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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (1 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420926357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420926354
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 849,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After the bible, this is the touchstone and probably the best-loved book of Christianity.

Its author, Thomas à Kempis (1380–1471), had a wide knowledge of the Scriptures and classical philosophy, and although most of his life was spent in a Dutch monastery, he also possessed a deep understanding of human nature. His acquired wisdom convinced him of man's complete dependence on God's love and the empty futility of life without it. The book has exercised a profound influence for over 500 years, and Thomas More, Ignatius Loyola and John Wesley are among the many who have acknowledged their debt to it.

For more titles in the Penguin Classics range, visit Amazon.co.uk's Penguin Classics Bookstore. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

THOMAS À. KEMPIS (c. 1380 – 25 July 1471)

Thomas was born at the Lower Rhine town of Kempen, Germany, in the sovereign Prince-Archbishopric of Cologne. His father John was a blacksmith and his mother Gertrude was a schoolmistress. In 1392, while attending a noted Latin school, Thomas encountered the Brethren of the Common Life, followers of Gerard Groote's Modern Devotion. He became a prolific copyist and writer. Thomas spent his time between devotional exercises, composition, and copying. He copied the Bible no fewer than four times, one of the copies being preserved at Darmstadt, Germany in five volumes. In its teachings he was widely read and his works abound in Biblical quotations, especially from the New Testament. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Peel on 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jack Bosworth on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Collins on 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Max Markham on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martin Shadbolt on 14 May 2010
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Brilliant, it has something for everyone both religious and lay. It can be used over and over again, when ever you have doubts and need some reassurance you can find just what you need in the special index at the back of the book. The zipped cover adds that little bit of class, but I feel it would be better if the zip opened from bottom to top. This book would make a great present too for either religious or lay people, I will certainly be giving it a lot of use.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 5 Sept. 2009
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Imitation is probably my number 3 for all time Christian books - absolutely amazing. A little surprised when this leather bound edition came with a zip which i was not expecting as not advertised. Don't like the zip very much as digs into hand whilst reading, so brought a different cheaper version which i prefer to use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gerald Milner on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By johnhubert on 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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