The Imitation of Christ: How Jesus Wants us to Live


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The Imitation of Christ is the work of at least three men: Gerard Groote, Florent Radewijns, and Thomas a Kempis. 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. Working on their manuscripts, first as a compiler and editor and then as a coauthor, was Kempis.

So successful were Kempis's efforts that the work became the golden treasury not only of their community but also of the contemporary spirituality movement known as the Modern Devotion. Its prescriptions might very well be known as the Perennial Devotion for its continual appeal through the centuries.

In its fifteenth century Latin original the Imitation was not a silken cord of consecutive prose. Rather it was a series of scratchings, the sort that a spiritual director would note down in preparation for sermons and addresses. What wasn't always in the original was exactly how Kempis developed each topic sentence or wisdom quotation as he delivered it.

In this new rendition William Griffin recovers the original experience of listening to Kempis as he taught and preached to his spiritual charges. Using a variety of literary and historical means, Griffin enhances the original, making the insights of this seminal exposition of Christian life more accessible.

Title: The Imitation of Christ: How Jesus Wants us to Live

Author/Composer: Kempis, Thomas a [author]; Griffin, William [contemporary translation]; Foster, Richard J. [Preface]

Categories: Spiritual Classics,

Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco: 2000-12-01

ISBN Number: 0060634006

ISBN Number 13: 9780060634001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Type: Hardcover

Seller ID: 000991

Description: Very Good Condition: Unmarked, tight binding, black marker line across bottom outer page edges, minor visible cover and dustjacket wear, minor visible outer soil. Hardcover book with dustjacket copy of The Imitation of Christ: How Jesus Wants Us to Live by Thomas a Kempis. A contemporary version by William Griffin. Preface by Richard J. Foster. From the dustjacket: Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ, which has inspired readers from Thomas More and St. Ignatius of Loyola to Thomas Merton and Pope John Paul II. This innovative translation recreates the spirit of this remarkable work, bringing to life its wealth of wisdom and spiritual guidance. HarperSanFrancisco (HarperCollins Publishers), 2000. Third printing. Includes bibliographical references. 7-5/8 x 5-7/8 x 1-1/8 inches, 20 cm. List price of this printing 21.95. Current list price 23.99. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!

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