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Imitatio Christi

ISBN-10: 0140440275
ISBN-13: 9780140440270
Edition: 2005
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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/1952
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

This is a passionate celebration of God and his love, mercy and holiness, which has inspired conversion and stimulated religious devotion for over 500 years. With great personal conviction, Thomas Kempis demonstrates the individual's reliance on God and on the words of Christ, and the futility of life without faith.

Thomas � Kempis was born at Kempen, Germany in 1380. He attended Deventer in the Netherlands where he eventually joined the Canons and was later ordained as a priest. His most well-known work is the Imitation of Christ. It has been acclaimed as one of the greatest spiritual writings of all time. For some time there was some dispute as to the title's authorship. He died July 25, 1471.

Introduction
The Chapters of the First Book: Counsels on the Spiritual Life
On the Imitation of Christ
On Personal Humility
On the Teaching of Truth
On Prudence in Action
On Reading the Holy Scriptures
On Control of the Desires
On Avoiding Vain Hope and Conceit
On Guarding against Familiarity
On Obedience and Discipline
On Avoiding Talkativeness
On Peace, and Spiritual Progress
On the Uses of Adversity
On Resisting Temptations
On Avoiding Rash Judgements
On Deeds Inspired by Love
On Bearing with the Faults of Others
On the Monastic Life
On the Examples of the Holy Fathers
On the Practices of a Good Religious
On the Love of Solitude and Silence
On Contrition of Heart
On Human Misery
A Meditation on Death
On Judgement, and the Punishment of Sinners
On the Zealous Amendment of our Life
The Chapters of the Second Book: Counsels on the Inner Life
On the Inner Life
On Humble Submission to God
On the Good and Peaceful Man
On Purity of Mind and Simplicity of Purpose
On Knowing Ourselves
On the Joys of a Good Conscience
On Loving Jesus above all Things
On Close Friendship with Jesus
On the Lack of all Comfort
On Gratitude for God's Grace
On the Few Lovers of the Cross of Jesus
On the Royal Road of the Holy Cross
The Chapters of the Third Book: On Inward Consolation
How Christ Speaks Inwardly to the Soul
How Truth Instructs us in Silence
On Humble Attention to God's Word
On Truth and Humility
On the Wonderful Effect of Divine Love
On the Proof of a True Lover
On Concealing Grace under Humility
On Humility in the Sight of God
How God Alone is our True End
On the Joy of God's Service
On Control of the Heart
On Learning Patience
On Obedience, after the Example of Christ
On the Secret Judgements of God
On the Ordering of our Desires
How True Comfort is to be Sought in God Alone
How we must put our Whole Trust in God
How Sorrows are to be Borne Patiently
On Enduring Injuries, and the Proof of Patience
On our own Weakness, and the Trials of This Life
How we must Rest in God Alone above all Things
On Being Mindful of God's Blessings
On Four Things that Bring Peace
On the Evils of Curiosity
On Lasting Peace and True Progress
On the Excellence of a Free Mind
How Self-Love Hinders our Search for God
Against Slander
How we should Bless God in all Trouble
On Asking God's Help, and the Certainty of his Grace
On Forsaking Creatures to Find the Creator
On Self-Denial, and Renunciation of our Desires
On Inconstancy of Heart
On God's Graciousness to Those who Love Him
How There is no Security from Temptation
Against the Vain Judgements of Men
How Surrender of Self Brings Freedom of Heart
On the Right Ordering of our Affairs
How we should not be Over Anxious
How Man has no Personal Goodness of which to Boast
On Contempt for Worldly Honours
That our Peace cannot Depend on Man
A Warning against Vain and Worldly Learning
On Avoiding Distractions
How we should not Believe all we Hear
On Putting our Entire Trust in God
How Burdens must be Borne to win Eternal Life
On Eternity, and the Limitations of This Life
On the Desire for Eternal Life, and the Wonder of God's Promises
On Trust in God in all Trouble
How when we Lack Strength for Higher Work we should Undertake Humble Tasks
How no Man is Worthy of God's Comfort
How God's Grace is not Granted to the Worldly-Minded
On the Contrary Workings of Nature and Grace
On the Corruption of Nature, and the Power of Grace
How we must Follow Christ's Way of the Cross in Self-Denial
That we should never Despair
How we may not Inquire into the Unsearchable Judgements of God
That we should Hope and Trust in God Alone
The Chapters of the Fourth Book: On the Blessed Sacrament
On the Deep Reverence with which Christ should be Received
On the Great Goodness and Love of God in this Sacrament
On the Value of Frequent Communion
On the Many Blessings Granted to the Devout Communicant
On the Dignity of the Sacrament, and of the Priestly Office
On Preparation for Communion
On Self-Examination, and the Purpose of Amendment
On the Offering of Christ on the Cross
How we must Offer Ourselves wholly to God, and Pray for all Men
That Holy Communion is not to be Lightly Foregone
How the Body of Christ and the Holy Scriptures are most Necessary to the Faithful Soul
On the Need for Careful Preparation to Receive Christ in Holy Communion
How the Devout Soul should Sincerely Desire Union with Christ in his Sacrament
On Ardent Desire for the Body of Christ
How Devotion is Won by Humility and Self-Denial
How we should Declare our Needs to Christ, and Ask his Grace
On Ardent Love and Eager Desire to Receive Christ
How we should Approach Christ's Sacrament Humbly, Submitting Reason to Holy Faith

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