The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis is perhaps the most widely read devotional work next to the Bible. Apart from the Bible, no book has been translated into more languages than the Imitation of Christ. 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. Both Protestants and Catholics — as well as mystics and historians of religious thought — have studied these meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus, finding in them a path to prayer and spiritual guidance.
With its simple, readable text, and a short reflection from the Documents of Vatican II for each chapter this edition will appeal to new readers as well as to those already familiar with this popular devotional.