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You Converted Me: The Confessions of St. Augustine (Classics of Christian…

by Robert J. Edmonson, Augustine Hippo

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Augustine's Confessions is both a Christian classic and a literary masterpiece. But it has never been as accessible'or relevant'to young adult readers than it is, now. The Confessions chronicles the youthful adventures and inner spiritual turmoil of one of the greatest and most influential theologians in the history of the Christian church. From musings on the trust he held for his mother at birth, sexual liaisons with various women as a teenager, an infamous episode of feeling guilt-ridden after stealing from a neighbor, to his ultimate and dramatic conversion at age thirty-three, Augustine bears his heart in these pages. Now, for the first time, the first eight books of the Confessions are gathered here in a modern-day translation, with an introduction and over seventy annotations to aid young adults in approaching this spiritual classic for the first time.… (more)
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You Converted Me is a modern-translation of St. Augustine’s Confessions by Robert Edmonson, though this version includes an introduction and some in-line notes by Tony Jones.

I tried to read Augustine’s Confessions back in college, but gave up after a chapter-or-two. I WANTED to give up this time, but something about post-college adulthood (and maybe a little bit of pride) wouldn’t let me give up!

It turns out that the story-line of Augustine’s Confessions is quite interesting (taboo, even!) with a rogue lover, a praying mother, a secret boat-ride, and other craziness that should be made into a movie (maybe animated?)

I like the gig that Tony Jones got in getting his name on this book. He wrote an intro and some “explanations” throughout the chapters - maybe one day I’ll do the same for a Dr. Seuss book! ( )
  navets | Dec 9, 2008 |
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Augustine's Confessions is both a Christian classic and a literary masterpiece. But it has never been as accessible'or relevant'to young adult readers than it is, now. The Confessions chronicles the youthful adventures and inner spiritual turmoil of one of the greatest and most influential theologians in the history of the Christian church. From musings on the trust he held for his mother at birth, sexual liaisons with various women as a teenager, an infamous episode of feeling guilt-ridden after stealing from a neighbor, to his ultimate and dramatic conversion at age thirty-three, Augustine bears his heart in these pages. Now, for the first time, the first eight books of the Confessions are gathered here in a modern-day translation, with an introduction and over seventy annotations to aid young adults in approaching this spiritual classic for the first time.

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