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The Imitation of Christ: How Jesus Wants Us to Live - A Contemporary Version Hardcover – November 21, 2000
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There is much to be praised about both the original and the translation. I did find myself arguing with the book on many of the pages. I don't believe that we are just passing time here on earth and waiting for life in heaven to fulfill us, that we should despise this life. Just as often, though, the words hit their mark and resonated. I received a great benefit from the constant reminders to examine motives, deny myself, and take up my cross. Its design makes it perfect for short readings.
Griffin's clever phrases captured and delighted me. Here are some samples:
-- Toad I must be, O Lord, and toad I must remain. Why? Because I toed the mark and failed. Of course, I could have toadied up to You, Lord God of all amphibians, but even in this I failed.
-- Grace and Charity have this way of clearing the floor of cranks and releasing all the warmths of the soul.
-- If you think of yourself as an ant, and really despise your antics, and don't antagonize others, and prefer to be squished under foot than crowned king of the world--then that's something to be truly proud of.
-- Drown me in Love, my Lord, that I may learn how smooth and swimming it is to love.
-- Yes, consolation's a good thing, but not all consolations are good. We're succored by some, but suckered by others.
-- Dust up and empty out that place within, and don't leave behind any fur balls. Strip bare your soul, and purify your heart first; then you'll have some time to see how sweet the Lord is.Read more ›
Lastly Griffin's marked departure from the more traditional translations made me constantly question the veracity of his translation. In other words how much of Kempis did Griffin actually translate versus how much is paraphrased? This said, for some people who are looking for a novel paraphrase of Kempis this may be what you are looking for. However, for me I have found that Aloysius Croft's, Joseph Tylenda's and Ronald Knox's translations are far, far superior to Griffin's novel paraphrase of Kempis.
The Imitation of Christ has 4 sections: the spiritual life, the interior life, internal consolation, and the sacrament of the altar. One who follows the footprints left in sand by Christ must be ready to endure, and even suffer, trials and tribulations without recoil. Kempis says, "those who can't withstand temptations become the shipwrecked, cast adrift forever."
This book calls attention to a process of spiritual progression attained through diligent practice. A person must want to change. "Change your ways, give yourself a fresh coat of paint, convert yourself. Do all this, and you'll find the Cross before it finds you." This is much more than a symbolic "baptism" where one, in a moment of so called "utter clarity", accepts Jesus as his/her savior. No, this entails a commitment, a lifelong determination which cannot waver. This book can be life changing, if approached with an open mind. Enjoy!
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It's a very good book to have if you are trying to live a life more like Jesus and find internal peace.Published 9 months ago by Toni
Good condition. Only a few nondescript notes. Satisfied with purchase.Published 15 months ago by BettyD
An awesome must have book for anyone wanting to know Jesus and this intent of His ministry. Also how this impacts me today.Published on May 3, 2014 by religion teacher
I expected more of a modern translation than a modern interpretation. Perhaps it is not possible to make Thomas more accessible.Published on May 24, 2013 by Mary Flynn Wilson
I purchased several copies to give to friends. Thomas a Kempis outlines the path for the Christian walk. Read morePublished on October 16, 2010 by Oscar Cury
The Imitation of Christ is one of the greatest devotional books of the Christian faith, but the beauty of the prose is completely lost in this rendering.Published on October 29, 2008 by JD