Item description for The Imitation Of Christ (Hendrickson Christian Classics) by Thomas A. Kempis...
Overview Next to the Bible itself, The Imitation of Christ is the most-published-and most deeply cherished-book in any language. For nearly 600 years, these thoughtful meditations on Jesus' life and teachings offer practical guidance on the central task of the Christian life: learning day by day to live like Jesus. This modern translation is direct and concise, yet retains a deep devotional flavor.
Publishers Description "This is not everyone's favorite, but its on everyone's list. This is the most widely published and read book on spirituality in our tradition. It is amazing how well its medieval monkishness carries over into the modern world. When Dag Hammarskjold was killed in an airplane crash in Africa, the books found in his briefcase were the Bible and "The Imitation."" --Eugene Peterson, from his book Take and Read Next to the Bible itself, "The Imitation of Christ "is the most-published--and most deeply cherished--book in any language. For nearly 600 years, these thoughtful meditations on Jesus' life and teachings offer practical guidance on the central task of the Christian life: learning day by day to live like Jesus. This modern translation is direct and concise, yet retains a deep devotional flavor. Every Christian library needs the classics--the timeless books that have spoken powerfully to generations of believers. Now Hendrickson Christian Classics allows readers to build an essential classics library in affordable modern editions. Each volume is freshly retypeset for reading comfort, while thoughtful new introductions place each in historical and spiritual context. Attractive, classically bound covers look great together on the shelf. Best of all, value pricing makes this series easy to own. Planned to span the spectrum of Christian wisdom through the ages, Hendrickson Christian Classics sets a new standard for quality and value.
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.67 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2004
Publisher HENDRICKSON PUBLISHER #40
Edition Value Price
Series Hendrickson Christian Classics
ISBN 1565634365 ISBN13 9781565634367
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More About Thomas A. Kempis
Thomas a Kempis was a medieval monk and priest (1380-1471) who served as chronicler of the monastery at Mt. St. Agnes. During his long life of scholarship, he wrote several biographies of church fathers and a number of devotional works. The Imitation of Christ, from which The Inner Life is taken, remains his most famous work.
Thomas A. Kempis was born in 1380 and died in 1471.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Imitation Of Christ (Hendrickson Christian Classics)?
Words to Live By. Nov 22, 2008
An excellent commentary on the life of Christ and living in his image. Reminded me to look back at myself and remove "self" from that person I see. A timeless piece of literature.
Imitation of Christ Sep 7, 2008
The title of the book was somewhat misleading to me. I didn't realize it was written by a monk which is an entirely different way of life than a woman living in today's world. It was a difficult read and, quite candidly, I couldn't finish it. I gave the book away.
More Christian than most churches... Aug 11, 2008
If you have ever wanted to actually get to the core of Christianity as Jesus taught it, this book is for you. If you have begun to see that what the church teaches is about domination and control of the masses, and you have a notion that maybe instead of praying to an idol, you might want to follow in the steps of Christ instead (as he suggested), read this book. It's also a beautiful way to start your day and highly recommended for morning meditations.
Imitate Christ by living a spiritual life May 18, 2008
This wonderful book was written by the priest Thomas a Kempis in the 1400's and is very reminecient of the Apostle Paul's writings by encouraging readers to live a simple spiritual life. It recommends that peace is found in the heart of the humble and that in overcoming the ego you overcome the world. Joy is found in a quiet conscience and you are only happy when you have done what is right. This may also be the original source of the advice to choose the less of two evils. It also warns that pleasure and desire carry the seeds of sorrow. This book is spiritual focusing on living the inner life and not getting entangled with the world. A must read for all Christians or anyone on a spiritual path.
A Catholic book with a Protestant veneer from the publisher Jan 2, 2008
"The Imitation of Christ" will raise you up through humility and, if you let it, conform you more closely to Christ in love and self-denial. This is a nicely-bound edition, and affordable, which is why I purchased it. To my surpise, however, the publisher, Hendrickson Christian Classics, had inserted a fairly blatantly Protestant preface before the actual text of the holy work by Thomas a Kempis. They should know that if it is indeed a classic, the text should be allowed to speak for itself.
The two-star rating, therefore, is due not to the value of "The Imitation of Christ" per se, but due to the imperfection of this edition because of the publisher.
I did not read the whole of the actual work, but the parts of the translation I did read don't seem to water down Thomas's wisdom for a so-called "contemporary" audience. (That is only a cursory impression, however.) So, if you are Protestant and don't mind someone asking you to read a work through the lens they provide, this edition is probably a good choice. Be warned, however, that the faith described in the "Imitation of Christ" is the Catholic faith - so be ready to convert. I am a convert myself; we will welcome you with open arms. God bless you.