I noticed some people posting on another thread about Thomas a Kempis’ “The Imitation of Christ” being a comforting and anxiety-reducing book. I had a question about that, so I am starting this new thread so I don’t hijack the other person’s thread about an unrelated topic.
I have spent some time reading “The Imitation of Christ”, primarily as part of renewing my Marian consecration. I also had a copy of it at one point years ago and tried to read it, but I did not get very far.
While I see it as a spiritually valuable and worthwhile book, I do not see it as particularly comforting or helpful for reducing anxiety, because large parts of it are about how lousy we are and how we should strive to do better spiritually. It is not something I pick up and read when I want to feel reassured of Jesus’ love for me. Rather, I come away from it feeling like a very lowly creature who can never do enough and who God just sort of lets exist on this earth. Now that can be a very useful feeling for humility or just as a reminder that thou art dust, but like I said, it’s not loving or reassuring stuff.
What do you guys find so nice or comforting or pleasant about that book? Did I read the wrong parts and it gets all happy later?