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 The Imitation of Christ : Penguin Classics - Thomas a. Kempis

The Imitation of Christ

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 1st June 1952
ISBN: 9780140440270
Number Of Pages: 224
For Ages: 18+ years old

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One of the best-loved books of Christianity after the Bible, The Imitation of Christ is a passionate celebration of God and His love, mercy and holiness, which has inspired conversion and stimulated religious devotion for over five hundred years. With great personal conviction, Thomas a Kempis (1380 – 1471) 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 nation.

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.

Introductionp. 11
The Chapters of the First Book: Counsels on the Spiritual Life
On the Imitation of Christp. 27
On Personal Humilityp. 28
On the Teaching of Truthp. 30
On Prudence in Actionp. 32
On Reading the Holy Scripturesp. 33
On Control of the Desiresp. 33
On Avoiding Vain Hope and Conceitp. 34
On Guarding against Familiarityp. 35
On Obedience and Disciplinep. 36
On Avoiding Talkativenessp. 36
On Peace, and Spiritual Progressp. 37
On the Uses of Adversityp. 39
On Resisting Temptationsp. 40
On Avoiding Rash Judgementsp. 42
On Deeds Inspired by Lovep. 43
On Bearing with the Faults of Othersp. 44
On the Monastic Lifep. 45
On the Examples of the Holy Fathersp. 46
On the Practices of a Good Religiousp. 48
On the Love of Solitude and Silencep. 50
On Contrition of Heartp. 53
On Human Miseryp. 55
A Meditation on Deathp. 57
On Judgement, and the Punishment of Sinnersp. 60
On the Zealous Amendment of our Lifep. 63
The Chapters of the Second Book: Counsels on the Inner Life
On the Inner Lifep. 67
On Humble Submission to Godp. 70
On the Good and Peaceful Manp. 70
On Purity of Mind and Simplicity of Purposep. 72
On Knowing Ourselvesp. 73
On the Joys of a Good Consciencep. 74
On Loving Jesus above all Thingsp. 75
On Close Friendship with Jesusp. 76
On the Lack of all Comfortp. 78
On Gratitude for God's Gracep. 81
On the Few Lovers of the Cross of Jesusp. 83
On the Royal Road of the Holy Crossp. 84
The Chapters of the Third Book: On Inward Consolation
How Christ Speaks Inwardly to the Soulp. 91
How Truth Instructs us in Silencep. 92
On Humble Attention to God's Wordp. 93
On Truth and Humilityp. 95
On the Wonderful Effect of Divine Lovep. 97
On the Proof of a True Loverp. 99
On Concealing Grace under Humilityp. 101
On Humility in the Sight of Godp. 103
How God Alone is our True Endp. 104
On the Joy of God's Servicep. 105
On Control of the Heartp. 107
On Learning Patiencep. 108
On Obedience, after the Example of Christp. 110
On the Secret Judgements of Godp. 111
On the Ordering of our Desiresp. 112
How True Comfort is to be Sought in God Alonep. 114
How we must put our Whole Trust in Godp. 115
How Sorrows are to be Borne Patientlyp. 116
On Enduring Injuries, and the Proof of Patiencep. 117
On our own Weakness, and the Trials of This Lifep. 118
How we must Rest in God Alone above all Thingsp. 120
On Being Mindful of God's Blessingsp. 122
On Four Things that Bring Peacep. 124
On the Evils of Curiosityp. 126
On Lasting Peace and True Progressp. 127
On the Excellence of a Free Mindp. 128
How Self-Love Hinders our Search for Godp. 130
Against Slanderp. 131
How we should Bless God in all Troublep. 132
On Asking God's Help, and the Certainty of his Gracep. 133
On Forsaking Creatures to Find the Creatorp. 135
On Self-Denial, and Renunciation of our Desiresp. 137
On Inconstancy of Heartp. 138
On God's Graciousness to Those who Love Himp. 139
How There is no Security from Temptationp. 140
Against the Vain Judgements of Menp. 142
How Surrender of Self Brings Freedom of Heartp. 143
On the Right Ordering of our Affairsp. 144
How we should not be Over Anxiousp. 145
How Man has no Personal Goodness of which to Boastp. 146
On Contempt for Worldly Honoursp. 147
That our Peace cannot Depend on Manp. 148
A Warning against Vain and Worldly Learningp. 149
On Avoiding Distractionsp. 150
How we should not Believe all we Hearp. 151
On Putting our Entire Trust in Godp. 153
How Burdens must be Borne to win Eternal Lifep. 155
On Eternity, and the Limitations of This Lifep. 156
On the Desire for Eternal Life, and the Wonder of God's Promisesp. 159
On Trust in God in all Troublep. 162
How when we Lack Strength for Higher Work we should Undertake Humble Tasksp. 165
How no Man is Worthy of God's Comfortp. 165
How God's Grace is not Granted to the Worldly-Mindedp. 167
On the Contrary Workings of Nature and Gracep. 168
On the Corruption of Nature, and the Power of Gracep. 171
How we must Follow Christ's Way of the Cross in Self-Denialp. 174
That we should never Despairp. 175
How we may not Inquire into the Unsearchable Judgements of Godp. 177
That we should Hope and Trust in God Alonep. 180
The Chapters of the Fourth Book: On the Blessed Sacrament
On the Deep Reverence with which Christ should be Receivedp. 183
On the Great Goodness and Love of God in this Sacramentp. 187
On the Value of Frequent Communionp. 190
On the Many Blessings Granted to the Devout Communicantp. 192
On the Dignity of the Sacrament, and of the Priestly Officep. 194
On Preparation for Communionp. 196
On Self-Examination, and the Purpose of Amendmentp. 196
On the Offering of Christ on the Crossp. 198
How we must Offer Ourselves wholly to God, and Pray for all Menp. 199
That Holy Communion is not to be Lightly Foregonep. 201
How the Body of Christ and the Holy Scriptures are most Necessary to the Faithful Soulp. 204
On the Need for Careful Preparation to Receive Christ in Holy Communionp. 207
How the Devout Soul should Sincerely Desire Union with Christ in his Sacramentp. 209
On Ardent Desire for the Body of Christp. 210
How Devotion is Won by Humility and Self-Denialp. 211
How we should Declare our Needs to Christ, and Ask his Gracep. 213
On Ardent Love and Eager Desire to Receive Christp. 214
How we should Approach Christ's Sacrament Humbly, Submitting Reason to Holy Faithp. 216
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ISBN: 9780140440270
ISBN-10: 0140440275
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st June 1952
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1