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The Imitation of Christ [Paperback]

Thomas a Kempis
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1 Jan 2005
Thomas a Kempis was a German medieval Christian monk who was born in the late 14th century. His work "The Imitation of Christ" is one of the most widely read Christian spiritual books ever written. The book presents the idea that the study of Christ's life and the emulation of his example is the highest pursuit that man can achieve. Kempis's "The Imitation of Christ" is a spiritual classic and a must read for any ardent follower of Christianity.

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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: (1 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420926357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420926354
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 770,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas à Kempis (ca. 1380-1471) was a German monk and a practical mystic. His classic The Imitation of Christ has long been a favorite of Christians of all denominational backgrounds. It is said that Thomas's book has been the most read of any book other than the Bible. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Carry Your Conscience in Your Pocket 24 Oct 2010
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I purchased this book to read on my android phone for a song ~ and the song which this book sings will now remain with me until I breathe my last.

I was heavily into it in the 1980's, when I also loved it, when it became an in-pocket guide, neatly bound and stitched. I would open its small pages only to find myself sucked into the quiet area of the mind, the conscience, the place where we all go when we have the courage to be honest with ourselves. After every trip to this deep quiet corner I'd close the door behind me, refreshed, invigorated and ready to go out into the world and meet it with humility and joy. So deeply was I absorbed that I would sometimes gasp and think "If only everybody in the world would read this book, there would be no wars, no fighting or tension. Peace would break out in a Big Way and infect the entire planet." My preoccupations would increase and people would enquire, "What are you reading?" which was when my problems began: In this day and age it is rather off-putting, at least for people like me, for it gave the impression that I was a Raving Christian, and that is what I am not.

I am in fact a Raving Nobody, a person who hates to align himself with any creed, belief or group, as I believe that truth is universal and that people are people, that we should act with kindness and consideration to all men, indeed all of the animal, plant and mineral kingdom. So to be invited to people's pet churches and belief systems and to present yourself as a wise person was not my idea of a fun time. In fact it went totally against the grain of everything this deep, wise little book was saying. So away went the book, to settle into the back of the mind to compost itself away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Imitation of Christ 9 Jun 2012
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A wonderful read. Recommended by none other than St Therese of Lisieux!!

It contains fabulous insights and deep meditations on the teachings of Jesus, as well as the Church Fathers, back to the time of the early Catholic Church - the time of the Apostles.

There is also some extremely helpful prayers before confession; some of which can be read verbatim in the Confessional, leading to a thorough examination of conscience and good confession.

Reading this book will definitely help your spiritual growth and understanding of your part in your salvation.

Not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great personal help for Christians 11 Oct 2013
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Kempis' book takes you on a personal journey of understanding the heart of Christianity. Each day you read a really helpful thought. Often written as a message from God to you or a heart felt plea to Him for help,followed by a reflection and a prayer. The original and still the best daily guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis 11 May 2013
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This brilliant book was intended for the use of monks and nuns in their meditations, but lay people everywhere - Catholic and Protestant - have found it a great help as well. It is a marvellous introduction to the essence of Christianity. If our leaders, including Church leaders, read it every day and meditated on it, the world would be a better place. The chapters are bite-sized you could read one easily just before turning out the bedside light. For the non-Christian who is curious about the Faith, it could be a very helpful introduction, explaining why Chritians believe that or that, and what they are supposed to do. The meditation on death, which is now almost a taboo subject in society, is particularly good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deeply challenging 19 April 2005
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This book really moved me. There's times when you find yourself getting on the defensive because you think to yourself "Surely that's not what being a Christian is about".
But when you examine it in your head, you find that the requirement for humility, submission and self-renunciation - though perhaps not clear cut criteria for salvation - are certainly Biblically sound paths to leading a model Christian life; that is to say, imitating Christ!
The author was clearly a monk, so the exact practices he prescribes are perhaps not for everyone (for example, his call that we should spend as little time with other human beings as possible), but reading this book will certainly mould the open-minded, Christ seeking Christian to exercise new ways of living a Christ-centered life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ebook 2 Feb 2014
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A timeless classic. Another great ebook worth getting, Informative and easy to read it may help you on a daily basis if read everyday and reflecting about what is written
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It looks nice and the translation is enjoyable. However this book should have (IMO) been slightly wider. I say this because its pages are slightly too narrow which means the text on the pages are bound to the spine too closely, causing you to put effort in holding the page flat; otherwise when reading the text it has a slight curve to it.

I find it a little annoying and not had a book with this problem before but it is still a worthy purchase. I read a chapter a day (sometimes more.)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Language issue! 14 April 2014
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Love the book but this version is in old English language so hard to read. Since purchased a newer translation of this work.
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Just to point out that this version, The Imitation of Christ as the preview indicates, is a re-write by Harold J Chadwick and is not the Knox/Oakley translation as a review appears... Read more
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