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This SkyLight Illuminations edition is based on John Wesley's popular The Chrstian's Pattern, a 1741 abridgement of the Christian classic by Thomas a Kempis (1380-1471). The selections have been annotated and explained by Paul Wesley Chilcote, academic dean and professor of historical theology and Wesleyan studies at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio.
In the introduction, Chilcote discusses the text as an exploration of affective spirituality which stems from the heart. Thomas a Kempis wants believers to imitate Jesus Christ by growing into his full measure. He presents two dispositions as having a central role in Christian formation — humility and purity.
The Imitation of Christ is divided into four sections:
• The Life of the Soul • The Interior Life • The Comfort of the Heart • The Sacrament of Holy Communion
In his astute commentaries on pages opposite the text, Chilcote covers this devotional work's Biblical roots and its wide-ranging influence over the last 500 years.
We found a lot to ponder in these pages including the idea that comparing ourselves to others and trying to control them are two roadblocks to peace in life; that spiritual maturity comes from grace and not our own efforts; that solitude is a worthy spiritual practice; that the true test of goodness is to love the unlovable; and that Jesus provides the perfect model for putting others first.