|Bunyan and Augustine
Augustine and Bunyan both present good ideas that have made me look at my redemptive story in a different light. These ideas have made me look back even more on my life and see how God has been at work since the very beginning. In the points that the two authors make, they reflect on God and what he has done in their lives, yet it seems like God is doing or has done that very same in my life.
One of the first ideas that stood out to me was found at the very end of Book 1 of St. Augustines Confessions. Book I closes with a very brief list of Augustine's selfish sins as a little boy, which he claims were "shocking even to the worldly set." He sees these as smaller, less significant versions of the sins of a worldly adult life. He admits, however, that there were some good things about him as well. These, though, were due entirely to God. The sins, on the other hand, were due to a "misdirection" of Augustine's gifts away from God and toward the material, crea...