Imitation of Christ

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The Imitation of Christ was an influential devotional book published anonymously in 1418. Written in Latin, it advises Christians on how to imitate Christ as the one true God. It is the most widely read spiritual book in the world, after the Bible.

The book is actually a collection of four books or parts:

  • useful advice for a spiritual life
  • further admonishments concerning spiritual things
  • consolations about inferior matters
  • the Blessed Sacrament

Protestants often read this work with the fourth book omitted.

Scholars attribute the authorship of this book to Thomas á Kempis , who was a canon of the Netherlands.