Well, aside from the importance of solitude and silence that I always find to have especially during the early mornings when I wake up to urinate and I could not sleep, I grab the rosary in my side of the bed and pray. He wrote The Imitation of Christ between 1420 and 1427 with the first hand-written manuscripts appearing around 1427. The Glory of the Lord V: The Realm of Metaphysics in the Modern Age. . He was a member of the , a spiritual movement during the late medieval period, and a follower of and , the founders of the. The approach taken in the Imitation is characterized by its emphasis on the interior life and withdrawal from the world, as opposed to an active imitation of Christ by other friars. A classic in every state of the word, The Imitation of Christ places the fruit of one man's single-minded devotion to God's calling on his life within the reach of every reader.
Anyone who embraces the wisdom in this book and lives by its precepts, will be a happy and content person. از انجیل بخوانیم: دل ایشان مغرور گردید و از این جهت مرا فراموش کردند بابی از ابواب کتاب نیست که مرید را به خضوع فرانخواند و هیچی و پوچی اش را به او گوش زد نکند. But I think I'd rather read an Imitation of St. Theologian wrote that the Imitation presents an accurate description of the Christ of the Gospels, and gives an unbiased reading of the words of Jesus. About The Imitation of Christ Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. Furthermore, who is so wise that he can have full knowledge of everything? The overwhelming theme of the text is suffering, that is, imitating Christ through suffe Truly, this is a 1.
Thomas joined the Windesheim congregation at Agnietenberg monastery, where he remained almost continually for over 70 years. It just occurred to me to revisit the preface and sure enough I di This is one of the heaviest books I've ever read in the realm of christian thought. Several sources of authority, including members of his own order, name Kempis as the author, and various contemporary manuscripts, including one autograph codex, bear his name. And although thou be very unwilling to hear it, and feel indignation, yet check thyself, and suffer no unadvised word to come forth from thy lips, whereby the little ones may be offended. Why Kempis avoids this discussion, I do not know. I'm serious, it's a good book.
If they were genuine and the author of Imitation seems to be the real deal. It had been almost completely co-opted by Republican political operatives and Christian Fundamentalists with whom I had little or no sense of theological community. Thomasa Kempis' Imitation of Christ is one in this series, featured here with fine art cover design; edited by Rosalie DeRosset. Associate with the humble and the simple, with the devout and virtuous, and with them speak of edifying things. This meditation on the spiritual life has inspired readers from Thomas More and St. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory.
Now Hendrickson Christian Classics allows readers to build an essential classics library in affordable modern editions. Although à Kempis spent most of his life in the cloister, his burning faith and love of God speak to us on the level of shared humanity. Hence it makes him sad to forego them; he is quick to anger if reproved. Next to the Bible, this book is the most-published--and most deeply cherished--book in any language. The first printed edition appeared in in ca. Do not keep company with young people and strangers. Christians of such widely differing period and outlook as Thomas More and General Gordon, Ignatius Loyola and John Wesley, Francis Xavier and Dr Johnson are but a few of the thousands who have acknowledged their debt to this work.
This little book calls the reader to a life of intensity and discipline in following Christ. De Backer enumerates 545 Latin and about 900 French editions. Likewise we ought to read simple and devout books as willingly as learned and profound ones. Men only see your face, but it is God who sees your heart. It is through the sacraments that we can form union with Jesus and it is through following Him, through imitating Him that we can have share an eternal life with Him. Kempis, being Roman Catholic, occasionally makes reference to doctrines of the Catholic Church that are contrary to Protestant views. It's not comforting or particularly warm and it makes no accommodations.
Vivekananda would always carry a copy of the Bhagavad Gita and the Imitation. The venerable authors of these Spiritual Classics are expert guides--may we follow their directions home. To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Thus, all things are of little profit to you until you realize that I am the one Who saves those who trust in Me, and that outside of Me there is no worth-while help, or any useful counsel or lasting remedy. This ought to be our purpose, then: to conquer self, to become stronger each day, to advance in virtue. By the end of the 15th century, the book had more than 100 printed editions and translations in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Also enjoyable, and boosting my review from 1 to 1.
These meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus, written in times even more troubled and dangerous than our own, have become second only to the Bible as a guide and inspiration. I recommend this to any and all Christians and anyone else who is interested. For a long time after I kept a copy of Imitation close at hand and read the parts I liked constantly. Seek only the intimacy of God and of His angels, and avoid the notice of men. Thomas of Kempen, as he was known at school, was so impressed by his teachers that he decided to live his own life according to their ideals. In the morning make a resolution and in the evening examine yourself on what you have said this day, what you have done and thought, for in these things perhaps you have often offended God and those about you. And hearing the familiar chords of kingdom living sung by voices from other times can penetrate cultural barriers that limit our allegiance to the King.
Seek the advice of your betters in preference to following your own inclinations. No wonder people get the wrong view of Christianity 10 April 2010 I read this book for church history and I really did not like it. This is very deep and high. Let our chief effort, therefore, be to study the life of Jesus Christ. Now, there is something to be said for skepticism about organized religion.