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      Check to see if this title is already in your library's catalog. If it is,
      put a hold on it and check it out. If not, fill out a patron request form right
      away. This can usually be done online at your library's website.

      Title: Confessions (aka Confessions of St. Augustine)
      Author: Augustine
      Publisher: Widely published by several publishers
      Date Published: varies
      ISBN: varies
      Price: varies
      Comments: A classic, sure to be checked out often and for many years to come.

      from amazon.com:
      Editorial Reviews

      Amazon.com
      Augustine's Confessions is arguably the first, and unequivocally the most
      influential, religious autobiography in the Christian tradition. Augustine (who
      was a hard-core hedonist before his sudden conversion) writes about faith with
      the reckless abandon of a lover; his descriptions of friendship are so
      beautiful they'll bring tears to your eyes; and his tributes to his mother, Monica,
      cast eternally fresh light on the unofficial authority of women in the early
      Church. --Michael Joseph Gross

      From Library Journal
      The latest volume in the series "Augustine for the Twenty-First Century,"
      which will offer the first complete translation of all of Augustine's works into
      English, adds yet another vision of the Confessions to the many already
      available. The fourth-century bishop of Hippo in North Africa wrote this extended
      prayer, the first true autobiography, to confess his sins and God's goodness. It
      has been a standard of spiritual literature ever since. Boulding (Marked for
      Life, Abingdon, 1996), a Benedictine nun of Stanbrook Abbey, England, offers
      us a fine, smooth translation that is a pleasure to read. Hers is also the
      first English translation to use inclusive language. There is a complete index,
      which greatly enhances the usefulness of this particular volume. For all
      readers.?Augustine J. Curley, Newark Abbey, N.J.
      Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

      From Booklist
      There is certainly no shortage of English translations of Augustine's
      Confessions; but given its undeniable place as a classic of Christian literature,
      there is perhaps room for one more. Boulding's translation brings Augustine's
      extended prayer to life with a sensitivity to his passion and poetry that should
      make the text more accessible to contemporary English readers. Boulding
      includes an introduction and a chronology that place Augustine in context and guide
      readers through the sometimes perplexing structure of the book. There is no
      doubt that Augustine continues to reach contemporary readers across the 16
      centuries that separate them from his writing and its context. This new translation
      should contribute to the clarity with which that reach is extended. Steve
      Schroeder

      Review
      "In plain words--if you can accept them as plain--Christianity is the life
      and death and resurrection of Christ going on day after day in the souls of
      individual men and in the heart of society. It is this Christ-life, this
      incorporation into the Body of Christ, this union with His death and resurrection as a
      matter of conscious experience, that St. Augustine wrote of in his
      Confessions."
      --Thomas Merton

      Language Notes
      Text: English, Latin (translation)

      From the Publisher
      Kessinger Publishing reprints over 1,500 similar titles all available through
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      From the Inside Flap
      The greatest spiritual autobiography of all time, this classic work is a
      literary and theological masterpiece. John K. Ryan's masterful translation brings
      out the luster of Augustine's unmatched tale of his soul's journey to God.

      From the Back Cover
      "In plain words--if you can accept them as plain--Christianity is the life
      and death and resurrection of Christ going on day after day in the souls of
      individual men and in the heart of society. It is this Christ-life, this
      incorporation into the Body of Christ, this union with His death and resurrection as a
      matter of conscious experience, that St. Augustine wrote of in his
      Confessions."
      --Thomas Merton

      About the Author
      Robin Lane Fox is Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and the author of
      Pagans and Christians and Alexander the Great.
      Philip Burton teaches at the School of Greek, Latin and Ancient History at
      the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

      Product Description:
      In his own day the dominant personality of the Western Church, Augustine of
      Hippo today stands as perhaps the greatest thinker of Christian antiquity, and
      his Confessions is one of the great works of Western literature. In this
      intensely personal narrative, Augustine relates his rare ascent from a humble
      Algerian farm to the edge of the corridors of power at the imperial court in Milan,
      his struggle against the domination of his sexual nature, his renunciation of
      secular ambition and marriage, and the recovery of the faith his mother
      Monica had taught him during his childhood. Now, Henry Chadwick, an eminent scholar
      of early Christianity, has given us the first new English translation in
      thirty years of this classic spiritual journey. Chadwick renders the details of
      Augustine's conversion in clear, modern English. We witness the future saint's
      fascination with astrology and with the Manichees, and then follow him through
      scepticism and disillusion with pagan myths until he finally reaches Christian
      faith. There are brilliant philosophical musings about Platonism and the
      nature of God, and touching portraits of Augustine's beloved mother, of St.
      Ambrose of Milan, and of other early Christians like Victorinus, who gave up a
      distinguished career as a rhetorician to adopt the orthodox faith. Augustine's
      concerns are often strikingly contemporary, yet his work contains many references
      and allusions that are easily understood only with background information
      about the ancient social and intellectual setting. To make The Confessions
      accessible to contemporary readers, Chadwick provides the most complete and
      informative notes of any recent translation, and includes an introduction to establish
      the context. The religious and philosophical value of The Confessions is
      unquestionable--now modern readers will have easier access to St. Augustine's
      deeply personal meditations. Chadwick's lucid translation and helpful introduction
      clear the way for a new experience of this classic.


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