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The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas À Kempis

Published by Barbour and Company, Inc. 1989, Hardcover, Copyright © 1984 by THE CHRISTIAN LIBRARY.

"The Imitation of Christ has been the most widely read book of Christian devotions in the world for more than five hundred years. Many editions have appeared in various languages since the first printed edition appeared in 1472, made with Gutenberg's new movable type.

For seventy years, until the day of his death at the age of ninety-two, Thomas à Kempis dedicated himself to acts of devotion; copying manuscripts; and writing letters, hymns, and biographies. He is said to have copied the Bible four times.

The Imitation of Christ has as its foundation biblical texts — more than a thousand of them — grouped together under four general headings of the spiritual life, inward things, internal consolation, and the communion. Nearly every book of the Bible is represented, though this devotional classic draws chiefly from the Psalms, the Gospels, and the Epistles.

This book, read slowly, in brief portions at a time, can encourage a new commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.""--(Introduction)--

"Jesus has many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His Cross. He has many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. He finds many companions of His table, but few of His fasting. All desire to rejoice with Him, few are willing to undergo anything for His sake. Many follow Jesus that they may eat of His loaves, but few that they may drink of His cup of passion. Many are astonished at His Miracles, few follow after the shame of His Cross. Many love Jesus so long as no adversities happen to them. Many praise Him and bless Him, so long as they receive any comforts from Him. But if Jesus hide Himself and withdraw from them a little while, they fall either into complaining or into too great dejection of mind.

That seems a hard saying to many, 'If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his Cross and follow Me.' But it will be much harder to hear that last sentence, 'Depart from Me, ye wicked, into eternal fire.'

For God will have you learn to suffer tribulation without consolation, and to submit yourself fully to it, and by tribulation be made more humble. No man understands the Passion of Christ in his heart so well as he who has had somewhat of the like suffering himself. The Cross therefore is always ready, and everywhere waits for you." --(Thomas à Kempis)--

Comments: If there be, with the single exception of the Holy Bible, a greater, sincerer, more powerful, touching, and heartfelt Christian devotional than The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, I have not yet discovered its existence. This work lays bare the heart's very essence while probing the soul until all is revealed to the eye that will but see. There remains no excuses from behind which one may hide, no rationalizations to shelter the now naked soul, no stone under which one may crawl to escape the deluge of Gospel truths. This is, without doubt, the work of a man, who with total devotion and without reservation, loved His God. There is not a page, paragraph, or sentence without merit. à Kempis finds God not in Paradise, but in the Cross. He invites you and I to join him as he strives to make known the Son of God who suffered and died that we might know eternal life. At no point is the journey made light or the pilgrimage less than arduous, but he does not seek that which is, but that which one day will be. He does not seek that you may know the prince of this world, but the Prince of Princes and King of Kings. Should you elect to join à Kempis as he struggles with his Cross, you will no doubt find that your own has grown far heavier than beforehand you could have conceived. Yet the journey will prove possible, for you will no longer be making it alone.We, with greatest humility, assign this majestic work our highest recommendation.

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