"Our hearts are restless until they rest in You," wrote St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), mystic, monk, bishop, seeker, and one of the most influential figures in the history of Christianity. His autobiographical Confessions established the introspective tradition in Christianity the idea that one's personal story and human nature could be the starting point for reflecting on God.
Thomas Martin's concise survey of this vast, complicated and controversial terrain begins with Augustine and his own restless heart, then traces the legacy of this spiritual vision as it is taken up by other seekers throughut the centuries. Our Restless Heart mastefully traces the great saint's wide-reaching legacy in the Augustinian Order, as well as among a diverse range of Protestant and Catholic reformers, and in modern currents in the church and spirituality.
Thomas F. Martin, OSA, teaches in the department of theology and religious studies at Villanova University, PA.