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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2007
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2012
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
on 9 June 2012
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
on 11 May 2013
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
on 14 May 2010
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
on 5 September 2009
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
on 9 August 2012
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
on 11 October 2013
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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2006
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2012
After the Bible this book is in my opinion one of the finest Spiritual books ever written. It is also known as "The Fifth Gospel" such is its ability to give true perspective to Christian living. This is very necessary in this modern world where real values have become somewhat confused.
It is written in short easily absorbed Chapters but each Chapter contains genuine Spiritual wisdom and is an uplifting reading experience.
It may be read from cover to cover or it may be dipped into at random as each Chapter is complete in itself.
Would highly recommend this book by this publisher. There are other published versions of The Imitation of Christ as I have not read these I cannot comment on them but this is my fourth or fifth purchase of this version. I buy them for replacements to my own copies which I have given to friends or bought as gifts for friends.
You will not be disappointed.
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