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Confessions : Vintage Spiritual Classics -  Augustine

Confessions

Vintage Spiritual Classics

Paperback Published: 1st December 1998
ISBN: 9780375700217
Number Of Pages: 400

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'God is our home but many of us have strayed from our native land. The venerable authors of these Spiritual Classics are expert guides--may we follow their directions home.'--Archbishop Desmond Tutu The Vintage Spiritual Classics present the testimony of writers across the centuries who have pondered the mysterious ways, unfathomable mercies, and deep consolations afforded by God to those who call upon Him from out of the depths of their lives. These writers are our companions, even our champions, in a common effort to discern the meaning of God in personal experience. The questions, discussion topics, and background information that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of the six works that make up the first series in Vintage Spiritual Classics. We hope they will provide you with a variety of ways of thinking and talking about these ancient and important texts. We offer this word about the act of reading these spiritual classics. From the very earliest accounts of monastic practice--dating back to the fourth century--it is evident that a form of reading called lectio divina ('divine' or 'spiritual' reading) was essential to any deliberate spiritual life. This kind of reading is quite different from that of scanning a text for useful facts and bits of information, or advancing along an exciting plot line to a climax in the action. It is, rather, a meditative approach, by which the reader seeks to taste and savor the beauty and truth of every phrase and passage. There are four steps in lectio divina: first, to read, next to meditate, then to rest in the sense of God's nearness, and, ultimately, to resolve to govern one's actions in the light of new understanding. This kind of reading is itself an act of prayer. And, indeed, it is in prayer that God manifests His Presence to us.

About the Vintage Spiritual Classics
Preface to the Vintage Spiritual Classics Edition
Chronology of the Life of Saint Augustine
Note on this Translation
The Confessionsp. 1
Infancy and Boyhoodp. 3
Adolescencep. 25
Student Years at Carthagep. 37
Augustine the Manicheep. 54
Faustus at Carthage, Augustine to Rome and Milanp. 75
Milan, 385: Progress, Friends, Perplexitiesp. 96
Neoplatonism Frees Augustine's Mindp. 120
Conversionp. 145
Death and Rebirthp. 170
Memoryp. 197
Time and Eternityp. 245
Heaven and Earthp. 273
The Days of Creation, Prophecy of the Churchp. 304
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 343
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9780375700217
ISBN-10: 0375700218
Series: Vintage Spiritual Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st December 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1