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This is not an audiobook about Saint Augustine. In a way, it's an audiobook Augustine has written about each of us. Popular speaker and award-winning author James K. A. Smith has spent time on the road with Augustine, and he invites us to take this journey, too, for this ancient African thinker knows far more about us than we might expect.

Following Smith's successful You Are What You Love, this audiobook shows how Augustine can be a pilgrim guide to a spirituality that meets the complicated world we live in. Augustine, says Smith, is the patron saint of restless hearts - a guide who has been there, asked our questions, and knows our frustrations and failed pursuits. Augustine spent a lifetime searching for his heart's true home and he can help us find our way. "What makes Augustine a guide worth considering," says Smith, "is that he knows where home is, where rest can be found, what peace feels like, even if it is sometimes ephemeral and elusive along the way." Addressing believers and skeptics alike, this audiobook shows how Augustine's timeless wisdom speaks to the worries and struggles of contemporary life, covering topics such as ambition, sex, friendship, freedom, parenthood, and death. As Smith vividly and colorfully brings Augustine to life for a 21st-century audience, he also offers a fresh articulation of Christianity that speaks to our deepest hungers, fears, and hopes.

©2019 James K. A. Smith (P)2019 eChristian

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St Augustine

Loved it, so glad I've got it. Definitely will listen again, taking in more details.

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Exquisite

It's not often that a theological monograph is qualified as exquisite, but this one is in my humble opinion. James K. A. Smith is among the top philosopher/theologian of the 21st century and he delivers a masterful understanding of Augustine in bites easily digested.
Smith shows a deep understanding of this early Church Father by involving contemporary and existential philosophers and theologians; by this application, the author gives a new life to an important Christian figure of the past. Augustine had such an impact throughout the centuries on Christian thoughts that it is meaningful to situate him afresh in our time.
The chapters of the book are well identified and treated. Evidently, a basic knowledge of philosophy and theology will complement the listening, but it is not an obligation. Smith expresses his understanding in simple enough terms and ideas to give the listener an enjoyable experience.
The narrator is brilliant in bringing the book to life. A delight to listen to his voice.
Overall, this book is thoroughly pleasurable and a good way to get familiar (if not already) to Augustine, whose thoughts are, at times, frankly hard to follow and swallow.

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A great stroll.

An incredible insight into the overall philosophy of Augustine. Practical to the highest degree. Brilliant.

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  • Fossilized Tree Sap
  • 08-12-2019

Amazing

The true story of our modern souls: an ancient Saint has been there already! What a delight, and truth all the way.

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  • Theresa
  • 08-11-2019

Our hearts are restless...

The author captures the story and the heart of all seekers of rest in God, from the 4th through the 21st century, by comparing the longing journey of Saint Augustine to the longings of the world today.

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  • cornell womack
  • 18-12-2020

Transforming.

In the age of "me," hyperidividualism, extreme celebrity, and the commodification of everything, Augustine reminds us that the temptation of idolatry was the same for him. The solution for us is the same also: to wade through the distorting illusions of culture and the empty promises of significance rooted in worldly acclaim; to find the one true source that was as satisfactory for Augustine as it can be for us. A life in Christ and a life for Christ. Grateful to find in JK Smith and skilled interpreter of both contemporary culture, the life of Augustine and its meaning and comfort for our lives today. Grateful to be pointed in the direction toward our true home.

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  • RShannon
  • 05-06-2020

The final chapter is worth the price of...

The brief final chapter was particularly moving, perhaps in part because it provided the final resolve to each of the previous chapters. I will be revisiting the chapters on addiction and on fatherhood. Outstanding!

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  • Phil Burgess
  • 14-12-2020

A book for restless hearts

Jamie Smith once again leads us on a palpable, engaging, and richly rewarding journey of experiencing our world through the searching eyes and restless heart of St. Augustine.

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  • Nathan McCallum
  • 05-06-2020

Superb

This was a superb piece of philosophy that blends the questions of a Bishop from 1600 years ago that seem to be questions we are still asking today because they are part of the human experience and desires across the ages. Very good. Highly recommend!

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  • T.A. Bohlinger
  • 13-12-2019

Excellent book

I saw this book was recommended on the Jarod Wilson’s top ten book lost for 2019 and quickly bought it. I promptly started it that day and finished it in three days! I highly recommend it to say the least. I was encouraged and exhorted along the way.

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  • T. Hadley
  • 01-02-2021

Elevates your perspective and draws you in....

I wanted to find out more about St. Augustine without actually reading any of his works.... (That's just me) So i chose this book based on reviews. Wow, I'm so glad I did. It's a book that you digest in small helpings and it changes the way you look at yourself and the world and a 4th century African bishop and your relationship with Christ and your need for friends in your life, aka the church. So glad I joined the author on this journey. And I love the narrator's British accent and mastery (whether right or wrong, they're convincing) of the pronunciation of all the different names and terms that Mr. Smith uses in this text. What keeps it from being "dusty" are constant references to finding St. Augustine's principles and counter-principles in modern day cultural references: movies, music, poetry, philosophy, etc. Highly recommended for seekers of truth.and humanity...

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  • Mike miller
  • 27-05-2020

something different

hope for a worn out broken hearted old man, that says, " there is a home, yes a place for even me"

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  • Barry L. Ickes
  • 14-05-2020

On the Road with Saint Augustine

is a journey toward transformation and conformity to image and likeness of the second Adam - our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • Phil D
  • 04-09-2020

Excellent

Very helpful introduction and summary of Augustine and application to living as a Christian in today's culture.

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