Augustine’s “Confessions” – Kindle Style

I’ve had a week now on my new hand-held Kindle (Amazon’s e-reader), and I am enjoying it immensely. Mostly I am learning how to use it (navigation and tools), as well as looking to add some quality content to it for my reading pleasure and edification. So I have been browsing quite a bit at the Kindle store through old classics and new books. Needless to say, there is a wealth of material available, all at good prices. One of the first things I wanted to find was a decent KJV Study Bible. A search revealed lots of options, all with reviews, which were very helpful. Finally I decided on the OSNOVA Study Bible (just the fancy name of the developer), which has the R.A. Torrey “Treasury of Scripture Knowledge”, a special cross-reference tool. While I am just getting started with it, it does seem to be a very good Kindle Bible. I have also downloaded a sample of OSNOVA’s Greek Interlinear Bible on my PC; they seem to be a leader in Kindle Bible products at this point, but I imagine there will be a lot of competition in this area in years to come.

 

But I am also reading my first book on Kindle, and that is Augustine’s Confessions. It has been a long time since I first read this Christian classic (college, I believe), and I wanted to refresh my mind and soul with this great church father’s personal confession of God’s greatness, his own sin, and his desire to grow in grace. I am only in Book I, but already I have found several masterful quotes. Below I quote one of the first I found. Look for more to come.

 

What art Thou then, my God? what, but the Lord God? For who is Lord but the Lord? or who is God save our God? Most highest, most good, most potent, most omnipotent; most merciful, yet most just; most hidden, yet most present; most beautiful, yet most strong, stable, yet incomprehensible; unchangeable, yet all-changing; never new, never old; all-renewing, and bringing age upon the proud, and they know it not; ever working, ever at rest; still gathering, yet nothing lacking; supporting, filling, and overspreading; creating, nourishing, and maturing; seeking, yet having all things. Thou lovest, without passion; art jealous, without anxiety; repentest, yet grievest not; art angry, yet serene; changest Thy works, Thy purpose unchanged; receivest again what Thou findest, yet didst never lose; never in need, yet rejoicing in gains; never covetous, yet exacting usury. Thou receivest over and above, that Thou mayest owe; and who hath aught that is not Thine? Thou payest debts, owing nothing; remittest debts, losing nothing. And what had I now said, my God, my life, my holy joy? or what saith any man when he speaks of Thee? Yet woe to him that speaketh not, since mute are even the most eloquent. Oh! that I might repose on Thee!

Augustine, Saint (2006). The Confessions of Saint Augustine (Optimized for Kindle) (Kindle Locations 66-74). Unknown. Kindle Edition.