Fr. Donald X. Burt is on a very short list of the finest biblical and patristic spirituality writers in the Church of the last half century. He has rendered a tremendous service to the Church in making St. Augustine accessible to the person unable to pore through his voluminous writings. Fr. Burt's penetrating, down-to-earth style is music to the reader's ear and heart. Free of ideological tentacles and platitudes, his writings address many of today's pressing personal, relational, and pastoral issues. His books are ideal for spiritual reading as well as lectio divina, the Church's model of holistic, contemplative reading that continues to assume greater prominence in Catholic life. Having read his books since the early 1980s, I can attest to their fresh, enduring qualities and their uncanny capacity to speak to the needs of the day. Very highly and personally recommended.
Karl A. Schultz, National Speaker and author of eleven Karl A. Schultz, National Speaker and author of eleven books
In this brief, accessible volume, Burt contributes a personally engaging and informative examination of Augustine's spirituality.
With humor, humility, warmth and a lyricism reminiscent of the Song of Songs, Don Burt breathes abundant, new life into classical categories of Christian spirituality. He mines the works of St. Augustine, including the fifth century bishop's many sermons, with an ease that belies the long and careful scholarship necessary for such a task. Father Burt applies his own considerable philosophical mind and opens his vast and vulnerable heart to entice the reader to join him, and Augustine, in a lifelong search for God.
Joseph T. Kelley, Vice President of Mission Effectiveness, Director, Center for Augustinian Study and Legacy, Merrimack College
Father Burt subtitles this book "Augustine's Search for God." But the author has written in such an effective way that the reader quickly finds Augustines search to be his or her own search for God. A great amount of human experienceboth Augustines and the authorshas been packed into this short, but very uplifting work. It reassures us that God wants to be found, not just in eternity, but in the here and now. This book offers us an inspiring way to make that search come to life.
Theodore E. Tack, O.S.A., Professor of Ethics, Cascia Hall, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Father Burt does not simply present Augustine's wisdom for the journey of faith. He enters the journey with Augustine and invites his readers to join him. What results is thoughtful, prayerful, insightful, sometimes even humorous, but always challenging wisdom for our own journey of faith. Through the pen of Fr. Burt an ancient St. Augustine speaks to the serious searcher lurking within the modern human heart.
Thomas Martin, O.S.A., Theology Department, Villanova University