 years ago Remarkably enough however if they read this book I think they d find much to relate to, just as I did The Confessions is the famous autobiography of St Augustine of Hippo, a North African saint It is in part his life story, but to me it is really his spiritual biography It is in effect a long letter from himself directed towards God, explaining his path towards the divine It is the story of how Augustine went from a sinner someone who in his own words had a restless soul and disordered mind into the realm of divine knowledge and awareness It is a familiar story to anyone who has read Ibn Arabi, al Ghazali or any other individuals who have counseled taking what is often referred to as the spiritual path.
What was most notable to me about the book were .
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 appear that way The prose of this translation must be incredibly different from its Latin source, but it s obvious that Augustine has a force of personality that appears through his work that few writer have matched in th Due to unknown and mysterious reasons, each and every year, chiefly on Labour day at my side always celebrated on 1st May and of course a day off , I seem to fall under a moral paralysis, while suffering a bit of nervous physical inability, which converts me into the laziest person ever Fortunately, this seems to last only one day and, additionally, as per my horoscope s indications, this is not my worst fault This year wasn t any different than my collected past So, while gazing for an hour or two at a blank wall again, fortunately, I have only one blank wall in my room, all the others are veiled by furniture , dozing for a few times under a cosy sweet morning sleep, suddenly upon waking up I felt snapping into action and jumped on one of the bookcases and decided for the day to be under, maybe a bit, not so highly appetizing book Obviously, an unconscious prejudice.
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