The story of St. Augustine's conversion is quite striking to see the powerful means through which God can work - through books, providential encounters, disillusionment with the things of the world, intercessory prayer, the power of other people's decisions and example, and, especially, the power of the Word, in verbal testimony and in the written Scriptures. And through it all we see the merciful, wise, patient, and powerful hand of of the Lord, as He guides us, to the freedom and peace that can only be found in Him.