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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Book Review: The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas A Kempis, edited by James Watkins

In his latest literary undertaking, James Watkins compiled and edited ninety devotional readings, taking Thomas A Kempis’ classic devotional, updating the language, bringing each of these devotions into modern wording.

Each devotion begins with a scripture passage from the New Living Testament. The format of this book is a conversation between the Christ and the disciple, and the reader, keeping the style of Thomas A Kempis. When the essay starts with ‘The Christ,’ the reader is instructed in ways to follow Christ. Several of the passages that start with ‘The Disciple,’ come across as prayer like.

Jim Watkin’s rendition of this classic book impresses me. I choose one devotional book to read during a year. I have chosen to study The Imitation of Christ during 2016.

I would recommend this devotional book to anyone in laity leadership positions who want to grow closer to the Lord. In addition, this volume would make a valuable addition to the personal library of seminary students, as well as pastors in pulpit ministry.

The Imitation of Christ is available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Imitation-Christ-Classic-Devotions-Language/dp/1617956767/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1452530317&sr=1-7&keywords=The+Imitation

Also at Worthy Inspired: http://worthyinspired.com/books.php

And at Barnes and Noble:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/imitation-of-christ-thomas-kempis/1123110539;jsessionid=7AA9453FD830C63ED2BCA6305050DA2C.prodny_store02-atgap13?ean=9781617956768

Also at Christian Books: http://www.christianbook.com/imitation-christ-new-modern-english-translation/thomas-kempis/9781617956768/pd/956768?event=ESRCG

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Worthy Inspired at the direction of the editor. All they asked of me was to give an unbiased review.


  1. Hi Cecelia! I have read and enjoyed the Imitation of Christ for many, many years. It's so challenging, and really gets to the heart of things. I'm sure this study on this wonderful book would be so worth the time to read it. Any way we can encourage ourselves to be like Christ is the way to follow.

    I hope you enjoy your study!

    1. Ceil: Yes, I have. I am trying to figure out a way to make gifts of this volume to some close friends


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