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My Imitation of Christ: Confraternity of the Precious Blood Version Paperback – 1982

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Confraternity of the Precious Blood (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615332374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615332376
  • ASIN: B000B874NW
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 3.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Confraternity of the Precious Blood's version of My Imitation of Christ is perfection. It comes in a handy pocket-size, and it is managable when read one chapter at a time (just a page or two). They are little nibbles of spirituality that can be read in the morning, reflected on throughout the day, and built on. With time, it is much like chipping away at the block of old, bad habits and slowly molding and practicing new, better ones. The practice of perfection in virtue can be overwhelming, but My Imitation of Christ is inspiring and deeply provoking. This is not a book about Catholic rituals and prayers - this is a book about what it means to be Christian, or Christ-like. To imitate Christ in all aspects (as nearly as one is able) is the Christian's primary and ultimate goal.

The Confraternity also publishes My Daily Bread, which is another indispensable book for Christian devotion, and together with My Imitation of Christ are the perfect gifts for any new, Christian library.
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The Confraternity of the Precious Blood is well known for producing pocket sized editions of work geared to aspects of Christian teaching. They have material on the Psalms arranged around the "Book of Hours". They had a great edition of "Christ in the Gospel" from 1949 that featured readings that brought you through the ministry of Christ through accumulated common features of the 4 Gospels in a six month period. They also have a New Testament that is arranged for getting through the entire NT in six months of daily readings. However, this particular classic work is given a stellar treatment, much like the book of Psalms and Christ in the Gospel in that it features pen and ink artwork by the great artist Ariel Agemian. The full page drawings are very impressive and stunning. His art provokes thought on the eternal condition of your soul as you read through the classic Thomas a' Kempis text that is so appropriate for reflections on daily living and building your prayer life up from perhaps a time of fallowness.
If you could select any book on faith that would be useful to carry in your pocket and atmospherically remind you each day to think about your relationship with God then this is the work to buy. When I was young and I first heard of "The Imitation of Christ", I thought, here we go, another book that throws quotations at you and bores you to death with points of law. Well, when I finally opened it and checked it out, was I ever wrong! It is one of the greatest works ever written for getting you to think about God and your relationship with him and the true vanity of this world. All the more enhanced by this Confraternity of the Precious Blood edition! Well recommended! (The Confraternity of the Precious Blood is a cloistered convent group, aided by Priests and staff to outreach to the world through the publication of these works, based in Brooklyn NY, since the late 1800s)
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The book is paperback and small enough to fit in one's pocket. It is nicely divided into chapters and verses and has some beautiful black and white illustrations alongside them. I read "The Imitation of Christ" several years ago (put out by Penguin Classics I believe?) and this one is way better. Re-reading it again I can't believe I entirely missed out on understanding it the first time I read it. Perhaps because this version is, as I said, more personal, nicely designed/illustrated, and just an overall better and simpler (simple is good) translation.
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This is my favorite daily devotion book. The lessons are very thought-provoking and just the right length to spend a few minutes in the morning orienting yourself for the day. I am on my 3rd or 4th reading of it, and the devotions still seem fresh and inspiring. Every time I finish it, I think, "I wouldn't mind going through that again" and start it over. The sketches for each devotion are also interesting. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing this book and using it for a daily meditation/devotional book.
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I've had this precious volume since high school. After sharing it with friends, I ordered 5 of them and the response has been heartwarming. The illustrations make it so intimate. We love it. Compact enough to keep in a purse.
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This book is nourishment and bread for humanity. This book should be disseminated and it must be read. It should not be missing from any Catholic household. The best thing would be to read a chapter of it every evening, and strive to conform your life to it. “The Imitation of Christ” is pure wheat, it is not chaff; it comes from Heaven. Heaven wants and recommends it, and would this not be because it places the cross of Christ in front of one in a concrete way, and it tells how the cross of Christ can be imitated? In that way, man learns how Christ suffered, and how he must do the same himself if he wants to advance one step, or even one inch, in the following of Christ; and even with that, he is still a long way from being a Saint, and he must continue to have a very small opinion of himself.
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It is a prayer book besides providing guidance for everyday living and for every occasion. No other book has helped me as much as when I left home on business trips. It is small but big enough to keep you closer to God, especially when you are away from family and home.
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