The Imitation of Christ: Selections Annotated & Explained

The Imitation of Christ: Selections Annotated & Explained

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Overview

Let Jesus's example of holiness, humility and purity of heart be a companion on your own spiritual journey.

Next to the Bible, The Imitation of Christ is the most widely read devotional work within the Christian community. Thought to be compiled by fifteenth-century cleric Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380–1471), this spiritual classic focuses the contemporary God-seeker on a religion of the heart—a vital connection with God in our innermost being. It advocates the cultivation of virtues, like humility and purity of intention, by inviting the spirit of Jesus to dwell richly in our lives. It emphasizes the need to translate that life of love into daily action.

Now you can experience the timeless wisdom of this spiritual classic with no previous knowledge of late medieval Christianity. This SkyLight Illuminations edition, based on John Wesley’s popular 1741 abridgment, renders these meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus in a way that is accessible to the contemporary reader. A substantive introduction and facing-page commentary places the work in its original context; clarifies the text’s roots in the Bible, the early Church, and medieval mysticism; and explains its influence—spanning five hundred years—on spiritual luminaries from saints to popes and its continuing significance today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594734694
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/22/2012
Series: SkyLight Illuminations
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Paul Wesley Chilcote, PhD, is academic dean and professor of historical theology and Wesleyan studies at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio. He enjoys a special relationship with Mt. Angel Abbey in Oregon as a Benedictine Oblate and is the author of many books, including Early Methodist Spirituality; Recapturing the Wesley's Vision: An Introduction to the Faith of John and Charles Wesley; and John&Charles Wesley: Selections from Their Writings and Hymns—Annotated&Explained (SkyLight Paths).


Thomas à Kempis (also known as Thomas Hemerken) d. 1471, was a late medieval Catholic monk.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Introduction xv

BOOK I
The Life of the Soul
1. The Imitation of Christ 3
2. Humility 5
3. Truth 7
4. Prudence 9
5. Scripture 11
6. Vanity and Pride 13
7. Peace 15
8. Temptation 17
9. Works of Charity 21
10. Long-Suffering 23
11. Holy Forebears 25
12. Solitude and Silence 29
13. Discipline 31
14. Mortality 33
15. The Consequences of Sin 37
16. Transformation 39

BOOK II
The Interior Life
1. The Interior Life 43
2. Humble Submission 47
3. Peace and Goodness 49
4. Simplicity and Purity 51
5. Self-Understanding 53
6. A Good Conscience 55
7. Love of Jesus 57
8. Friendship with Jesus 59
9. Divine Comfort 61
10. Gratitude 65
11. The Cross of Christ 67
12. The Royal Way 69

BOOK III
The Comfort of the Heart
1. Christ Speaks 75
2. The Internal Voice 77
3. God's Word 79
4. Truth and Humility 81
5. Divine Love 83
6. Free Grace 87
7. God's Service 89
8. Human Desires 91
9. Entrusting All to God 93
10. Resting in God 95
11. Causes of Peace 99
12. Dangers in Self-Absorption 101
13. God’s All-Sufficiency 103
14. Freedom of Heart 105
15. Brokenness in Life 107
16. Wisdom 109
17. Eternal Life 111
18. Surrender 113
19. True Self-Knowledge 115
20. Nature and Grace 117
21. The Optimism of Grace 119
22. Self-Denial 121
23. Encouragement 123
24. Deep Mysteries 125
25. Hope and Trust in God Alone 127

BOOK IV
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
1. Reverence for Christ 131
2. God’s Goodness and Love 135
3. Frequent Communion 139
4. A Table of Blessing 143
5. The Dignity of the Sacrament 147
6. Examination of Conscience 149
7. Sacrifice and the Meal 151
8. Offering All to God 153
9. An Essential Meal 155
10. Preparation for Communion 159
11. Union with Christ 163
12. Communion 165
13. Humility and Sacramental Devotion 167
14. Yearning for God’s Grace 169
15. Fervent Love 173
Notes 176
Suggestions for Further Study 177
Comparison of Editions 178
Scripture Index 182

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