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The Imitation of Christ (Moody Classics) [Mass Market Paperback]

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July 1995 Moody Classics
Next to the Bible itself, "The Imitation of Christ" is the most-published - and most deeply cherished - book in any language. For nearly 600 years, these thoughtful meditations on Jesus' life and teachings offer practical guidance on the central task of the Christian life: learning day by day to live like Jesus. This modern translation is direct and concise, yet retains a deep devotional flavor.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Press,U.S.; New edition edition (July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802440053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802440051
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,307,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is not everyone's favorite, but its on everyone's list. This is the most widely published and read book on spirituality in our tradition. It is amazing how well its medieval monkishness carries over into the modern world. When Dag Hammarskjold was killed in an airplane crash in Africa, the books found in his briefcase were the Bible and The Imitation." --Eugene Peterson, from his book Take and Read --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471) was a monk at Mt. St. Agnes in the Netherlands. Thomas worked principally at copying and writing. A number of his treatises on the monastic life and little devotional essays have been translated into English including the great devotional work The Imitation of Christ (c.1427). --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted 5 Dec 2007
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Outside of the Bible, this is the timeless heart of the Christian message. This was not written for priests or holy orders, but for those of us living in the world, coping with the pressures, battling with sin and temptation, holding down jobs and so on. And yet, it is a forthright rejection of our world and its temporal gods. This translation by Leo Shirley-Price is the best. It is a book you could sometimes hurl across the room in your frustration and weakness, but you will never find a passage or page that does not respond directly to your spiritual need. This is the narrow way that Jesus taught, laid out in the simplest language. There is no ambiguity here for those who prefer a more comfortable faith. It asks that you turn your back with contempt on worldly honours, wealth and power, and become, in all humility and as Thomas a Kempis says: one of the "few lovers of the Cross of Jesus". And it asks you to accept and embrace suffering if that is the result. Thomas of Kempen remains, even after 600 years, a spiritual director everyone can have access to, through this life-changing, Christian classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Christian classic 17 Jun 2012
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Hardly my place to add to all the scholarly reviews and analysis of this work, but it is a classic book on how to live the Christian life. Despite being written ~600 years ago, it remains as relevant today as it has always been.
The translation by Leo Sherley-Price (1952) is faithful to the original Latin and still accessible today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Imitation of Christ 9 Aug 2012
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Thomas a Kempis should be better known. His devotional aide is suitable to all Christians, irrespective of churchmanship. I wish I had read it years ago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars jesus is love and the way. 17 Nov 2012
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Awesome and truly remarkable portrayal of a man who really connected with Jesus. Centuries old now but as relevant as it ever was. Amazing.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 13 Feb 2006
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a true classic. I have read it a number of times and always find something new that I missed before. Very good devotional which will inspire.
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This book is a thought-provoking exploration on man's relationship with God. It offers no simple answers, but is a meditation upon the path we must tread if we wish to achieve spiritual fulfilment in the world via the life and guidance of Jesus' teachings. Written a number of centuries ago it still has much relevance for any wishing to truly live in Christ, but be warned this is not a quick-fix guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 19 Feb 2013
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Excellent book for meditation...it is a must read for anyone who is really seeking God! I highly recommend it ...
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If you are interested in spiritual development then this book will be of great help to you. Generally it teaches a lot about pride and how to go beyond this big obstacle to our growth.
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The best book ever if you want to be a good Christian
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding
To find a way to inner peace there is no better book apart from the Bible that has answers to all problems.
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1.0 out of 5 stars WRONGLY LABELLED TRANSLATION! THIS IS NOT SHIRLEY-PRICE
This is NOT the superior translation by Shirley-Price, but the more readily available Croft-Bolton translation! Read more
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A definite must for any person dedicated to self betterment, mentally, physically, and spiritually. A serious book intended to instruct, and inculcate those qualities in humanity... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Phillip Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars A breathe of fresh air
I am not even religious and I can't have enough of this book. Very much needed new take on the philosophy of life.
Published 13 months ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual direction of outstanding quality
I have had a copy for many years and continue to find new meaning every time I pick it up. I made the purchase for the benefit of a like minded friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and inspiring
Although this little book is written by a german monk
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