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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Joe Kim
  • 24-03-2020

Renewed a passion for Augustine for me

I admit that Augustine had become passé for me. By JK Smith’s work completely changed that. The first few chapters were a bit slow, but after I hit a certain point...a certain sentence actually, the whole book, including the first 2 chapters completely opened up for me. Augustine, more than being a medieval systematician, is a cartographer of the heart. That sentence made me realize that I had totally misunderstood all of Augustine, even his work on the Trinity. It made reading Smith’s book on someone I had left behind years ago (except when I needed a quote) not just enjoyable but eye opening.

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  • C O
  • 04-02-2020

Recommended for anyone curious about St. Augustine

The narrator is technically good, but I had been expecting the author (who I have heard before) to read it. It to me a while to get used to the voice.

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  • JAK
  • 24-01-2020

The same human struggles have always existed.

Loved how this author mixed in the struggles of Augustine and related them to our modern day struggles and questions about life. Why do we exist? What is our driving purpose. Augustine honestly grappled with those questions and his answers still ring true for us today. The narrator was excellent and kept the story engaging.

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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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