Of the Imitation of Christ


Of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, is a widely read Christian spiritual book. It was first published anonymously, in Latin, ca. 1418; several other authors have been proposed, but Kempis' authorship is now generally accepted.

Imitation of Christ is a writing of the mysticist German-Dutch school of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and is widely considered one of the greatest manuals of devotion in Christianity.

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Of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, is a widely read Christian spiritual book. It was first published anonymously, in Latin, ca. 1418; several other authors have been proposed, but Kempis' authorship is now generally accepted.

Imitation of Christ is a writing of the mysticist German-Dutch school of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and is widely considered one of the greatest manuals of devotion in Christianity.

"Timeless truths about growing in Christlikeness and serving God with one's whole heart and life"--Provided by publisher.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604442724
  • Publisher: IndoEuropeanPublishing
  • Publication date: 6/25/2011
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

Book 1 Admonitions Useful for a Spiritual Life
Chapter 1. Contempt of All the Vanities of the World 11
Chapter 2. Humble Conceit of Ourselves 13
Chapter 3. Doctrine of Truth 14
Chapter 4. Forethought in Actions 17
Chapter 5. Read the Holy Scriptures 18
Chapter 6. Inordinate Affections 19
Chapter 7. Vain Hope and Pride 20
Chapter 8. Shun Familiarity 21
Chapter 9. Obedience and Subjection 22
Chapter 10. Avoid Superfluity in Words 23
Chapter 11. Obtain Peace, and Progress in Grace 25
Chapter 12. Profit of Adversity 27
Chapter 13. Resist Temptations 28
Chapter 14. Avoid Rash Judgment 31
Chapter 15. Works Done for Love 32
Chapter 16. Bear with the Defects of Others 34
Chapter 17. A Retired Life 35
Chapter 18. Examples of the Fathers 36
Chapter 19. Exercises of a Religious Person 39
Chapter 20. Love of Solitude and Silence 41
Chapter 21. Contrition of Heart 45
Chapter 22. Human Misery 47
Chapter 23. Meditation on Death 50
Chapter 24. Judgment, and the Punishment of Sinners 54
Chapter 25. Zealous Amendments of Life 57
Book 2 Admonitions Pertaining to Inward Things
Chapter 1. The Inward Life 63
Chapter 2. Humble Submission 66
Chapter 3. A Good, Peaceable Man 67
Chapter 4. Simplicity and Purity 69
Chapter 5. Consideration of Oneself 70
Chapter 6. The Joy of a Good Conscience 72
Chapter 7. The Love of Jesus Above All Things 74
Chapter 8. Familiar Converse with Jesus 75
Chapter 9. Want of All Comfort 78
Chapter 10. Gratitude for the Grace of God 81
Chapter 11. Lovers of the Cross of Jesus 83
Chapter 12. The King's Highway of the Holy Cross 85
Book 3 Internal Consolation
Chapter 1. Christ Speaks to the Faithful 95
Chapter 2. The Truth Speaks Inwardly 96
Chapter 3. The Words of God to Be Heard with Humility 98
Chapter 4. Live in Truth and Humility Before God 101
Chapter 5. The Wonderful Effect of Divine Love 103
Chapter 6. Proving a True Lover 106
Chapter 7. Conceal Grace Under the Guard of Humility 109
Chapter 8. A Mean Conceit of Ourselves 112
Chapter 9. All Things to Be Referred unto God 113
Chapter 10. Despise the World and Serve God 115
Chapter 11. Our Hearts Examined and Ruled 117
Chapter 12. The Growth of Patience in the Soul 119
Chapter 13. Obedience in Humble Subjection 121
Chapter 14. The Secret Judgments of God 122
Chapter 15. His Will in Everything 124
Chapter 16. True Comfort Found in God Alone 126
Chapter 17. All Anxieties Cast on God 127
Chapter 18. Temporal Miseries Borne Patiently 129
Chapter 19. Endurance of Injuries. Who Is Patient? 130
Chapter 20. Acknowledge Infirmity and the Miseries of Life 132
Chapter 21. Rest in God Above All Things 135
Chapter 22. God's Manifold Benefits 138
Chapter 23. Inward Peace 140
Chapter 24. Avoid Curious Inquiries 143
Chapter 25. Peace of Heart and True Spiritual Progress 144
Chapter 26. A Free Mind Won by Humble Prayer 146
Chapter 27. Private Love Hinders the Chiefest Good 147
Chapter 28. The Tongues of Slanderers 150
Chapter 29. Call Upon God When Tribulation Comes 151
Chapter 30. Seek Divine Aid, and Recover Grace 152
Chapter 31. Disregard of Creature 155
Chapter 32. Self-denial 157
Chapter 33. Inconstancy of Heart, and Final Intention 159
Chapter 34. God Is Sweet to Those Who Love Him 160
Chapter 35. No Security from Temptation 162
Chapter 36. The Vain Judgments of Men 164
Chapter 37. Resignation to Freedom of Heart 165
Chapter 38. Good Government, and Recourse to God in Danger 167
Chapter 39. Not Fretful in Business 168
Chapter 40. Man No Good of Himself 169
Chapter 41. Contempt of All Temporal Honor 171
Chapter 42. Our Peace Not Set on Men 172
Chapter 43. Against Vain and Worldly Knowledge 174
Chapter 44. Not Drawing Trouble from Outward Things 176
Chapter 45. Credit Not Given to All, and Man Prone to Offend in Words 177
Chapter 46. When the Arrows of Words Assail 180
Chapter 47. Grievous Things Endured 182
Chapter 48. Day of Eternity, and Life's Restrictions 184
Chapter 49. Desire of Eternal Life, and Rewards Promised 187
Chapter 50. A Desolate Man Ought to Offer Himself into the Hands of God 191
Chapter 51. Words of Humility 195
Chapter 52. Unworthy of Comfort, Deserving of Stripes 196
Chapter 53. The Grace of God Apart from Earthly Things 198
Chapter 54. Nature and Grace 200
Chapter 55. Corruption of Nature; Efficacy of Divine Grace 204
Chapter 56. Deny Self and Imitate Christ 207
Chapter 57. When Man Falls 209
Chapter 58. God's Secret Judgments 211
Chapter 59. Hope and Trust in God Alone 213
Book 4 A Devout Exhortation to the Holy Communion
Chapter 1. The Emblems of Christ Received with Reverence 219
Chapter 2. Goodness and Love of God Exhibited in This Sacrament 223
Chapter 3. Profitable to Communicate Often 226
Chapter 4. Benefits Bestowed 228
Chapter 5. Dignity of the Sacrament and Priestly Work 231
Chapter 6. Spiritual Exercise Before Communion 232
Chapter 7. Searching Our Own Conscience 233
Chapter 7. Searching Our Own Conscience 233
Chapter 8. The Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, and Resignation of Ourselves 235
Chapter 9. Offering Ourselves Wholly to God 236
Chapter 10. Communion Not to Be Taken Lightly 239
Chapter 11. The Blood of Christ and the Holy Scriptures Necessary 241
Chapter 12. Prepare with Great Diligence 244
Chapter 13. Seek Union-with Christ in the Sacrament 246
Chapter 14. The Desire of the Devout 247
Chapter 15. The Grace of Devotion 249
Chapter 16. Make Known Our Needs to Christ 251
Chapter 17. United with Christ 253
Chapter 18. Humility and Faith in the Holy Sacrament Prescribed 255
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First Chapter


