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by Peter Kreeft
The popular author and philosopher Peter Kreeft presents inspiring insights on one of the most beloved Christian classics of all time, Augustine's Confessions. What makes Kreeft's work different from many other books on the Confessions is that it is a commentary on key excerpts from the Confessions, not just an anthology of them.
But it is not a scholarly commentary, or a specialized book about Augustine's theology or philosophy. Kreeft offers the kind of commentary that is a "spiritual probing", an unpacking of the riches of the text. It is existential, personal, devotional, as well as thought-provoking. It focuses on the big ideas in the Confessions that readers remember and cherish the most.
The Confessions is a dramatic book because it is about the individual soul choosing between eternal life and death. It is written in the form of a prayer to God; we are privileged to overhear the intimate conversation, and learn from Augustine about how to pray. Kreeft's commentary helps us to do just that. Medieval statues of Augustine often have him holding an open book in one hand and a burning heart in the other, symbolizing the title of this book, and his burning desire for God.
Peter Kreeft offers his brilliant, penetrating and practical insights on the classic work by St. Augustine that is considered by many as one of the most beautiful and poetic books ever written.
Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most widely read Christian authors of our time. His many bestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include How to Be Holy, Practical Theology, Back to Virtue, Because God Is Real, You Can Understand the Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa.
"Two teachers we all know and trust enter into a dialogue in order to bring forth a Confessions for our day. Peter Kreeft encounters Augustine's pleas, perceptiveness, and prayers as a 'rehearsal' for our own questions and heart's desires. With Kreeft's usual wit and wisdom, St. Augustine comes to life to speak to the higher things, the last things, and the eternal things of our own life's journey."
— Fr. David Meconi, S.J., Editor, The Confessions: St. Augustine of Hippo