His teaching surpasseth all teaching of holy men, and such as. What if just 10% of christians actually lived the way jesus asks us to. Easily share your publications and get them in front of issuus. The very revd robert jeffery was born in 1935 and ordained in 1959. It is called the imitation of christ, and according to fr. Thomas a kempis was a german medieval christian monk who was born in the late 14th century. At the age of thirteen if jesus crucified were often in our hearts and in our memory, we should soon be learned in. Mar 31, 2011 thomas a kempiss the imitation of christ is a classic devotional work that has inspired people of all faiths since its publication in 1418. His teaching surpasseth all teaching of holy men, and such as have his spirit find therein the hidden manna. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by project gutenberg.
Paulist press the timeless moral teachings of one of the greatest spiritual works ever written, imitation of christ by thomas a kempis, is presented for the first time in an interesting and easytounderstand manner for young catholic readers. Thomas a kempis died on the twentyfifth of july, 1471. The main characters of this classics, non fiction story are. Thomas wrote many other devotional works besides the imitation of christ, his masterpiece, as well as biographies of gerald groote and florentius radewyn. In eastern christianity, the term life in christ is sometimes used for the same concept the ideal of the imitation of christ has been an important element of both christian ethics and spirituality. Audio excerpts download color timeline detailed index author biography illustrations study guide sensitively revised in modern english one of an expanding collection thomas kempis leads the honest seeker as deeply into the inward life with christ as it is possible for a human being to go, allowing the. The imitation of christ is a christian devotional book for the spiritual life. Publication date 1710 topics meditations early works to 1800, christian life early works to 1800 publisher.
The imitation of christ by thomas i kempis, paperback. A librivox recording of the imitation of christ, by thomas a kempis, translated by rev. When a man humbles himself because of his faults, he easily placates those about him and. It is a handbook for spiritual life arising from the devotio moderna movement, where kempis was a member.
The imitation of christ kindle edition by thomas a kempis. The book was published in multiple languages including english, consists of 288 pages and is available in paperback format. Book 3, chapters 1120 of the imitation of christ by thomas a. This was a spiritual movement that stressed the importance of personal and inner spirituality as well as outward religion, and devotion to the person of jesus, and meditation. The most famous work of thomas a kempis is the imitation of christ, which has endured for over 5. Pdf the imitation of christ book by thomas a kempis free. Thomas is known almost entirely for composing or compiling a manual of spiritual advice known as the imitation of christ, in which he urges the reader to seek to follow the example of jesus. This 114 page pdf document is filled with wisdom on seeking god, even through difficulty and suffering. His parents, john and gertrude haemerken, were of the artisan class. Written in a candid and conversational style, the imitation of christ discusses liberation from worldly inclinations, recollection as a preparation for prayer, the consolations of prayer, and the place of eucharistic communion in a devout life. Thomas a kempis 79801471 was a member of the brethren, priest, augustinian monk, author of a dozen books, and copyist extraordinaire.
The imitation of christ by a kempis thomas free ebook. The imitation of jesus christ by thomas a kempis pdf. The imitation of christ is widely considered one of the greatest manuals of devotion in christianity. Download this christian classic by thomas a kempis and share it with your leadership team. The imitation of christ by thomas a kempis, paperback. The imitation of christ thomas a kempis by madelainely issuu.
His meditation on spiritual life and zeal to imitate christ in. You must surrender all other love for his love, for jesus desires to be loved alone, and above all things. The imitation of jesus christ by thomas kempis a very powerful spiritual guidance for the soul who seeks to imitate jesus christ. If you want to thinkand livelike jesus, join the millions of people whove read the imitation of christ over the past five centuries. The school he attended at nearby deventer in holland had been started by gerard groote, founder of the brothers of the common life. Book by thomas a kempis, book ii, chapter i, for they truly know their lord in the breaking of bread, whose heart within them so vehemently burneth, whilst thou, o blessed jesus. Table of contents introductory note the first book admonitions profitable for the spiritual life chapter i of the imitation of christ, and of contempt of the world and all its vanities chapter ii of thinking humbly of oneself chapter iii of the knowledge of. Blessed is he who understands what it is to love jesus, and to despise himself for jesus sake. His work the imitation of christ is one of the most widely read christian spiritual books ever written. Imitation of christ by thomas a kempis read online download listen. First published anonymously in 1418, thomas a kempis s the imitation of christ is a classic christian devotional work that has been read through the ages by such notable figures as sir thomas more, john wesley, and pope john paul i. The treatise of the imitation of christ appears to have. Translated from the original latin by the right rev.