HE THAT FOLLOWETH ME, shall not walk in darkness" (John 8:12), saith the Lord. These are the words of Christ, by which we are admonished how we ought to imitate His life and manners, if we would be enlightened and delivered from all blindness of heart. Let therefore our chief endeavor be to meditate upon the life of Jesus Christ. The doctrine of Christ exceeds all the doctrine of 'holy men; and be who has the Spirit will find therein "the hidden manna" (Rev. 2:17). But many who often bear the Gospel of Christ have little desire for it, because they "have not the Spirit of Christ" (Rom. 8:9). But whosoever will fully and with relish understand the words of Christ must endeavor to conform his life wholly to the life of Christ. What does it avail to discourse profoundly of the Trinity if you are void of humility and are thereby displeasing to the Trinity? Surely profound words do not make a man holy and just; but a virtuous life makes him dear to God. I would rather feel contrition than know the definition thereof. If you knew the whole Bible by heart, and the sayings of all the philosophers, what would all that profit you without love (I Cor. 13:2)? "Vanity of vanities . . . all is vanity" (Eccles. 1:2), except to love God and to serve Him only. This is the highest wisdom, by the contempt of the world to press forward toward heavenly kingdoms. Therefore it is vanity to seek after perishing riches and to trust in them. Also it is vanity to hunt after honors and to climb to high degree. It is vanity to follow the desires of the flesh, and to long after that for which you must afterward suffer grievous punishment. It is vanity to wish to live long, and to be careless to live well. It is vanity to mind only this present life, and not to foresee those things which are to come. It is vanity to set your love on that which speedily passes away, and not to hasten to where everlasting joy abides. Call often to mind that proverb: "The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing" (Eccles. 1:8). Endeavor therefore to withdraw your heart from the love of visible things, and to turn yourself to things invisible. For they that follow their own sensuality defile their consciences, and lose the grace of God.

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