You’ve probably guessed which work we’re talking about. It’s The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis.
Thomas published his book in the 15th century. Before long, the book was widely popular. Readers were astonished and inspired by the profound spiritual truths and guides it contained. The Imitation of Christ became the favorite of many saints, religious and laity alike.
A few centuries later St. Thérèse said of it, “It was the only book which helped me for I had not as yet discovered the treasures which are hidden in Sacred Scriptures. I carried this little book around with me at all times.”
St. Thérèse knew The Imitation of Christ so well that, even as a young girl, she could recite any random page from it upon command.
The Imitation of Christ is a guide into the interior life. It gives us the tools necessary for drawing closer to God, defining what the interior life is, how to attain it, and why it is necessary for every Christian. For example, it tells us how to turn worldliness into godliness—the first step upon which everything else depends.
The book is divided into four parts: 1) Useful admonitions for a spiritual life; 2) Admonitions concerning spiritual things; 3) Interior consolation; and 4) the Blessed Sacrament. Each part educates, exhorts, and admonishes the reader, offering meditations and practical actions.
St. Thérèse would agree with another great and holy saint: St. Thomas More. He derived so much benefit from the book that he said it was important for every Christian to own a copy. Are you looking for a good copy of the work? Look no further—we’ve got the perfect one right here for you: the illuminated edition of The Imitation Of Christ. Intricate margins and beautiful, ancient icons help you contemplate the spiritual beauty and richness found in Thomas à Kempis’s words. Get your copy today!