* For nearly 600 years, The Imitation of Christ has had a profound impact on the spiritual life of Christians. Retaining the deep devotional flavor of a Kempis's original, this fresh translation will provide practical guidance on the central task of the Christian life: learning to live like Jesus day by day. Includes new introduction. 224 pages, softcover from Penguin.
One of the best-loved books of Christianity after the Bible, now in a new translation
A passionate celebration of God and his love, mercy, and holiness, The Imitation of Christ has inspired conversion and stimulated religious devotion for more than five hundred years. With great personal conviction, the medieval monk Thomas à Kempis demonstrates the individuals reliance on God and on the words of Christ, and the futility of life without faith. Thomas spent some seventy years of his life in the reclusive environment of monasteries, yet in this astonishing work he demonstrates an encompassing understanding of human nature, and his writing speaks to readers of every age and every nationality.
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Thomas à Kempis (13801471) was a medieval monk and priest who served as chronicler of the monastery at Mt. St. Agnes.
Robert Jeffery was ordained in 1959 and has written on matters of Church history, spirituality, mission, and ecumenism. An Honorary Doctor of Divinity of Birmingham University, he retired from his post as Canon and Sub-Dean of Christ Church in 2002. He lives in Oxford, England.
Max von Habsburg is the author of Catholic and Protestant Translations of the Imitatio Christi 14251650. He lives and teaches in Northamptonshire, England.