The Imitation of Christ has been one of the most popular books in Christian spirituality for more than five hundred years. More than 5,000 editions have been published and it's been translated into almost every language in the world. Thomas a Kempis was a late medieval Catholic monk, who looked deeply into what it means to know God and have a relationship with Jesus. He wrote about humility, simplicity, patience, and persistence--virtues that are for every age.
he Imitation of Christ has enjoyed an unparalleled place in the world of books for more than five hundred years. 5000 different editions have been published over the centuries, and it has been translated into almost every language in the world. Why is this little book so valued? The Imitation of Christ transcends its era and author, having become a testament that speaks to the perennial human condition on the issues of our human relationship to God. It offers insight that is unparalleled in works before and since. The wisdom of Thomas a Kempis is for every age, for every person who seeks to live a more integrated spiritual life of seeking and finding, doing and being still. Br. Benet Tvedten writes a new introduction for this special edition. He brings his trademark insight and humor to bear on the lessons of The Imitation of Christ for every generation.
Thomas à Kempis (ca. 1380-1471) was a German monk and a practical mystic. His classic The Imitation of Christ has long been a favorite of Christians of all denominational backgrounds. It is said that Thomas's book has been the most read of any book other than the Bible.
Born in North Carolina in 1923, Hal M. Helms served in the Navy during World War II. Feeling a call to the Christian ministry during his time in the service, he pursued higher education after his discharge, graduating magna cum laude from Furman University in 1949. He went on to earn an M. Div. from Hartford Seminary in 1958. Mr. Helms served five different congregations from 1949 to 1974. In 1974, he and his family moved to the Community of Jesus, an ecumenical Christian Community on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he became chaplain. In addition to the normal ministerial work of assisting in worship, preaching, teaching, and leading retreats, Mr. Helms produced modern versions of a number of Christian classics, including The Pilgrim's Progress, The Imitation of Christ, and The Confessions of St. Augustine. He also served as the senior editor of the quarterly journal CrossPoint from its inception in 1990. Rev. Helms wrote several devotional books including With the Lord Today, Anchors of Hope, Jesus Loves Me, and Echoes of Eternity: Listening to the Father - Volume I and Volume II. Hal Helms and his wife, Helen, had four children and were married for almost fifty-five years. Rev. Helms died in 1997.