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Confessions, The

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The Confessions of Saint Augustine is considered one of the greatest Christian classics of all time.

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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 discernible in previous translations.

"Augustine's Confessions has been much translated: but it is no exaggeration to say that Sister Maria Boulding's version is of a different level of excellence from practically anything else on the market."     ~Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

"Boulding's fresh new translation of this classic captures the essence of Augustine's struggle to integrate faith and understanding as his heart seeks to rest in God."       ~Publishers Weekly

"Boulding's translation uniquely highlights the poetic elements embodied in Augustine's prose. She also is sensitive to the devotional and theological nuances of the saint’s reflections. This popular translation of Augustine's is our preferred translation for the general reader."

"You stir us so that praising you may bring us joy, because you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you."

Sr. Maria Boulding, O.S.B. (1929-2009), born in Liverpool, was linguistically gifted and theologically astute. Turning down a full scholarship to Oxford, she joined the cloistered Benedictine Nuns at Stanbrook Abbey in September of 1947 where she unceasingly labored for 62 years. She spent much of her later life translating the writings of St. Augustine.

Author Augustine, St.
Translator Boulding O.S.B., Maria
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 358 pp.
Publisher Vintage Books 1998
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