Saint Augustine: Early Church Father
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Tell others about Jesus like Augustine did:
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© 2002 by Barbour Publishing, Inc.
Published by Barbour Publishing, Inc., Urichsville, Ohio __________________
Author: Rachael M. Phillips
"Young Augustine had found the love of his life---God."
Early Lay Monastic Order
"While the Servei Dei (Servants of God) Lay Religious Order of the fourth and fifth centuries did not occupy official positions, the Church recognized and honored these Laymen who pursued a monastic life of contemplation and prayer.
Augustine accepted Christ. Then he became one of the Servei Dei.
He would write 93 books that would influence the Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox Churches.
In 388 A.D. he and a few friends had founded what would (much later) come to be called the Augustinian Order, the oldest Monastic Fraternity in the West.
Eventually Augustine would be made Bishop of the town of Hippo, where he established a monastery that would train young monks to be Bishops in all of the towns of North Africa.
...Augustine had it all--impressive intellect, good looks, and a wealthy benefactor. But suddenly his whole world was turned upside down.
Growing up in the cultural mecca of 4th-century Rome, Augustine had it all--impressive intellect, good looks, and a wealthy benefactor. But suddenly his whole world was turned upside down.
The sport of watching gladiators at the popular Coliseum began to horrify him. Philosophies he once lived by lost their meaning.
And a preacher he went to hear on a whim kept drawing him back for more, presenting Scripture as Augustine had never heard. In desperation he finally prayed: "Help me, O Lord, to find you." _____________________________
Cover Illustration © 2002 Dick Bobnick
From Sinner to Saint
Discover how one man's search for truth led him to the "unchangeable Light" of Jesus Christ, the ultimate love of his life. Augustine---the beloved saint Augustine---was called to devote himself to building the early church just a few centuries after Jesus Himself walked the earth.
Saint Augustine's commitment was not without sacrifice, not without struggle. His brave confessions inspire us to know God---and fall more deeply in love with him---here in the twenty-first century.
(-From the Book's Back Cover) __________________________________
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