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The Imitation of Christ: Illustrated With Illuminated Manuscripts [Hardcover]

By Thomas A. Kempis (Author)
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The Imitation of Christ has enjoyed greater popularity down the centuries than any Christian book apart from the Bible. Even today, the soul-searching words of the fifteenth-century monk, Thomas a Kempis, continue to resonate, unbounded by time or geography. Drawing on the Bible, the Fathers of the early Church and medieval mysticism, his four-part treatise shrugs off the allure of the material world, blending beauty and bluntness in a supremely spiritual call to arms. For this illustrated anthology, 40 memorable passages have been selected. Each excerpt is accompanied by exquisite art from one of the British Library's finest illuminated manuscripts, including the Sherborne Missal, the Luttrell Psalter and the Bedford Hours. The result is a book to fire and inspire all who delight in the remarkable writings of Thomas a Kempis. Illustrated.

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Studio: Ignatius Press
Pages   93
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 7.12" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 1, 2004
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  1586170112  
ISBN13  9781586170110  

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More About Thomas A. Kempis

Thomas A. Kempis Thomas a Kempis was born at Kempen, Germany, circa 1380. After joining the monastery of Mount St. Agnes in 1406, he received Holy Orders seven years later, and thereafter busied himself with prolific writing and copying work. His books include the well-known Imitation of Christ, Life of Geert Groote, and Life of Liduina of Schiedam, the latter of which he epitomized. He also possessed an earnest love for the poor and Holy Scripture. Thomas a Kempis died on the twenty-fifth of July, 1471.

Thomas A. Kempis was born in 1380 and died in 1471.

Thomas A. Kempis has published or released items in the following series...
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  3. Classic Wisdom Collection
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  5. Faith Classics
  6. Hendrickson Christian Classics
  7. Image Classic
  8. Mystics
  9. Paraclete Essentials
  10. Penguin Classics
  11. Upper Room Spiritual Classics Series 2

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The Imitation of Christ: Illustrated With Illuminated Manuscripts  Mar 5, 2008
This book takes excerpts from the larger work, "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas A. Kempis and sets them with beautiful, classical artwork. It was recommended to me by a spiritual advisor for the purpose of daily meditation. It is an excellent book to that end. The language remains in the archaic Christian form of "thou's", "followeth's" and "camest's" which slows the reading pace a bit. However, the message is powerful and used along with the readings of scripture, it will help in keeping one focused on the true values in life. Bro. Mac
Medieval Illustrations Set A Certain Tone That Fits This Work  Sep 9, 2005
This 18th century translation of the 500-year-old Christian classic has both beautiful Medieval illustrations and an archaic tone to its passages that work well together in removing the reader from the confines of contemporary life and putting them inside the mindset of the monk who wrote this meditation on imitating the life of Christ. This is the version of this work to have, in my opinion, far better than the endless, text-only editions of this we had to wade through in theology classes in high school. I've always liked The Imitation, even though I recognized early on that its lofty goals were absolute impossibilities for we imperfect mortals.
A Classic with Art!  Mar 21, 2004
The most widely read Christian book after the Bible now has glorious medieval illustrations on every page that complement the profound meditations by Thomas A Kempis. A wonderful book for spiritual reading, and also as a beautiful gift book. Divided up by several thematic spiritual topics, this book is great for just quiet meditation on how to better imitate Christ in our daily lives, and the pictures offer great images for helping the meditation. Just a handsome book all around. One of the best editions of this classic by A Kempis I have ever seen. Very highly recommended!
Breathtaking!  Mar 7, 2004
What a magnificent presentation of a magnificent book. The text here is the Challoner 1737 translation (the Douay Bible translation was Challoner's also) which is so beautiful and devotional and which fits perfectly with the incredible art on each page. This is not a large coffee-table-type book; it is meant to be used, to be prayed with, and even to be taken into church to read before the Blessed Sacrament.

Breathtaking...magnificent...beautiful...devotional: Ignatius Press has truly outdone themselves here. Don't miss out on this version of the "Imitation of Christ."


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