The imitation of christ, image books, 1955 thomas a kempis was born in kempen, prussia in 79 into a family of artisans and metal workers. Imitating christ and despising all vanities on earth. Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. The book is a collection of recommendations for how to live ones life daytoday in. Virtualsalt notes and questions for thomas a kempis 801471 the imitation of christ 1418 robert harris january 18, 1999. He also possessed an earnest love for the poor and holy scripture. There is no other way to life and to true inward peace than the way and discipline of the cross. The imitation of christ by thomas a kempis is a devotional classic for protestants and catholics that has brought comfort to millions for centuries. The imitation of christ is a devotional that is held in extremely high regard particularly in catholicism.
Beloved jesus, i have been reading the imitation of christ, by thomas a kempis, and would like you to comment on the relevancy of this book in the context of the. A very powerful spiritual direction for anyone seeking the interior life in christ. He attended deventer in the netherlands where he eventually joined the canons and was later ordained as a priest. The imitation of christ by thomas a kempis is a christian devotional book first composed in latin about 1427. At the age of thirteen years, he left his family to join his older brother, john, who had ten or twelve years earlier traveled to. Here are some awesome quotes and sayings from thomas a kem pis. It is his edition that is the imitation of christ thomas, a kempis. Imitation has exerted immense influence on christian worship, ethics, and church structure, because it gives specific yet broadminded guidance about. Thomas a kempis was a late medieval monk that underwent a monastic life. The imitation of christ, free pdf, ebook global grey. He focused on human unworthiness, self denial and mortification of the flesh, and the meaning of disciple of christ. Pdf the imitation of christ download full pdf book.
The book presents the idea that the study of christs life and the emulation of his example is the highest pursuit that man can achieve. Netherlands in the latter half of the fourteenth century. My child, i am the lord who gives strength in the day of trouble. The imitation of christ by thomas a kempis youtube. Nov 21, 2000 the imitation of christ is the work of at least three men. Blessed is the pilgrim who seeketh not an abiding place unto himself in this world. The imitation of christ annotated ebook by thomas a kempis. The imitation of christ by thomas a kempis january 17, 2017 two things particularly further improvementto withdraw oneself forcibly from those vices to which nature is viciously inclined, and to work fervently for those graces which are most needed.
Be humble and a man of peace, and jesus will abide with you. Source secondly, kempis suggests an extreme selfdenial and mortification of the flesh in response to jesus call for discipleship. On the day of judgment, it will be demanded of us not what we have read, but what we have done. The monastic order had been founded eighteen years earlier by gerard groote1, a lay. He lived at and was a member of the windesheim congregation at agneitenberg monastery in the netherlands for more than seventy years. Your tardiness in turning to prayer is the greatest obstacle to heavenly consolation, for before you pray earnestly to me you first seek many comforts and take pleasure in outward things. The school he attended at nearby deventer in holland had been started by. Nov 22, 2010 download this christian classic by thomas a kempis and share it with your leadership team. Poorest of all men is he who lives without jesus, and richest of all is he who stands in favor with jesus. This is the central question of our mission and vision. The first edition of the novel was published in 1418, and was written by thomas a kempis. More books by thomas a kempis the chronicle of the canons regular of mount st.
