The Imitation of Christ
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The Imitation of Christ

By à Kempis Thomas
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The Imitation of Christ (Latin: De Imitatione Christi) by Thomas à Kempis is a Christian devotional book. It was first composed in Latin ca.1418-1427. It is a handbook for spiritual life arising from the Devotio Moderna movement, of which Kempis was a member.
The Imitation is perhaps the most widely read devotional work next to the Bible, and is regarded as a devotional and religious classic. Its popularity was immediate, and it was printed 745 times before 1650. Apart from the Bible, no book has been translated into more languages than the Imitation of Christ.
The text is divided into four books, which provide detailed spiritual instructions: "Helpful Counsels of the Spiritual Life", "Directives for the Interior Life", "On Interior Consolation" and "On the Blessed Sacrament".
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. The book places a high level of emphasis on the devotion to the Eucharist as key element of spiritual life.
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Table of Contents
  • THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
  • INTRODUCTORY NOTE
  • THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
  • THE FIRST BOOK
    • ADMONITIONS PROFITABLE FOR THE SPIRITUAL LIFE
      • CHAPTER II
      • CHAPTER III
      • CHAPTER IV
      • CHAPTER V
      • CHAPTER VI
      • CHAPTER VII
      • CHAPTER VIII
      • CHAPTER IX
      • CHAPTER X
      • CHAPTER XI
      • CHAPTER XII
      • CHAPTER XIII
      • CHAPTER XIV
      • CHAPTER XV
      • CHAPTER XVII
      • CHAPTER XVIII
      • CHAPTER XIX
      • CHAPTER XX
      • CHAPTER XXI
      • CHAPTER XXII
      • CHAPTER XXIII
      • CHAPTER XXIV
      • CHAPTER XXV
  • THE SECOND BOOK
    • ADMONITIONS CONCERNING THE INNER LIFE
      • CHAPTER II
      • CHAPTER III
      • CHAPTER V
      • CHAPTER VI
      • CHAPTER VII
      • CHAPTER VIII
      • CHAPTER IX
      • CHAPTER X
      • CHAPTER XI
      • CHAPTER XII
  • THE THIRD BOOK
    • ON INWARD CONSOLATION
      • CHAPTER II
      • CHAPTER III
      • A PRAYER FOR THE SPIRIT OF DEVOTION
      • CHAPTER IV
      • CHAPTER V
      • CHAPTER VI
      • CHAPTER VII
      • CHAPTER VIII
      • CHAPTER IX
      • CHAPTER X
      • CHAPTER XI
      • CHAPTER XII
      • CHAPTER XIII
      • CHAPTER XIV
      • CHAPTER XV
      • CHAPTER XVI
      • CHAPTER XVII
      • CHAPTER XVIII
      • CHAPTER XIX
      • CHAPTER XX
      • CHAPTER XXI
      • CHAPTER XXII
      • CHAPTER XXIII
      • CHAPTER XXIV
      • CHAPTER XXV
      • CHAPTER XXVI
      • CHAPTER XXVII
      • A PRAYER FOR CLEANSING OF THE HEART AND FOR HEAVENLY WISDOM
      • CHAPTER XXVIII
      • CHAPTER XXIX
      • CHAPTER XXX
      • CHAPTER XXXI
      • CHAPTER XXXII
      • CHAPTER XXXIII
      • CHAPTER XXXIV
      • CHAPTER XXXV
      • CHAPTER XXXVI
      • CHAPTER XXXVII
      • CHAPTER XXXVIII
      • CHAPTER XXXIX
      • CHAPTER XL
      • CHAPTER XLI
      • CHAPTER XLII
      • CHAPTER XLIII
      • CHAPTER XLIV
      • CHAPTER XLV
      • CHAPTER XLVI
      • CHAPTER XLVII
      • CHAPTER XLVIII
      • CHAPTER XLIX
      • CHAPTER L
      • CHAPTER LI
      • CHAPTER LII
      • CHAPTER LIII
      • CHAPTER LIV
      • CHAPTER LV
      • CHAPTER LVII
      • CHAPTER LVIII
      • CHAPTER LIX
  • THE FOURTH BOOK
    • OF THE SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR
      • CHAPTER I
      • CHAPTER II
      • CHAPTER III
      • CHAPTER IV
      • CHAPTER V
      • CHAPTER VI
      • CHAPTER VII
      • CHAPTER VIII
      • CHAPTER IX
      • CHAPTER X
      • CHAPTER XI
      • CHAPTER XII
      • CHAPTER XIII
      • CHAPTER XIV
      • CHAPTER XV
      • CHAPTER XVI
      • CHAPTER XVII
      • CHAPTER XVIII
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