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""For over thirty years we have read and heard Margaret Miles on Augustine, and her insights on this spectacular ancient have been compelling. Now we read Miles in Augustine's Confessions, and her self-disclosure is as compelling as Augustine's. This is a soul-rending book that opens the world of Augustine to the world of a fundamentalist's daughter. We have known for a long time that scholarly study reflects the life experience of the scholar, but Miles has taken this both to new heights and new depths. This book reveals both Augustine and the world of a fundamentalist, and it is simply stunning in its depth of disclosure and revelation--all what we have come to expect from Augustine and now from Miles.""
Co-director, Institute for Contemplative Living, Santa Fe
Canon Theologian for Formation and Education, Diocese of the Rio Grande
""Augustine and the Fundamentalist's Daughter is a revealing, lively, and deeply engrossing conversation among many speakers, from Saint Augustine to modern poets to the multiple voices age and insight have given Professor Miles on her own journey from fundamentalism to wisdom. In this book, we meet the rich tapestry of life's defeats, fears, delights, and changes in the vignettes of memories narrated from either Augustine's new state of restful faith or Margaret Miles's hard-won place of gracefully honest reflection. Find a quiet room, pull up a chair, and listen to this superb scholar and teacher talk with her longtime mentor, Augustine, about life, love, sex, faith, and family. It is a conversation not to be missed.""
-Mary Ann Tolbert
George H. Atkinson Professor of Biblical Studies
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley
About the Contributor(s):
Margaret R. Miles is Emerita Professor of Historical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She is the author of A Complex Delight: The Secularization of the Breast, 1350-1750 (2008).
1 Disorder and Early Sorrow 15
2 Learning How to Live 42
3 Laziness and Inertia 57
4 Beyond the Pleasure Principle 69
5 Staying Is Nowhere 89
6 Mothers and Sons, Mothers and Daughters 100
7 Relaxing from Myself-a Little 116
8 Conversion and Conversions 130
9 Parents or Fellow Pilgrims? 146
10 The Difficulty of Beautiful Things 159
11 The One Thing 172
12 A Sharp Quick Sense of Life 190
13 The Weight of Love 201