Only the Bible has been more influential as a source of Christian devotional reading than The Imitation of Christ. This meditation on the spiritual life has inspired readers from Thomas More and St. Ignatius Loyola to Thomas Merton and Pope John Paul I. Written by the Augustinian monk Thomas à Kempis between 1420 and 1427, it contains clear instructions for renouncing wordly vanities and locating eternal truths. No book has more explicitly and movingly described the Christian ideal: "My son, to the degree that you can leave yourself behind, to that degree will you be able to enter into Me." With a new Preface by Sally Cunneen, author of In Search of Mary: The Woman and the Symbol.
"God is our home but many of us have strayed from our native land. The venerable authors of these Spiritual Classics are expert guides--may we follow their directions home."
--Archbishop Desmond Tutu
About the Author
Thomas a Kempis (also known as Thomas Hemerken) d. 1471, was a late medieval Catholic monk.
A former publishing executive, John F. Thornton is a literary agent and co-editor of Tongues of Angels, Tongues of Men: A Book of Sermons. He lives in New York City.
Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) was a renowned English author, educated at King's College for Women, London, and was Upton Lecturer on the Philosophy of Religion at Manchester College, Oxford from 1921 to 1922. From 1902 to 1940 she authored many works, but is most noted for the books she produced on various aspects of mysticism.