Publication Date: July 16, 2012
The Confessions of Saint Augustine is considered one of the greatest Christian classics of all time. It is an extended poetic, passionate, intimate prayer that Augustine wrote as an autobiography sometime after his conversion, to confess his sins and proclaim God's goodness. Just as his first hearers were captivated by his powerful conversion story, so also have many millions been over the following sixteen centuries. His experience of God speaks to us across time with little need of transpositions.
This acclaimed new translation by Sister Maria Boulding, O.S.B., masterfully captures his experience, and is written in an elegant and flowing style. Her beautiful contemporary translation of the ancient Confessions makes the classic work more accessible to modern readers. Her translation combines the linguistic accuracy demanded by 4th-century Latin with the poetic power aimed at by Augustine, not as discernable in previous translations.
Even though written 1600 years ago, it still has plenty of relevance for today’s human struggles. I found that I got more out of it by reading it in a weekly book club/study format. Discussion with others, as well as use of free study guides found in various places on the Internet, really helped develop my understanding.
This was one of the first Catholic books i bought on my road to conversion. It is powerful!