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From the Summer 2018 issue of Knowing & Doing:

An Encouragement to Read Thomas à Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ

by Jim Phillips
City Director, C.S. Lewis Institute – Annapolis

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  Remember, The Imitation of Christ is not Scripture, just as My Utmost for His Highest is not. But because of the heart of these writers, and their commitment to be true to Scripture’s teachings, we can benefit from commentary and teaching that reflect the gift of wisdom that was given each for his or her day and time – wisdom that is relevant to all people, for all time, without chronological bias.
  Put the new books aside, pick up a classic, and experience the timelessness of Scripture’s wisdom in the writing of Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ.

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1  Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, edited by Harold J. Chadwick (Bridge-Logos Publishers, Pure Gold Classic edition, 1999), Book One, p. 12.
2  Ibid., Book One, p. 26.
3  Ibid., Book One, p. 27.
4  Ibid., Book One, p. 36.
5  Ibid., Book One, p. 51.
6  Ibid., Book One, p. 97.


A 1975 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Jim flew AV-8A Harriers with the U.S. Marine Corps before entering corporate life in 1981. He retired in 2018 from a 36 year career in information technology and lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife of over 40 years, Ann. He is a City Director for the C.S. Lewis Institute – Annapolis and a student at Saint John’s College where he is studying the Great Books and their influence on western civilization. Jim and Ann have three children and five grandchildren.


Recommended Reading:
Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ, edited by Harold J. Chadwick (Bridge-Logos Publishers, revised edition, 1999)

For five centuries, it’s been one of the best–loved books of Christianity. This updated edition features 1,000 end–of–chapter Scripture references and notes, a section of devotional excerpts, and a topical index. Sensitively updated language makes this spiritual classic even more accessible to contemporary readers. For all seekers desiring an intimate knowledge of Christ.

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