Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Book Review: The Imitation of Christ

Author: Thomas A Kempis 
Title of the Book: "The Imitation of Christ" 

Year of Publication: 2008
Place of Publication: New Delhi    
Publisher: The Bombay Saint Paul Society 
Number of Pages: 375
Price: PhP 127.50 
ISBN: 81-7109-126-1

It was said that "The Imitation of Christ" is the second most popular book to the Holy Bible in the Catholic world.
I have known about this book when I was in high school taking up our Filipino subject in which we were discussing about Dr. Jose P. Rizal.
In Dr. Jose P. Rizal's biography, it was mentioned that he gave this book to his wife Josephine Bracken before his execution in Luneta.

The "Imitation of Christ" is a book which expresses a strong desire for God and one has to strive for that.

It also enjoins one to renounce the pleasures of this world for something more eternal. "Verily, when the day of judgment comes, we shall not be examined on what we have read, but on what we have done; not on how learnedly we have spoken, but on how religiously we have lived," thus wrote Thomas a Kempis.

What is good about the book is that it can serve as a daily reflection with its short chapters. After the reading for reflection, there is a short prayer asking for God's grace to be able to live on what was reflected upon. Then, there are short verses to memorize and a short statement on what one has to practice.

Some of the lessons contained therein were also mentioned in the "Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius," which I will also review later in this blog.

Overall, the book provides spiritual insights on how one should live his/her life to make it meaningful, fruitful and blessed.

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