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The Imitation of Christ : A Timeless Classic for Contemporary Readers - Thomas A. Kempis

The Imitation of Christ

A Timeless Classic for Contemporary Readers

By: Thomas A. Kempis, Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R. (Foreword by), William C. Creasy (Translator)

Paperback Published: 31st January 2004
ISBN: 9780870612312
Number Of Pages: 256

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"What would Jesus do?"

That's the primary question Thomas à Kempis answers in his universally acclaimed work, The Imitation of Christ. In 114 short chapters organized into four simple parts, this handbook on the spiritual life offers guidance on dozens of topics such as resisting temptation, avoiding hasty judgments, putting up with others' faults, remembering God's many blessings, self-surrender, minding our own business, and performing humble works.

William Creasy succeeds in creating a dramatically different interpretation of The Imitation of Christ by working through its historical, cultural, and linguistic contexts.

This book inspired the likes of St. Thomas More, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Therese of Lisieux, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton. Along with such classics as Augustine's Confessions, Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle, and Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises, The Imitation of Christ continues to confront each generation of readers with the perennial truths of the Gospel.

"William Creasy has done the Body of Christ a great service in giving us this translation. Through it, may The Imitation continue to nourish, refresh, challenge, and cajole Christians of all ages and anyone-believers and non-believers alike-seriously considering embarking on the spiritual journey. It would be difficult to find a more faithful, accessible, and easy-to-read contemporary English rendering of the text." --From the foreword by Rev. Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R., John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

"William Creasy's version of The Imitation of Christ is more than a new translation of a timeless work. It is a re-creation of a 560-year-old classic that infuses it with life and meaning for contemporary readers." --Renovar , Englewood, Colorado

"For a long time I had nourished my spiritual life with the 'fine flour' contained in The Imitation of Christ. It was the only book which did me good, for I had not yet found the treasures hidden in the Holy Gospels. I always had it with me, to the amusement of my people at home." --St. Th r se of Lisieux

"The unchallenged masterpiece of devotional literature for half a millennium. Christians worldwide have been immensely enriched by this simple book." --Richard J. Foster, Christian theologian

"The Imitation of Christ is a book that followed me through my days. Again and again I came across copies of it and the reading of it brought me comfort. I felt in the background of my life a waiting force that would lift me up eventually." --Dorothy Day, Founder of The Catholic Worker Movement

