If you had to choose only one book to read in your lifetime, you would be a fool to not choose this book to read. If you do not read this book you are making a very big mistake.
I attended a private Catholic college and took many religion classes while majoring in Philosophy. Shame on my professors, many priests and brothers. They never introduced me to this treasure.
From begining to end, every page, is teaching the way, the road to God. Written in the simpliest language, thus elevating its' profoundness, this -- perhaps collection of homlies -- gives us, like the Gospels, what I think is a glimpse of Jesus.
Thomas A. Kempis was a Catholic Priest in the 1400's. But although he was Catholic, he had some pretty wise things to say. This book has four books in one. I really liked reading book 1, it was full of wisdom. Books 2 and 3 are kind of repetitive in talking about how much we need God and should seek His comfort above all else. He drags it out too much. And book 4 is about the Eucharist. Nonetheless, book 1 is well worth reading for any Christian!
Great to use for devotional thoughts and insights, though you must take time to consider what the author is saying. Will disagree with author regarding the need and place of personal relationships (friends and family).