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Imitation of Christ, Burgundy, Cloth


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ISBN13: 9780899423203

ISBN10: 9780899423203


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  • After the bible, this is the touchstone and probably the best-loved book of Christianity.
    Its author, Thomas ?á Kempis (1380, 1471), had a wide knowledge of the Scriptures and classical philosophy, and although most of his life was spent in a Dutch monastery, he also possessed a deep understanding of human nature. His acquired wisdom convinced him of mans complete dependence on Gods love and the empty futility of life without it. The book has exercised a profound influence for over 500 years, and Thomas More, Ignatius Loyola and John Wesley are among the many who have acknowledged their debt to it.

    The Imitation of Christ by Thomas ?Ç Kempis needs no introduction. For more than five centuries it has been the most popular spiritual book second only to the Sacred Scriptures. It presents the fundamental principles of the spiritual life. The Christian soul is invited to follow Christ Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. As we study its contents we are convinced that without that Way there is no going, without that Truth there is no knowing, without that Life there is no real living.

    This translation by Bishop Challoner, who revised the Douay-Rheims Bible in the 1740s, is the most beautiful and edifying available. The Imitation of Christ speaks to the soul of every Christian, reminding him of the brevity of earthly joy compared to the eternity of happiness with God. This spiritual classic belongs to every Christian library.

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    This is not everyones favorite, but its on everyones list. This is the most widely published and read book on spirituality in our tradition. It is amazing how well its medieval monkishness carries over into the modern world. When Dag Hammarskjold was killed in an airplane crash in Africa, the books found in his briefcase were the Bible and The Imitation.'

    , Eugene Peterson, from his book Take and Read

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