The Imitation of Christ Author:Thomas K. Kempis New York: Cardinal Edition No. C-104 / Pocket Books, 1953. First printing of this edition. A timeless religious classic, once the most widely read Christian title after the Bible. Cover design by Charles Skaggs--Valenti Angelo (illustrations) — Richard Whitford (translated by) — This Cardinal edition of The Imitation of Christ is based essentially... more » on the typographic design and format of the edition published by the Peter Pauper Press.
"The Imitation of Christ" is a collection of spiritual sayings on a variety of themes. Thomas a Kempis quoted the Bible most of all--mainly the psalms, the words of Jesus, and the epistles of paul--but he also used quotations from Augustine, Bernard of Calirvaux, and a number of the German mystics, includeing Eckhart, Tauler, Suso, and Ruysbroeck. Because of such a variety of sources, it is difficult to generalize about the book's content; but it is possible to detect a point of view. For Thomas a Kempis, the Christian life consisted chiefly in who we are, not just what we know or believe.« less