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This review is from: The Imitation of Christ: The Inspirational Teachings of the 15th Century Monk, Thomas a Kempis (Sacred Texts) (Paperback)
This little book written by an Augustinian Monk, in either the late 1300s or early 1400s (the date of birth of Thomas a Kempis is unknown), is charming in it's simplicity, beautiful in it's language and wise in it's advice for a life in immitation of Christ. Thomas a Kempis was Roman Catholic but his wisdom is multi-denominational. In the preface in my edition (possibly late 1800s) it states that Imitation of Christ was considered at the time to be second only to Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress (after the Bible of course) as a spiritual text held in highest esteem by Bible scholars both professional and lay people alike.
Imitation of Christ is written in brief chapters or mini lectures on various aspects of being like Jesus, and they read rather like proverbs encouraging readers to not give in to temptations, keep wise council, avoid gossips and people who slander, finding peace within, that sort of thing. The text is smothered with Bible references in the super-script above the writing which readers can look up to study further, so apart from being in Old English it is quite modern in the layout, rather like any other Bible commentary book today.
The Imitation of Christ: The Inspirational Teachings of the 15th Century Monk, Thomas a Kempis (Sacred Texts)(6 customer reviews)
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