Imitation of Christ by Thomas A. Kempis

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Outside the Scriptures themselves, no work is more enduring than Imitation of Christ
Of all the works within the Christian Heritage Library, there are few more enduring works than “Imitation of Christ.” Written by Thomas a` Kempis an Augustine monk, living in late and early 13th and 1400’s with the intended audience of his fellow cloistered brothers for a continual instruction and ready reference.
Thomas’s intention as he points out within this text, was to redirect and be as a guide for those of the cloistered community. As a scribe, he was easily accessible to numerous manuscripts, from which he selected numerous instructions, which he formulated into a four part treatise. The format of a four part formulary was consistent with numerous other books and manuscript, which he was busily about copying, editing and cataloguing.
In time, this work has found its way into numerous language around the world, and adorning many bookshelves of those both within the vowed vocations and the laity at large.
Much like its “fraternal twin,” “Treatise of the Spiritual Life,” this translation is one of the best my eyes have savored, this work is well laid out, and the verbiage choices are superb while the reader is not lost nor impelled with numerous unreasonable ascetic practices. Within these pages resides some of the best spiritual instruction for the layperson I have yet had the pleasure to peruse. The effort of the author is focused on the parishioners of his and the surrounding communities in seeking a more devout life, while remaining in their current vocation, regardless of marital status.
We trust you will agree this is indeed not only a marvelous piece of spiritual literature, but is indeed the Fraternal Twin of “Treatise of the Spiritual Life”.


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Thomas A Kempis (1379/80-1471) was a member of the Brethren, priest, Augustinian monk, author of a dozen books, and copyist extraordinaire. He lived at and was a member of the Windesheim congregation at Agneitenberg monastery in the Netherlands for more than seventy years.
Published December 6, 2008 by Revelation Insight. 209 pages
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There is grace ("Grace teaches truth, monitors the monastery, illumines the soul, lightens pressure, banishes sadness, reduces fear, nourishes devotion, produces tears."), but also the believer's efforts to change ("Change your ways, give yourself a fresh coat of paint, convert yourself.

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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-r...

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