For all seekers desiring an intimate knowledge of Christ. May we all commit to be this effective in our emulation of Jesus. Written by the Augustinian monk Thomas à Kempis between 1420 and 1427, it contains clear instructions for renouncing word Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Its goals are lofty, but its understanding of human nature is deep. He to whom the Eternal Word speaks is free from theorizing. Without this Word no man understands or judges aright.
Rather, it is through God's grace that he allows us into his presence, and this is something that is completely missed in this book. The man loved God and he pours out his heart on the pages. Portions of the publication may be reproduced for noncommercial, local church or ministry use without prior permission. No wonder people get the wrong view of Christianity 10 April 2010 I read this book for church history and I really did not like it. For me they are the super-humans who are different from all of us. He alone can safely speak who prefers to be silent. What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Do not ask, 'Who said this?.
I learned a lot from his example and passion for the faith. He focuses so entirely on the inward life that he forgets that Christians are to be amongst the people, pointing others to Jesus Christ, and encouraging fellow believers. Moody Classics Of all the factors influencing our spiritual growth and development, pivotal books play a key role. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. He is truly great who has great charity. The mystery of the Church, therefore, does not come into view either. If there is good in you, see more good in others, so that you may remain humble.
I read this back in 2006. Just as desiring nothing outside you produces internal peace within you, so the internal renunciation of yourself unites you to God. Next to the Bible, this book is the most-published--and most deeply cherished--book in any language. Do what lies in your power and God will aid your good will. Not my native language, and I'm a long way from Latvia now, so I don't get to practice it.
For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. The book was admired by the following individuals: Saint , Chancellor of England and renowned humanist who was executed by King of England; Saint , founder of the ; and twentieth century American Catholic author and monk,. For a long time after I kept a copy of Imitation close at hand and read the parts I liked constantly. Men pass away, but the truth of the Lord remains forever. But I think I'd rather read an Imitation of St. New York: Robert Appleton Company. I'm serious, it's a good book.
I read bits and parts of it as I needed. It has been said that Thomas used or alluded to more than a thousand Scriptures. There is depth and beauty in a Kempis' faith that taught me much. This modern translation is direct and concise, yet retains a deep devotional flavor. Yes, it's really, really Catholic. Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review. You can always get yourself a copy and just read what appeals to you.
I keep that with my Bible. It would be difficult to overstate the impact this book has had on me. We ought not to be swayed by the authority of the writer, whether he be a great literary light or an insignificant person, but by the love of simple truth. I had no idea it has had such an enormous impact on the Church for centuries. Grace is interspersed among the many repentant prayers found within the volume, but the exhortations to live a holy life felt a tiny bit more pronounced than the encouragement of a free, grace-filled life or maybe that's just what hit me harder as I read. A Kempis lived as intentionally as he wrote.
Others have already taken their places and I know not whether they ever think of their predecessors. But his words throughout this devotional seem to belie his own stated hope in Jesus Christ alone. If you have good pastoral psychology background, hence, this will be a good book for you. That might be a familiar message in churches today, but this volume illustrates it in concrete, palpable ways that grate against the listening soul. That might be a familiar message in churches today, but this volume illustrates it in concrete, palpable ways that grate against the listening soul.
For questions, contact the Institute: 703. This is, for me, the summation o When I do not remember who to be, or how to live, or what to think, then it is best for me to recall this book. For someone who goes so far wrong sometimes and he really does , when a Kempis gets things right, he hits the nail dead on the head. Even so, I think Jesus meant it when he said to deny ourselves and take up our crosses daily but mention that to a modern evangelical and watch them recoil in horror. This little book calls the reader to a life of intensity and discipline in following Christ.