The Imitation of Christ- One of the most important books ever written!
It has been said; that “After the Bible, the “Imitation of Christ” (on-line link) is the all-time favorite books of Catholics throughout the world”. It has also been said that the only book published more times than the “Imitation of Christ” is the Bible, which is the most published book of all time
I’ve read that; “Hundreds of years ago, Bishop Maximilian started the cause for the beatification of Thomas à Kempis. But when the Bishop died in 1688, the beatification process came to a stop.
Why isn’t****Thomas à Kempis a saint? Or is He? If you have any further information on **Thomas à Kempis can you please post it here?
Let us hope and pray that one day we will be able to say: St. Thomas à Kempis, Pray for Us! **
I have also read that the “Imitation of Christ” has been a guide to Saints since it first appeared”, more than 500 years ago and that; “St. Ignatius of Loyola was one of the many saints who loved to read the “Imitation of Christ.” And that He read it every day and encouraged others to read it too.”
Like many other Catholics, the “Imitation of Christ” is one of my favorite books, I own it and have read it many times over and I am giving two books as Christmas gifts this year.
After reading the book myself and listening to the “Imitation of Christ” on CD (I also have the “Imitation of Christ” CD -CD link) I feel that Thomas à Kempis truly knew what Jesus meant when he said “Believe in me”.
I think that **“Imitation of Christ” **(book link) is a “must” read for all Catholics and non-Catholic Christians. If you don’t have this book, get it!
(Note: Thomas was born in 1379, in Kempen, a small village near Cologne, Germany. His real name was Thomas Haemerken, but later his last name was made up from the name of the town where he was born.).