Prefacep. 8
Introductionp. 11
Useful Reminders for the Spiritual Life
Of the Imitation of Christp. 30
Of Having a Humble Opinion about Yourselfp. 31
Of the Teaching of Truthp. 32
Of Thinking before You Actp. 34
Of Reading Holy Writingsp. 35
Of Confused Feelingsp. 35
Of Avoiding Empty Hope and Self-Praisep. 36
Of Avoiding Inappropriate Intimacyp. 37
Of Obedience for Those under Religious Vowsp. 37
Of Avoiding Unnecessary Talkp. 38
Of Finding Peace and Making Spiritual Progressp. 39
Of Putting Troubles to Usep. 40
Of Resisting Temptationsp. 41
Of Avoiding Hasty Judgmentsp. 43
Of Works Done Out of Lovep. 43
Of Putting Up with Others' Faultsp. 44
Of the Monastic Lifep. 45
Of the Examples of the Holy Fathersp. 46
Of the Training of a Good Religious Personp. 47
Of the Love of Solitude and Silencep. 49
Of Heartfelt Remorsep. 51
Of Human Miseryp. 53
Of Thinking about Deathp. 55
Of Judgment and Punishmentp. 57
Of Improving Our Livesp. 59
Suggestions Drawing One toward the Inner Life
Of God Speaking within Youp. 64
Of Placing Your Life in God's Handsp. 66
Of the Good and Peaceful Personp. 67
Of Pure Feelings and Simple Intentionsp. 68
Of Paying Attention to One's Selfp. 69
Of the Joy of a Good Consciencep. 70
Of Loving Jesus above All Elsep. 71
Of Intimate Friendship with Jesusp. 72
Of Emptinessp. 73
Of Gratitude for God's Gracep. 75
Of the Few Who Love Jesus's Crossp. 77
Of the Royal Road of the Holy Crossp. 78
Of Inner Comfort
Of Christ Speaking in Your Own Heartp. 84
That Truth Speaks Quietly to the Heartp. 85
That We Should Listen to God's Words with Deep Humility and Serious Intentp. 86
That We Should Live in God's Presence in Truth and Humilityp. 88
Of the Wonderful Effects of God's Lovep. 89
Of the Proof of a True Loverp. 91
Of Protecting Grace with Humilityp. 93
Of Humility before Godp. 95
That All Things Come from God and Must Return to Godp. 96
Of How Good It Is to Serve Godp. 97
That Feelings May Not Always Be What They Seemp. 98
Of Patiencep. 99
Of Obedience and Humilityp. 100
Of Seeing Ourselves through God's Eyesp. 101
Of What We Are to Do and Say about All Our Desiresp. 102
That We Are to Seek True Comfort in God Alonep. 103
That We Should Take All Our Cares to Godp. 104
That We Should Bear Our Hardships Patiently after Christ's Examplep. 105
Of Bearing Injuries and the Proof of True Patiencep. 106
Of Admitting Our Own Weaknessesp. 107
That We Should Rest in God above All Elsep. 109
Of Remembering God's Many Blessingsp. 111
Of Four Things that Bring Great Peacep. 112
Of Avoiding Curiosity about Other People's Livesp. 114
Of True Peace of Heartp. 115
That True Freedom Comes More from Humble Prayer than from Much Readingp. 116
That Self-love Blocks Us from Attaining the Highest Goodp. 117
Of Those Who Speak against Usp. 119
Of How We Should Bless God in Times of Trialp. 119
Of Asking for God's Helpp. 120
Of Setting Aside All Created Things that We May Find the Creatorp. 122
Of Growing beyond Selfp. 123
Of Our Changing Hearts, and of Focusing Our Sight on Godp. 124
That the Person Who Loves God Enjoys Him above All and in Allp. 125
That There Is No Freedom from Temptation in This Lifep. 126
That You Should Not Worry about What Other People May Say about Youp. 127
Of Gaining a Free Heart through Total Self-Surrenderp. 128
Of Controlling Our Behavior, and of Running to God in Time of Dangerp. 129
That a Person Must Not Be Overly Eager in His Affairsp. 130
That All a Person's Goodness Comes from God, Not from Himselfp. 131
Of Seeing All Worldly Honor as Nothingp. 132
That Peace Does Not Depend on Other Peoplep. 133
Against Arrogant Learningp. 134
Of Minding Our Own Businessp. 135
That We Should Not Believe Everything We Hear and of How Easy It Is to Speak Ill of Othersp. 136
Of Having Confidence in God when Sharp Words Attack Usp. 137
That All Burdens Are to Be Endured for the Sake of Eternal Lifep. 139
Of Life and of Eternityp. 140
Of Longing for Eternal Life and of the Promise It Holdsp. 142
How a Lonely Person Should Place Himself in God's Handsp. 145
That We Must Perform Humble Works When WeAre Unable to Perform Higher Onesp. 147
That We Should Not Think Ourselves Worthy of Comfort but Deserving of Correctionp. 148
That God's Grace Does Not Mix with the Wisdom of the Worldp. 149
Of the Differing Movements of Nature and Gracep. 150
Of Fallen Nature and the Effect of Divine Gracep. 153
That We Should Turn from Ourselves and Imitate Christ by Way of the Crossp. 154
That We Should Not Be Too Dejected When We Failp. 156
Of Not Prying into Things That Are beyond Our Understandingp. 157
That All Hope and Trust Should Be Fixed on God Alonep. 160
The Book on the Sacrament
With What Great Reverence Christ Should Be Receivedp. 164
What Great Goodness and Love God Shows to Us in This Sacramentp. 168
How It is Helpful to Receive Communion Oftenp. 170
That Many Good Things Are Given to Those Who Devoutly Receive Communionp. 171
Of the Dignity of the Sacrament and of the Priesthoodp. 173
The Question of Preparing before Communionp. 174
Of Examining One's Conscience, and of Planning to Change for the Betterp. 175
Of Christ's Offering on the Cross, and of Our Own Self-Surrenderp. 176
That We Ought to Offer Ourselves and All That Is Ours to God, and That We Ought to Pray for All Othersp. 177
That Holy Communion Is Not to Be Lightly Omittedp. 179
That the Body of Christ and the Holy Scriptures Are Most Necessary to the Faithful Soulp. 181
That Receiving Christ in Holy Communion Requires Preparationp. 183
That a Devout Soul Should Wish Wholeheartedly to Be United with Christ in the Sacramentp. 185
Of the Ardent Desire of Some Devout People to Receive the Body of Christp. 186
That the Grace of Devotion Is Gained by Humilityp. 187
That We Should Make Our Needs Known to Christ and Ask for His Helpp. 188
Of Burning Love and the Strong Desire to Receive Christp. 189
That We Should Not Pry into This Sacrament Out of Curiosityp. 191
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ISBN: 9780870612312
ISBN-10: 087061231X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 31st January 2004
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Type: New edition