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After hearing the sermons of Ambrose, Augustine began a great internal struggle which led to his conversion in 387. The Confessions describes his conversion, shedding light on the questions that troubled him. 7 cassettes.
Posted November 21, 2005
Aurelius Augustine lived more than thirty years of his life as a debauched master of rhetoric with little concern about anything more than self-promotion. His life was led by a desire to become the best in whatever he was involved in. This pursuit and pining for glory in his younger years led Augustine into many compromising and immoral acts. His graphic autobiography has lived so long because it reveals the true meaning of God¿s redemption. Augustine made his ignominy and his incredible conversion into one of the greatest works in history. His ¿Confessions¿ is not just a story, but a raw introspective view of one of the most acclaimed Doctors of the Church. It makes every person examine their fallibility and understand sin, redemption, and God¿s grace. Augustine writes with such style but with such directness. Everything he says is profoundly simple. Sheed keeps Augustine¿s unadorned language and with his translation allows every person to assimilate the words of this great mind. Augustine¿s ¿Confessions¿ should be read by every person. It does not target any group or any period in life. Augustine reflects on his entire life, from his immorality to his reception into the community of God to his ordination. Any person can find something that relates to their life and that is exactly what has made this `simple¿ work of literature into one of the most revered works in history.
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