The Imitation of Christ: the First English Translation of the 'Imitatio Christi'

The Imitation of Christ: the First English Translation of the 'Imitatio Christi'

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Overview

The Imitatio Christi, probably written by Thomas à Kempis in the 1420s, has become one of the most popular texts of Christian devotion. This new edition of its first English translation, made in the mid-fifteenth century, includes an introduction, explanatory notes, and a glossary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780197223123
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 02/06/2003
Series: Early English Text Society Original Series , #309
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Trinity College, Oxford

Table of Contents

Introduction, Text, Explanatory Notes, Glossary

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The Imitation of Christ 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
JulieBulie More than 1 year ago
This book has over a hundred chapters by topic but this particular edition doesn't include the table of contents! Your nook will only list the "go to" chapters by number and you'll have no idea what the topics are. I'm sharing this so that others don't waste their money. It's unfortunate this information isn't available until you purchase a non-refundable ebook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put, this book changed my life.
1_Mystical_Rose More than 1 year ago
A beautiful and inspiring guide to living in the Image of Christ. This book is simply structured by specific topics, short entries and scriptural citations. A "must have read" for enriching your prayer life and deepening your relationship with God.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I prefer this translation because it is the most penetrating, thought provoking, and most to the point. Comments on the book listed under various translations are not exaggerations. The book is applicable to all ages to all people, even non-Christians. The truths are basic, self-evident, and universal. You have already read or heard much content in other forms, but it is simply much better than anything you have ever read or heard on the myriad of ethical and moral issues. It is founded on basic Christian morality and theology, true, but non-Christians will appreciate and love the words as well. They may be surprised to find that they cherish every word as much (maybe in some cases more) than most Christians, regardless of some theology they do not agree with. I have also reviewed the other most recent translations. The one edited and translated by Joseph N. Tylenda is also well written, and I recommend you purchase both books and compare the two to one another. Keep the Tylenda book for its preface and introduction, and keep this one for the clearer, easier-to-understand content (a matter of taste, which is why you should buy both). This book is small, durable, compact in size and content, and has excellent quality paper. It is also among the least expensive, which has no relationship to its quality; paying more does not necessarily equate to being superior in quality. In my opinion, after comparing, you will buy multiple copies of this compact, maroon book for all your close friends as gifts.
Borg-mx5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A profound meditation on the interior life and sin.
seoulful on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although written in the 15th century to a mainly monastic audience, The Imitation of Christ has great relevance for anyone today seeking a deeper spiritual life. His counsels are not easy to read and apply to one's life for his basic premise is dying to self which he explains with great clarity lest anyone should be slow to understand. Thomas a Kempis speaks as one who has struggled mightily with his own passions and demons, "The war against our vices and passions is harder than any physical toil; and whoever fails to overcome his lesser faults will gradually fall into greater. Your evenings will always be tranquil if you have spent the day well. Watch yourself, bestir yourself, admonish yourself and whatever others may do, never neglect your own soul. The stricter you are with yourself, the greater is your spiritual progress." These are not the words that people in any age are interested in hearing and yet he continues to draw large audiences more than five centuries later. There is a power in his writing because he has put into practice the difficult words of Jesus and thereby achieved a position of authority to teach others.
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
A Classic. An essential read for any devout Christian wanting to enhance their devotion to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
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