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The Imitation of Christ (Penguin Classics) by [Kempis, Thomas A.]
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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)

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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."


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  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 156 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1785161539
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  • Publisher: Salty Brine Software (19 Jun. 2008)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
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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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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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As with most literature, I stumbled upon the imitation of Christ; which was surprising as some people put it second only to the Holy bible and I can understand why after reading this superb book.

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.
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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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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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For those wishing to develop their Christian faith and to deepen their understanding of what it is meant to be truly Christ-like (a lofty and challenging aspiration in this 21st century) then this little book of Thomas A Kempis (1380 - 1471) may be for you. But be warned! This is not for the feeble or fickle or novice Catholic/Christian. Its ‘simplicity' will strip you of many preconceived (prideful) notions that you are leading a good life and that you are a good Christian (I suspect many will find this reality check a little too much to handle and will put this little book down after only reading the first couple of pages). A reminder that the path to Sainthood is never an easy path.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to take their Christian faith more seriously.
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This book is a thought-provoking exploration on man's relationship with God. It offers no simple answers, but is a meditation upon the path we must tread if we wish to achieve spiritual fulfilment in the world via the life and guidance of Jesus' teachings. Written a number of centuries ago it still has much relevance for any wishing to truly live in Christ, but be warned this is not a quick-fix guide.
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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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