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The Imitation of Christ (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Thomas A Kempis has given us a gem for the ages. Do not be put off by the title. This book is not so much about being perfect as it is about experiencing intimacy with Christ and being a Christ follower.

All I can say is no matter what section of this book you decide to read (it is like reading a devotional), you will be impacted. The book is divided into four sections: (1) Thoughts helpful in the life of the soul (2) The interior life (3) Internal consolation (4) An in...
All I can say is no matter what section of this book you decide to read (it is like reading a devotional), you will be impacted. The book is divided into four sections: (1) Thoughts helpful in the life of the soul (2) The interior life (3) Internal consolation (4) An invitation to holy communion. The cultivation of the interior life in the pursuit of Christ and his kingdom is what this book is all about. It is for those who "hunger and thirst for righteousness." If you are one of those people, chances are you will be so challenged and impacted on your first reading that you will not be able to put it down.

posted by John-Mark on December 7, 2009

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5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Be warned: this is NOT a modern "translation"

I bought the hard copy version years ago and found it tedious reading because the language was so archaic that it became a barrier to understanding what Thomas a Kempis was saying to his audience in the 1500s. I don't believe I ever finished it.

I bought this electr...
I bought the hard copy version years ago and found it tedious reading because the language was so archaic that it became a barrier to understanding what Thomas a Kempis was saying to his audience in the 1500s. I don't believe I ever finished it.

I bought this electronic version only because the editorial review said that the language had been updated. It has not! Not in this particular manuscript... not at all. Beyond random "--eth"s and a broad assortment of "thou" and "thy", the sentence structure often obscures meaning. I'm sorry to say that this edition is not what I thought it would be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Be warned: this is NOT a modern "translation"

    I bought the hard copy version years ago and found it tedious reading because the language was so archaic that it became a barrier to understanding what Thomas a Kempis was saying to his audience in the 1500s. I don't believe I ever finished it.

    I bought this electronic version only because the editorial review said that the language had been updated. It has not! Not in this particular manuscript... not at all. Beyond random "--eth"s and a broad assortment of "thou" and "thy", the sentence structure often obscures meaning. I'm sorry to say that this edition is not what I thought it would be.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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