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The Imitation of Christ

by Thomas à Kempis, Ronald Knox

The spir­i­tu­al clas­sic by à Kem­p­is, the sec­ond most wide­ly read spir­i­tu­al book after the Bible, has had an aston­ish­ing impact on the spir­i­tu­al lives of count­less saints, peas­ants, and popes for cen­turies. Even today, the soul-search­ing words of the fif­teenth-cen­tu­ry cler­ic Thomas à Kem­p­is con­tin­ue to res­onate, unbound­ed by time or geog­ra­phy. Draw­ing on the Bible, the Fathers of the ear­ly Church and medieval mys­ti­cism, his four-part trea­tise shrugs off the allure of the mate­r­i­al world, blend­ing beau­ty and blunt­ness in a supreme­ly spir­i­tu­al call-to-arms. 

This beau­ti­ful trans­la­tion by Ronald Knox and Michael Oak­ley is con­sid­ered by many teach­ers, writ­ers, and read­ers to be the best Eng­lish trans­la­tion ever, and one that great­ly enhances the life-chang­ing insights of Thomas à Kem­p­is. Illustrated.

2005

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If we could con­struct a com­pos­ite pic­ture of all great Christians―Catholic or non-Catholic―of the last five hun­dred years who found The Imi­ta­tion sub­stan­tial­ly ben­e­fi­cial, enlight­en­ing, and inspir­ing, we would need no fur­ther proof that famil­iar­i­ty with this great clas­sic is an inte­gral part of a mature spir­i­tu­al life and even a path to holiness.
Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., Author, Arise From Darkness

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