The Imitation of Christ (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – 10 Jan 2003
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If a man tells you that he is fond of the Imitation, view him with sudden suspicion; he is either a dabbler or a saint...Heaven help us if we find easy reading in the Imitation of Christ (Ronald Knox)
None, I believe, except the Bible, has been so universally read and loved by Christians of all tongues and sects (Thomas Carlyle)
The most influential devotional book in Western Christian history (Professor John van Engen) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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After the Bible, The Imitation of Christ is the all-time favorite book of Catholics throughout the world. And of the many English editions, none can equal for reverence and beauty this inspiring translation of Bishop Richard Challoner. As Fr. John Hardon, S.J. says, "Its basic theme is that, since Jesus Christ is true God and true man, by imitating Christ as man, the Christian becomes more and more like Christ who is God."
This book speaks to the soul of every true Christian, always reminding him of the shortness of time and the length of eternity; the fleeting nature of earthly joy as opposed to the eternity of happiness with God. The guide of saints since it first appeared in 1418--it was the sole spiritual reading of St. Therese of Lisieux, who loved it and knew it by heart. Of the universal appeal of The Imitation, the famous theologian Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange noted that "The true mysticism of which it speaks is accessible to all, if they are willing to follow the way of humility, the cross, continual prayer, and docility to the Holy Ghost." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The translation by Leo Sherley-Price (1952) is faithful to the original Latin and still accessible today.
Thomas A Kempis (1380 - 1471) spent 70 years a recluse in Monasteries and yet his passionate words of wisdom are just as valid today as they were then. This book has been renewing and reviving the faith in God for over 500 years now and it is a powerful work.
This book is filled with homespun wisdom, remove God and Jesus and we have a great work of philosophy, so please, if you are not religious, do not allow this work to stop your reading.
It has a cure for anxiety, turn away from consumerism. Overcome fear of death, name calling, pride, intellectualism. This book advocates turning away from material things, work hard, study hard, but care not about the opinions of others or looking clever.
Devote yourself to the spiritual, grow spiritually by reading and learning, work hard at modest and humble work and be judged by your actions, not your bank balance. An excellent read for our current difficult times.
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.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to take their Christian faith more seriously.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend this book to any one who wants to follow in the footsteps of Christ Jesus. It is one of the simplest and most straightforward version I have seen. . Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elderly London Customer
Unfortunately the font was too small to read and could not be altered on my kindle. The book appears to be photocopied. I was unable to read and so deleted.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Reading the Imitation of Christ is like looking into a mirror: you learn so many things about yourself that you may not have noticed before. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tony
Have only read a small amount due to having other books, but that small amount was excellent! Looking forward to continuing.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really felt that I was growing closer to God/ Jesus with each devotion.Published 5 months ago by TJ