The Imitation of Christ
Thomas à Kempis
1379 or 1380-1471
Author of The Imitation of Christ; Thomas was an Augustinian Monk, and a Disciple of Gerard Groot. Thomas was a member of Groot's Brethren of the Common Life, and a proponent of Groot's teachings, called The Devotio Moderna, of which The Imitation of Christ is the best example.
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The Imitation of Christ:
Preface by Sally Cunneen.
Edited and translated by Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.
©1984, 1998 by Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.
Published by Vintage Spiritual Classics., Random House, Inc. __________________
This is a modern language version of The Imitation of Christ. There are many other older versions (using "thee" and "thou") and other modern and even modern paraphrase versions. __________________
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Author: Thomas à Kempis
"The religious who meditates devoutly on the most holy life and passion of our Lord will find all that he needs to make his life worthwhile.
In fact, he has no need to go beyond Jesus, for he will discover nothing better.
If Jesus Crucified would come into our hearts, how quickly and perfectly we would be instructed in the spiritual life."
-Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ (Book I: Chapter 25)
Meditation on the Spiritual Life
Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. This meditation on the spiritual life...written by the Augustinian monk Thomas à Kempis between 1420 and 1427, contains clear instructions for renouncing worldly vanities and locating eternal truths. No book has more explicitly and movingly described the Christian ideal, "My son, to the degree that you can leave yourself behind, to that degree will you be able to enter into me."
(-From the Book's Back Cover) ______________________________
Excerpted below are the opening sentences of
The Imitation of Christ and Contempt for the Vanities of the World
"Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness," says the Lord. These are Christ's own words by which He exhorts us to imitate His life and His ways, if we truly desire to be enlightened and free of all blindness of heart. Let it then be our main concern to meditate on the life of Jesus Christ... ______________________________
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The Imitation of Christ
How can this be? Thomas à Kempis in this book talks almost solely about Jesus, and the importance of putting Christ first in the spiritual life of the believer. How to grow in Christ is the theme of this book. It is not an intellectual study, it is a book of the heart. We love this book, and highly recommend it as an aid to any Christian's spiritual growth.
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