“There is no middle ground; our faith must be passionately focused on Christ, or we become earthbound, caught up with concerns, pleasures, and friends who will inevitably fail us.”
Thomas a Kempis was not a haphazard follower of Jesus. The depth of his masterpiece mirrors the life of a man who did whatever was necessary to imitate his own Savior.
A Kempis lived as intentionally as he wrote. We must turn away from the things of this world, we must live sacrificially, we must be inundated with Christ’s passionate teaching, and we must pray to be removed from distraction.
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. May we all commit to be this effective in our emulation of Jesus.
“This is not everyone’s favorite, but its on everyone’s list. This is the most widely published and read book on spirituality in our tradition. It is amazing how well its medieval monkishness carries over into the modern world. When Dag Hammarskjold was killed in an airplane crash in Africa, the books found in his briefcase were the Bible and The Imitation.” –Eugene Peterson, from his book Take and Read –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.