So that's my confession. Next I want to mention a new (but old) favorite, from 398AD, that I will review soon: the Confessions of Saint Augustine. It wasn't until very recently, when a friend sent me a passage from this book that that was so powerful, that I searched out a copy to read again - and only then did I devour this book! Why? I think it is because Augustine writes so personally, engaging deep questions as he tries to reconcile spirituality and religion and truth with the reality of his own heart and life. The passage is here:
Late have I loved you,
Beauty so ancient and so new,
late have I loved you!
Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the shapely things you have made I rushed headlong,
You were with me, but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you,
those things which would have no being
were they not in you.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance, I gasped, and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace.
I will say more soon! And that is the essence of the pledge. I'll be posting book reviews and other tidbits that interest me once again, every month or so. And enjoying it again! Thanks so much for reading.