Taylor’s Voicemail about St Augustine in 50 Pages

On my birthday, March 29, 2014, the email subscribers of my blog took a vote on our next free book. I offered several free books I’d be willing to write for you as a “thank you” for your encouragement. The winning title was Augustine in 50 Pages: A Quick Layman’s Guide to Augustinianism. You can see the various book options and how the voting broke down by clicking here.

My goal was to finish researching and writing the book by the feast day of Saint Augustine on August 28, 2014. I worked hard on it and put the finishing touches on it on August 29. Do you know how hard it is to squeeze Augustine into 50 pages? 

Please Listen Here: Your Voicemail about the Book

Here’s a short 1 minute voicemail I recorded to you telling you about the book:

Click here to listen to it: Taylor’s Voicemail to you about your free book.


Augustine in 50

Here’s a photo of the final manuscript.

Augustine in 50 Pages Table of Contents

Here’s a sneak at the title page for the book:
SAINT AUGUSTINE IN 50 PAGES title page.pdf

When will you get this Free Book?

The book is finished. But as you know, I am the royal king of typos (it’s a common theme in the comments box. My dad is dyslexic. Maybe I have a little bit of it.) So I need to get this Augustine manuscript professionally edited and cleaned up. Whenever that is finished, you’ll have this free book in your hands. Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages will go into paperback version and will be available for purchase at amazon soon. Thomas in 50 Boxshot Cover 165 no background

If you still want a free copy of Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages, sign up and get it here.

Godspeed, Taylor Marshall PS: I shared this on Facebook, but I really felt that Saint Augustine was in the room with me when I wrote this book. It was a very supernatural sensation. The closest experience I’ve had as an author was writing The Catholic Perspective on Paul and my new fictional novel about Saint George, Saint Christopher, and Saint Nicholas (due after Thanksgiving).

Question: Should the new title be SAINT Augustine in 50 Pages or just Augustine in 50 Pages? The reason I ask is that Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages doesn’t have the “Saint” in front of it. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • David De Luna

    Keep it consistent. No “Saint”

  • Sr. Kathy Joseph

    I prefer “Saint Augustine”.

  • Gabriel Githinji

    St Augustine is more specific. Even more specific ‘St Augustine of Hippo in 50 pages’.

  • Meghan

    While I am generally all for “consistency” which would imply to omit the word “saint”, um, well, not this time. In my experience, Augustine is commonly referred to with Saint in front of it while Aquinas is generally referred to with Thomas in front of it. I have heard some people just say Augustine but, as a culture, we are accustomed to using two names so I vote for “Saint Augustine in…” Thank you so much for doing this – looking forward to reading this one too!!!

  • Alexis

    Just Augustine. To me it just flows better.

  • AugustMothers

    Augustine in 50 pages may allow for a broader distribution to those not yet part of the household of faith, yet have been touched by God and are interested in knowing more!

    • Robert Parks

      AugustMothers gives a very good reason for keeping the “Saint” out of it, I think!

  • EB

    I think Saint Augustine, because that is how he is known. Similarly Thomas Aquinas is well known, just by his name, without the “Saint”

    • Carol Wrzesinski

      I agree. I often say just Aquinas, but never just Augustine. Besides, the Church I came to first, as a convert, was Saint Augustine in Pgh, PA!

  • Carol Wrzesinski

    I prefer Saint Augustine, and would love to have the book, as I have read The Confessions and The City of God.

  • Sherry B. Cleveland

    Saint Augustine in agreement with all of the reasons given by the posters who also want to see saint!

  • Kimberly

    I prefer “Saint Augustine”. If you decide to omit “Saint” I would include “of Hippo”.

  • Sunda

    he earned it; let’s give him his proper title!

  • Mari Carmen de Pereira

    I like “Saint Augustine”, and I also agree with Kimberly. If you leave “saint” out, you should then include “of Hippo”.

  • Michelle Kelly Sullivan

    I like the consistency of “Augustine of Hippo in 50 pages”.

  • Charles Philip

    I think St Augustine is best. St rather than Saint. ‘St Augustine’ is how he is best known and best recognised. On the other hand Aquinas is best known as ‘Thomas Aquinas.’

  • Maria Gabriela Salvarrey Rodri

    I prefer Saint Augustine

  • Chris

    St. Augustine is best. Let’s not shy away from who he is…a canonized catholic theologian.

  • Darren

    The title Saint would highlight the catholic perspective on Augustine. The title would be consistent with the teachings of the Church, which names him a Saint.

    • Darren

      Plus, can show the Communion of Saints article of faith.

  • Mary Weber

    Thomas Aquinas is frequently known by that name, but Saint Augustine almost always has “saint” attached to his name. Please use Saint Augustine.

  • pjd

    I like St. Augustine.

  • Taylor Sanford

    Consistency is a beautiful thing. Simply: Augustine in 50 Pages.

    • Taylor Sanford

      After reading more of the comments and rolling it over a bit more, I think Saint Augustine might be better after all. But maybe I am just easily swayed haha. But in any case, it’s not that big of a deal. As long as the book provides what it promises, the title is of little matter (at least over something this trivial).

  • “It is difficult to venture forth upon the sea of Augustine’s thought, and even more difficult to summarize it – this indeed is almost impossible.”
    –Pope St. John Paul II, “Augustinum Hipponensem”, Apostolic Letter (1986)

  • Catherine Norman

    I vote: No “Saint.” As an ex-Protestant, I know many Protestants revere him as Augustine, not Saint Augustine, and Catholics will pick up the book either way, I think.

  • Joycey

    St. Augustine of Hippo, to differentiate him from Augustine of Canterbury who is popular in the UK.

  • Pat

    I prefer “Saint Augustine” as that’s who he is readily known by

  • ADAM

    (CAIRO) – If your target includes non-Catholic university students, then of course AUGUSTINE IN 50 PAGES is surely preferable. The Mother of God is St Mary, but how many book titles include “Saint”?

  • Susan Hembree

    I think Augustine is better known as a Saint. So, I would opt for St. Augustine.

  • Lucy O’Connell

    Augustine. Keep it consistent. Um, also – and this is probably too late and too pernickety, considering that the other book is already out – the subtitle would be better off either as ‘A Layman’s Quick Guide’ or a ‘A Quick Guide for Laymen.’ As it is, ‘quick’ modifies the first noun, rather than the second, which means the book is a guide for quick laymen! (It’s easier to see this if you think of ‘A Busy Layman’s Guide’ as opposed to ‘A Layman’s Busy Guide’.)

  • kcthomas

    ‘ Augustine of Hippo ” is nice, I think.

  • Sister M. Lalemant Pelikan, rs

    Personally, I prefer “Saint”; since you’ve given Aquinas his first name, you should either add Saint to specify which Augustine, or use Augustine of Hippo.

  • Robert Parks

    There are good reasons for publishing “Augustine” with “Saint” and for not doing so. I’m partial to having “Saint Augustine” because it stresses his holiness against certain conceptions of him today; because it identifies him in his current role in the Catholic Church; and because it reminds us of God’s power to convert a lustful soul to purity in Himself.

  • Joe Anuga

    I will vote for St Augustine as I think Augustine of Hippo is more easily recognized that way even in philosophy classes that aren’t particularly concerned with religion. What will keep the series consistent will be the content and not just the title. God bless all your work.

  • robert foye

    Augustine in 50 pages. Definitely. Augustine is recognizable to all and leaving the St out just underlines that point.