The Confessions (Pusey translation)


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(4.6 stars; 11 reviews)

The Confessions outlines Augustine's sinful youth and his conversion to Christianity. It is widely seen as the first Western autobiography ever written, and was an influential model for Christian writers throughout the following 1,000 years, through the Middle Ages. It is not a complete autobiography, as it was written in his early 40s, and he lived long afterwards, producing another important work (City of God). It does, nonetheless, provide an unbroken record of his development of thought and is the most complete record of any single person from the 4th and 5th centuries. It is a significant theological work, featuring spiritual meditations and insights. It begins:

"GREAT art Thou, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is Thy power, and Thy wisdom infinite. And Thee would man praise; man, but a particle of Thy creation; man, that bears about him his mortality, the witness of his sin, the witness, that ]Thou, O God, resistest the proud: yet would man praise Thee; he, but a particle of Thy creation. Thou awakes us to delight in Thy praise; for Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, unless it repose in Thee.”

(Summary from Wikipedia and Book I, Chapter I.) (11 hr 44 min)

Chapters

Book One, Chapters 1-10 27:13 Read by MaryAnn
Book One, Chapters 11-18 23:03 Read by MaryAnn
Book Two 26:08 Read by MaryAnn
Book Three 35:50 Read by MaryAnn
Book Four, Chapters 1-10 24:05 Read by MaryAnn
Book Four, Chapters 11-18 20:46 Read by MaryAnn
Book Five, Chapters 1-8 24:08 Read by MaryAnn
Book Five, Chapters 9-12 16:11 Read by MaryAnn
Book Six, Chapters 1-8 27:08 Read by MaryAnn
Book Six, Chapters 9-16 19:53 Read by MaryAnn
Book Seven, Chapters 1-10 27:57 Read by MaryAnn
Book Seven, Chapters 11-21 18:57 Read by MaryAnn
Book Eight, Chapters 1-6 26:29 Read by MaryAnn
Book Eight, Chapters 7-12 21:33 Read by MaryAnn
Book Nine, Chapters 1-5 20:20 Read by MaryAnn
Book Nine, Chapters 6-10 20:11 Read by MaryAnn
Book Nine, Chapters 11-13 13:37 Read by MaryAnn
Book Ten, Chapters 1-10 27:12 Read by MaryAnn
Book Ten, Chapters 11-20 20:19 Read by MaryAnn
Book Ten, Chapters 21-30 17:13 Read by MaryAnn
Book Ten, Chapters 31-35 21:49 Read by MaryAnn
Book Ten, Chapters 36-43 17:49 Read by MaryAnn
Book Eleven, Chapters 1-9 18:09 Read by MaryAnn
Book Eleven, Chapters 10-20 18:36 Read by MaryAnn
Book Eleven, Chapters 21-31 25:10 Read by MaryAnn
Book Twelve, Chapters 1-10 13:32 Read by MaryAnn
Book Twelve, Chapters 11-20 24:43 Read by MaryAnn
Book Twelve, Chapters 21-32 26:13 Read by MaryAnn
Book Thirteen, Chapters 1-10 15:38 Read by MaryAnn
Book Thirteen, Chapters 11-20 25:34 Read by MaryAnn
Book Thirteen, Chapters 21-26 23:44 Read by MaryAnn
Book Thirteen, Chapters 27-38 15:41 Read by MaryAnn

Reviews

Fascinating Book

(5 stars)

while difficult for the modern listener to understand, due to the middle English translation and the early medieval philosophical background of the author, this book is historically important and abounds with devotion so as to inspire the listener to pursue a deep Christian faith rarely seen today. Highly recommend!

Excellent recording of an excellent text.

(5 stars)

Very easy to listen to. Thank you.