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The Imitation of Christ: A Timeless Classic for Contemporary Readers Paperback – October, 1989


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press; 6th Printing edition (October 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877934118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877934110
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,199,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Latin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is a great book and Creasy did a wonderful job with his interpretation.
MAY ROBINSON
Indeed, one of the wonderful things about this work is that it reminds us that the life of the mind is not a creature of the Enlightenment.
Stephen M. Bainbridge
I highly recommend this book to anyone who truly wants to TRY to imitate Christ, accepting that it is impossible.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. Haag on January 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
This translation helps the words of this prolific and devout writer come alive for the reader in very profound ways. The suggestions, arguments, insights, and pronouncements of Thomas a Kempis have very modern and immediate applications. His "dialogs" with Jesus can sing with love, longing, and awe or speak plainly to the very practical. This is an accessible book of meditations that offers inspiration and comfort in a language that brings the 15th century straight into the 21st. It's a book to keep and savor over and over again.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Brad Shorr on June 27, 2002
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Thomas a Kempis lived in a world torn asunder by the Plague, political upheaval, and deep crisis in the Church-a world perhaps not so different from ours. Thomas chose to leave his embattled world for the monastery and devote his life to God. Escapism? Retreat? Hardly. Thomas shows us with great pain, passion, and eloquence how monastic life is the ultimate battle, that between the spirit and the flesh, with stakes no less than one's eternal salvation. "Imitations" teaches us how to be humble before God and each other, and how to live in a manner pleasing to God. It offers up devotional prayers that help us move toward a real and meaningful relationship with Jesus. And in Book Four, it provides profound reflections on the Eucharist that, for Catholics, take this Sacrament to a whole new level of significance, mystery, and beauty.
In many ways the book is not comforting, for it offers no easy answers. Instead, it challenges us to look at our thoughts and actions with utmost clarity and honesty. This is neither easy nor comfortable, but in the end, our only road to peace. Thomas's writing has certainly stood the test of time. After over five hundred years, his words still ring true, and loudly.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 1998
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The Bible is THE book, but this book is definitely second in my opinion. I read a portion of it every day with my Bible reading. It has changed my life. My first choice for "best book ever read".
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Bainbridge on March 9, 2001
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Thomas a Kempis was medival monk and priest (1380-1471) who served as chronicler of the monastery at Mt. St. Agnes. During his long life of scholarship, he wrote several biographies of church fathers and a number of devotional works. The "Imitation of Christ" remains his most famous work and the one that has best stood the test of time. Indeed, one of the wonderful things about this work is that it reminds us that the life of the mind is not a creature of the Enlightenment. Even during the so-called Dark Ages there were brilliant scholars with a wide knowledge of both scripture and philosophy. Reflecting its vibrant insight into the human condition, the "Imitation of Christ" remains influential on both sides of the Reformation divide. It reportedly was, for example, one of John Wesley's favorite devotionals.
The "Imitation of Christ" is divided into 4 books, each undertaking a basic theme for development. They are, respectively, the Spiritual Life, the Inner Life, Inward Consolation, and the Blessed Sacrament (i.e., the Eucharist). In turn, each book is sub-divided into numerous chapters, each a page or two long. All of which makes the "Imitation of Christ" a useful book for daily devotionals. One can skip around freely within the book, dipping in as the mood strikes. Yet, I think one is well-served by reading it through at least once. Only then does one see Thomas' thought in its fully-developed form
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
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Dr. Creasy's academic knowledge in literature, writing style and Biblical knowledge and his personal commitment to follow Christ have made this translation priceless. I have been an active student in Dr. Creasy's Bible Study classes, getting to know Dr. Creasy personally have enable me to fully understand the profound depth of Thomas Kempis's original work. Dr. Creasy's translation enable me to apply and understand the true meaning of being a born again Christian.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Boyd on November 26, 2001
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This is one of the best spiritual exercises in history, especially for teachers, students, theologians, missionaries, and anyone involved in teaching of any sort. Thomas' words provoke deep thoughtfulnes and concern in ones sprituality, and remind us to be vigilant in our service to the Truth.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Platonicus on July 3, 2001
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This work is a solid foundation for devotion - good faith, good works, and humility. The teachings of Kempis place an emphasis on leaving the ego behind to serve others with purity of heart and mind. This book, made for catholics, also found its place on the shelves and in the hearts of protestants aswell...namely for its copious biblical literalism. The beauty of this book lies in its appeal to all who wish to follow Christ...its amiable in its nature and works wherever you wish to serve Him. Just pick up a copy and see why this book is only second to the Bible in copies printed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jonmduck@hci.net on October 10, 1997
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This book is great for anyone on a personal spiritual quest. Kempis asks some very thought provoking questions: Have I ever accepted the reality of some of Christ's qualities that I seemed to have overlooked? Am I striving to follow the Holy Example of Christ? _The Imitation of Christ_ could easily be called _The Intimate-tion with Christ_ because Kempis makes you re-examine how intimate your relationship with Christ actually is.
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