Book Cover of The Imitation of Christ

The Imitation of Christ

by Thomas a Kempis

The Imitation of Christ is a Christian devotional book by Thomas à Kempis, first composed in Latin (as De Imitatione Christi) c. 1418–1427. It is a handbook for spiritual life arising from the Devotio Moderna movement, of which Kempis was a member. The Imitation is perhaps the most widely read Christian devotional work next to the Bible, and is regarded as a devotional and religious classic. Its popularity was immediate, and it was printed 745 times before 1650. Apart from the Bible, no book had been translated into more languages than the Imitation of Christ at the time. The text is divided into four books, which provide detailed spiritual instructions: "Helpful Counsels of the Spiritual Life", "Directives for the Interior Life", "On Interior Consolation" and "On the Blessed Sacrament". The approach taken in the Imitation is characterized by its emphasis on the interior life and withdrawal from the world, as opposed to an active imitation of Christ by other friars. The book places a high level of emphasis on the devotion to the Eucharist as a key element of spiritual life.

Book Details

Language

English

Original Language

Latin

Published In

1427

Author

Thomas a Kempis image

Thomas a Kempis

Holy Roman Empire

Thomas à Kempis was a German-Dutch canon regular of the late medieval period and the author of The Imitation of Christ, one of the most popular and best known Christian devotional books. His na...

More on Thomas a Kempis

Listen/Download Audiobook

Read by:
00:00
Playback Speed 1.0
00:00
  • Select Speed

Related books

The Small Catechism Cover image

The Small Catechism by Martin Luther

Luther's Small Catechism is a catechism written by Martin Luther and published in 1529 for the training of children. Luther's Small Catechism reviews...

Hosea: from The Holy Bible with Original Notes Cover image

Hosea: from The Holy Bible with Original Notes by Thomas Scott

It is a religious book that provides commentary on the book of Hosea in the Bible. This book was first published in 1824 and is still relevant today a...

The Growth of Love Cover image

The Growth of Love by Robert Bridges

This is a mesmerizing poetic journey that delves into the profound depths of human emotion and the transformative power of love. Set against the backd...

The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life Cover image

The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life by Émile Durkheim

Discover the fascinating world of religious life in Émile Durkheim's groundbreaking work, "The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life," translated by...

Around the Wicket Gate Cover image

Around the Wicket Gate by C.H. Spurgeon

Millions of men are in the outlying regions, far off from God and peace; for these we pray, and to these we give warning. But just now we have to do w...

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. III  Cover image

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. III by Edward Gibbon

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a six-volume work by the English historian Edward Gibbon. It traces Western civilization (a...

Herein is Love Cover image

Herein is Love by Reuel Howe

Herein is Love A Study of the Biblical Doctrine of Love in Its Bearing on Personality, Parenthood, Teaching, and All Other Human Relationships.

Concerning Christian Liberty Cover image

Concerning Christian Liberty by Martin Luther

Early in the course of the Reformation Martin Luther penned a trilogy of foundational documents addressing the Church, the Nobility and the Christian...

The Importance of the Gospel Ministry Cover image

The Importance of the Gospel Ministry by Samuel Miller

In his book The Importance of the Gospel Ministry, Samuel Miller argues that the ministry of the gospel is the most important work in the world. He wr...

A Short and Easy Method of Prayer Cover image

A Short and Easy Method of Prayer by Madame Guyon

Originally published in 1685, Madame Guyon’s A Short and Easy Method of Prayer is considered a classic of Christian mysticism, influencing great write...

Reviews for The Imitation of Christ

No reviews posted or approved, yet...