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Imitation of Christ

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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 individual’s 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.

Synopsis:

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 individual’s 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.

Synopsis:

The secret of the amazing influence and converting power of this little book is the secret of the lives of all the Saints--their nearness to God, and the reflection of His love in their lives and writings. Thomas's theme is the love, mercy, and holiness of God: with vivid clarity he shows man's complete dependence on, and need for, God.

About the Author

Thomas à Kempis was a medieval monk and priest (1380-1471) who served as chronicler of the monastery at Mt. St. Agnes. During his long life of scholarship, he wrote several biographies of church fathers and a number of devotional works. The Imitation of Christ, from which The Inner Life is taken, remains his most famous work.

Table of Contents

The Imitation of Christ Introduction

The Chapters of the First Book: Counsels on the Spiritual Life

1. On the Imitation of Christ

2. On Personal Humility

3. On the Teaching of Truth

4. On Prudence in Action

5. On Reading the Holy Scriptures

6. On Control of the Desires

7. On Avoiding Vain Hope and Conceit

8. On Guarding Against Familiarity

9. On Obedience and Discipline

10. On Avoiding Talkativeness

11. On Peace, and Spiritual Progress

12. On the Uses of Adversity

13. On Resisting Temptations

14. On Avoiding Rash Judgments

15. On Deeds Inspired by Love

16. On Bearing with the Faults of Others

17. On the Monastic Life

18. On the Examples of the Holy Fathers

19. On the Practices of a Good Religious

20. On the Love of Solitude and Silence

21. On Contrition of Heart

22. On Human Misery

23. A Meditation on Death

24. On Judgment, and the Punishment of Sinners

25. On the Zealous Amendment of our Life

The Chapters of the Second Book: Counsels on the Inner Life

1. On the Inner Life

2. On Humble Submission to God

3. On the Good and Peaceful Man

4. On Purity of Mind and Simplicity of Purpose

5. On Knowing Ourselves

6. On the Joys of a Good Conscience

7. On Loving Jesus Above All Things

8. On Close Friendship with Jesus

9. On the Lack of All Comfort

10. On Gratitude for God's Grace

11. On the Few Lovers of the Cross of Jesus

12. On the Royal Road of the Holy Cross

The Chapters of the Third Book: On Inward Consolation

1. How Christ Speaks Inwardly to the Soul

2. How Truth Instructs us in Silence

3. On Humble Attention to God's Word

4. On Truth and Humility

5. On the Wonderful Effect of Divine Love

6. On the Proof of a True Lover

7. On Concealing Grace under Humility

8. On Humility in the Sight of God

9. How God Alone is our True End

10. On the Joy of God's Service

11. On Control of the Heart

12. On Learning Patience

13. On Obedience, after the Example of Christ

14. On the Secret Judgements of God

15. On the Ordering of our Desires

16. How True Comfort is to be Sought in God Alone

17. How we must put our Whole Trust in God

18. How Sorrows are to be Borne Patiently

19. On Enduring Injuries, and the Proof of Patience

20. On our own Weakness, and the Trials of This Life

21. How we must Rest in God Alone above all Things

22. On Being Mindful of God's Blessings

23. On Four Things that Bring Peace

24. On the Evils of Curiosity

25. On Lasting Peace and True Progress

26. On the Excellence of a Free Mind

27. How Self-Love Hinders our Search for God

28. Against Slander

29. How we should Bless God in all Trouble

30. On Asking God's Help, and the Certainty of his Grace

31. On Forsaking Creatures to Find the Creator

32. On Self-Denial, and Renunciation of our Desires

33. On Inconstancy of Heart

34. On God's Graciousness to Those who Love Him

35. How There is no Security from Temptation

36. Against the Vain Judgments of Men

37. How Surrender of Self Brings Freedom of Heart

38. On the Right Ordering of Our Affairs

39. How we should not be Over Anxious

40. How Man has no Personal Goodness of which to Boast

41. On Contempt for Worldly Honours

42. That our Peace cannot Depend on Man

43. A Warning against Vain and Worldly Learning

44. On Avoiding Distractions

45. How we should not Believe all we Hear

46. On Putting our Entire Trust in God

47. How Burdens must be Borne to win Eternal Life

48. On Eternity, and the Limitations of This Life

49. On the Desire for Eternal Life, and the Wonder of God's Promises

50. On Trust in God in all Trouble

51. How when we Lack Strength for Higher Work we should Undertake Humble Tasks

52. How no Man is Worthy of God's Comfort

53. How God's Grace is not Granted to the Worldly-Minded

54. On the Contrary Workings of Nature and Grace

55. On the Corruption of Nature, and the Power of Grace

56. How we must Follow Christ's Way of the Cross in Self-Denial

57. That we should never Despair

58. How we may not Inquire into the Unsearchable Judgments of God

59. That we should Hope and Trust in God Alone

The Chapters of the Fourth Book: On the Blessed Sacrament

1. On the Deep Reverence with which Christ should be Received

2. On the Great Goodness and Love of God in this Sacrament

3. On the Value of Frequent Communion

4. On the Many Blessings Granted to the Devout Communicant

5. On the Dignity of the Sacrament, and of the Priestly Office

6. On Preparation for Communion

7. On Self-Examination, and the Purpose of Amendment

8. On the Offering of Christ on the Cross

9. How we mustOffer Ourselves wholly to God, and Pray for all Men

10. That Holy Communion is not to be Lightly Foregone

11. How the Body of Christ and the Holy Scriptures are most Necessary to the Faithful Soul

12. On the Need for Careful Preparation to Receive Christ in Holy Communion

13. How the Devout Soul should Sincerely Desire Union with Christ in his Sacrament

14. On Ardent Desire for the Body of Christ

15. How Devotion is Won by Humility and Self-Denial

16. How we should Declare our Needs to Christ, and Ask his Grace

17. On Ardent Love and Eager Desire to Receive Christ

18. How we should Approach Christ's Sacrament Humbly, Submitting Reason to Holy Faith

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140440270
Translator:
Sherley-Price, Leo
Other:
Kempis, Thomas A.
Translator:
Sherley-Price, Leo
Author:
Robert
Author:
von Habsburg, Max
Author:
Kempis, Thomas A.
Author:
Jeffery, Robert
Author:
Sherley-Price, Leo
Author:
Jeffery
Author:
Max von Habsburg
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London
Subject:
Christian Life
Subject:
General
Subject:
Inspirational - Catholic
Subject:
Meditations
Subject:
Devotional
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Christian Life - Inspirational - Catholic
Subject:
Christianity-Devotionals
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
919
Publication Date:
19521231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.74x5.04x.54 in. .36 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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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 individual’s 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.

"Synopsis" by , The secret of the amazing influence and converting power of this little book is the secret of the lives of all the Saints--their nearness to God, and the reflection of His love in their lives and writings. Thomas's theme is the love, mercy, and holiness of God: with vivid clarity he shows man's complete dependence on, and need for, God.

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