Serge Lancel's St Augustine is a 590 page tome on Augustine. It is a treasure. Lancel (p. 31) helpfully summarizes what Augustine says in Confessions about approaching Scripture. In his Confessions, Augustine is "reliving that first failure in his mind's eye [i.e., the failure to appreciate and be drawn to Holy Scripture because of its apparently rough and unsophisticated nature]," and Augustine compates "entering" Scripture to "entering a cavern: you must lower your head to go in, which the proud are unable to do; but then the eye becomes accustomed and the vault soars above you." Lancel's St Augustine is published by SCM Press (2002).