The Imitation of Christ is the most famous devotional book ever written. Indeed, it is second only to the Bible as the most popular Christian book in existence, and is regarded as a devotional and religious classic.
It presents the fundamental principles of the spiritual life. The Christian soul is invited to follow Christ Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. As we study its contents we are convinced that without that Way there is no going, without that Truth there is no knowing, without that Life there is no real living.
The text is divided into four books, which provide detailed spiritual instructions:
- Useful Admonitions For A Spiritual Life
- Admonitions Concerning Interior Things
This translation by Bishop Challoner, who revised the Douay-Rheims Bible in the 1740's, is the most beautiful and edifying available. The Imitation of Christ speaks to the soul of every Christian, reminding him of the brevity of earthly joy compared to the eternity of happiness with God. This spiritual classic belongs to every Christian library.