This book was written in 1928 and tells the story of Monica, the mother of Saint Augustine. Monica was a Christian woman who lived in the 4th century in Northern Africa. She was married to a pagan. She had three children: Augustine, Navigius and Perpetua. She was not happily married, but with her friendliness and patience she was an exemple for others. Her husband converted to Christianity before he died. Monica did not remarry. This book relates how she hopes and prays that her son Augustine will become a Christian. He did convert to Christianity a year before his mother Monica died in 387. Saint Augustine became a bisshop and is considered to be one of the most influential theologians of Western Christianity. He is also known as Augustinus and as Augustine of Hippo.
I think this book is boring: it's mainly about Monica praying, being patient, and worrying about her eldest child. A few lines from this book that give an idea of it's contents and the way it's written: "She spoke little, preached not at all, loved much, and prayed unceasingly".(...) Monica did not seem to notice unkindness, repaying the many insults with little services tactfully rendered. "They do not know," she would say to herself, and pray for them all the more earnestly, offering her sufferings for these poor souls who were so far from the peace of Christ.(...)With bitter tears she cried on God to help her; her grief seemed greater than she could bear.
FEATURED AUTHOR - J. R. Tomlin is the author of fourteen historical novels. She has close ties with Scotland as her father was a native Scot, and she spent time in Scotland while growing up. Her historical novels are set for the most part in Scotland. Her love of that nation is traced from the stories of the Bruce her grandmother read to her when she was small, to hillwalking through the Cairngorms where the granite hills have a gorgeous red glow under the setting sun.