The imitation of christ by thomas a kempis free ebook. He who loses jesus, loses much indeed, and more than the whole world. It is a handbook for spiritual life arising from the devotio moderna movement, of which kempis was a member. Read imitation of christ illustrated by thomas a kempis available from rakuten kobo. Complete and unabridged 15 th century text by thomas a. It was first published anonymously, in latin, in 1418. Learn from me, because i am meek and humble of heart. The imitation of christ, by thomas a kempis book 1. The catholic archive thomas a kempis the imitation of christ book 1 the imitation of christ book one in the life of the soul. References to this concept and its practice are found in the earliest christian documents, e. This spiritual diary has encouraged followers of christ for hundreds of years to develop a deep, abiding love for christ. The imitation of christ has timeless teachings the book was written for its time focuses too much on suffering question.
Freely modified from prayers of the middle ages, edited by j. Thomas a kempis was born in kempen, prussia in 79 into a family of artisans and metal workers. He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, saith the lord. Like the classic itself, imitation ofchrist for children is divided into four sections or chapters, taking the reader on a stepbystep journey. That thomas hemerken of kempen, or thomas a kempis as he is now known, later translated a composite of their writings, essentially a spiritual diary, from the original netherlandish into latin is generally admitted by scholars. It is often good for us to have others know our faults and rebuke them, for it gives us greater humility. The imitation is perhaps the most widely read devotional work next to the bible, and is regarded as a devotional and religious classic. The imitation is perhaps the most widely read christian devotional work next to. Kempen, or thomas kempis as he is now known, later translated a composite of their writings, essentially a spiritual diary, from the. In omnibus requiem quaesivi, et nusquam inveni nisi in angulo cum libro.
Full synopsis first published anonymously in 1418, thomas a kempiss the imitation of christ is a classic christian devotional work that has been read through the ages by such notable figures as sir. His books include the wellknown imitation of christ, life of geert groote, and life of liduina of schiedam, the latter of which he epitomized. It encourages us to live a life devoid of worldly vanities. It has been acclaimed as one of the greatest spiritual writings of all time. A deep adoration of christ runs throughout all of his works. The imitation of christ a cornerstone book in our rich christian literary heritage.
Thomas a kempis quotes author of the imitation of christ. A handbook for spiritual life arising from the devotio moderna movement where kempis was a member source. In christian theology, the imitation of christ is the practice of following the example of jesus. His most wellknown work is the imitation of christ. The imitation of christ is a christian devotional book. As editor and translator he was not without faults, but thanks to him the. The imitation of christ by thomas a kempis free online ebook. The imitation of christ by thomas a kempis is a christian devotional work. This work was composed during 14181427 penguin books, london, 1952 this edition was translated.
About the imitation first published anonymously in a. Thomas a kempis, from his native town of kempen, near the rhine, about forty miles north of cologne. Ignatius, thomas merton, thomas more, and even agatha christies miss marple. Free download or read online the imitation of christ pdf epub book. It is a great art to know how to hold converse with jesus, and to know how to keep jesus is wisdom indeed. Kempis the imitation of christ, which first appeared in the late fifteenth century, has without exaggeration been called the most widely read work of devotion ever written. Search or browse the online edition of the imitation of christ, by thomas a kempis. Jul 25, 2012 thomas is known almost entirely for composing or compiling a manual of spiritual advice known as the imitation of christ, in which he urges the reader to seek to follow the example of jesus christ. Thomas a kempis urges christlikeness christian history. However, thomas wrote several other devotional works, biographies, sermons, letters, poems, and hymns. She reads a chapter of the imitation of christ every night before sleep. Thomas 801471 was a monk of the augustinian order a recent revival of the order of st augustine of hippo and a follower of the modern devotion.
The imitation of christ by thomas a kempis home facebook. The first two were founders of the brethren of the common life, a lay religious society that flourished in the netherlands from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century. Gerard groote, florent radewijns, and thomas a kempis. This book is a classic for comfort and understanding of living the spiritual life of christ in a physical world. Apr 10, 2019 take up your cross and follow jesus, and you will inherit everlasting life. Imitation of christ for children elizabeth ficocelli.223 734 670 1389 705 19 166 641 134 197 674 1023 1253 62 896 1498 98 222 1378 975 236 1567 656 1406 388 1256 479 463 1078 371 658 813 227 735 1276 1465 1424 872 1239 1182 486