The Imitation of Christ [Christmas Summary Classics]

The Imitation of Christ [Christmas Summary Classics]

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by Thomas à Kempis
     
 

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THOMAS À KEMPIS
The Imitation of Christ
Thomas à Kempis, whose family name was Haemmerlein, received the name of Kempis from Kempen, in Holland, the place of his birth. Either Thomas Haemmerlein or Thomas Kempensis would be a more correct name than the form "à Kempis," by which he is generally known; and "Musica Ecclesiastica" is the more correct title of the "Imitatio Christi." It is not even certain that Thomas was the author of it, for the names of other authors have been put forward with more or less probability; but he was certainly its copyist, and the balance of evidence is in favour of his authorship. Thomas was born in 1379, the son of a shoemaker; entered in 1400 a monastery at Agnetenberg, near Zwolle, and died in the monastery on August 8, 1471, with a great reputation for learning and for sanctity. The "Imitation" was completed about 1420. Editions and translations in all principal languages are innumerable; but the definitive edition is the Latin text by Dr. Carl Hirsche, of Hamburg (1874), from which the following epitome has been made. The "Imitation" consists of four books of meditations, which are among the most priceless treasures of Christian literature.

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ISBN-13:
9781494814816
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/27/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.07(d)

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The Imitation of Christ. 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
John-Mark More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As Msgr. Ronald Knox once said, if you find 'The Imitation' an 'easy read' then you're probably not getting much out of it. It's a tough book and it took me a long time to appreciate it. But at some point Thomas a Kempis' approach really hit home and became a source of joyful and profound meditation. I've sampled numerous versions of 'The Imitation,' but I prefer the Penguin edition for its readability and scholarliness.
Elphaba71 More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book to read and refer back to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Comparing the Latin text to the Penguin and Vintage translations, one finds in the 'vanity' section of chapter 1 that the Penguin actually leaves out the first sentence! The Vintage renders it 'It is vanity to seek riches that are sure to perish and put your hope in them.' The Penguin goes straight to the vanity of soliciting/pursuing honors. If the Penguin omits an entire sentence from the 1st paragraph, what else is wrong with it? Yikes. Try the Vintage Spiritual Classics edition (tr. Tylenda).
English_Privateer More than 1 year ago
This book can change your life. It is written in small, readable and digestable chapters that will have a great impact on you life and the way you view life. It will help you to follow in Christ's footsteps.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Buttercup_Ueda More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect how much I'd enjoy a book written by a monk from the 1400s. There were a lot of themese I could relate to my life. Excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe that anyone who attentively reads this book will learn of a better life,a fulfilling life that only the love of God can bring to you. Conform your heart,mind and soul to live the life described in this book and the eternal blessedness of Heaven will await you!I have bought this book several times because I feel that someone else needs to read it also but I don't want to be without a copy.Oh how I wish I knew of this treasure before....well better late than never.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book in hard cover copy right 1993, but could not understand it. I then got this one and it was easyer to understand. This is done in the old English style and the hard cover was in a newer English version. Try it out. :-)
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sarahsweaver More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I read it very slowly so as to savor every word. This book is #1 on my list of favorite Christian books. (Okay, #2, after the Bible. You will not regret investing in this book!
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What a great book for reading and studying. It is written for the heart and the mind. It's a true reflection of how to accept Christ personally.
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The Imitation of Christ is a spiritual classic and is not meant to be read cover to cover. Even if you read just a paragraph at a time, and take the time to meditate upon what you've read, it will help to bring you closer to Christ in your daily life.
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