The Imitation of Christ

A Timeless Classic for Contemporary Readers
Foreword by: Dennis Billy, CSsR
Translated by: William C. Creasy

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: August 11, 2017

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“What would Jesus do?”

That’s the primary question Thomas à Kempis answers in his universally acclaimed work, The Imitation of Christ. In 114 short chapters organized into four simple parts, this handbook on the spiritual life offers guidance on dozens of topics such as resisting temptation, avoiding hasty judgments, putting up with others’ faults, remembering God’s many blessings, self-surrender, minding our own business, and performing humble works.

William Creasy succeeds in creating a dramatically different interpretation of The Imitation of Christ by working through its historical, cultural, and linguistic contexts.

This book inspired the likes of St. Thomas More, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Thérèse of Lisieux, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton. Along with such classics as Augustine’s Confessions, Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle, and Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises, The Imitation of Christ continues to confront each generation of readers with the perennial truths of the Gospel.

Product Details

Pages: 256

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9780870612312

Imprint: Christian Classics

  • “Faithful, accessible, and easy-to-read.”


    “William Creasy has done the Body of Christ a great service in giving us this translation. Through it, may The Imitation continue to nourish, refresh, challenge, and cajole Christians of all ages and anyone–believers and non-believers alike–seriously considering embarking on the spiritual journey. It would be difficult to find a more faithful, accessible, and easy-to-read contemporary English rendering of the text.”

    From the foreword by Rev. Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R.
    John Cardinal Krol Chair of Moral Theology
    St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

  • “A re-creation of a 560-year-old classic.”


    “William Creasy’s version of The Imitation of Christ is more than a new translation of a timeless work. It is a re-creation of a 560-year-old classic that infuses it with life and meaning for contemporary readers.”

    Englewood, Colorado

  • “Fine flour.”


    “For a long time I had nourished my spiritual life with the ‘fine flour’ contained in The Imitation of Christ. It was the only book which did me good, for I had not yet found the treasures hidden in the Holy Gospels. I always had it with me, to the amusement of my people at home.”

    St. Thérèse of Lisieux

  • “Unchallenged masterpiece.”


    “The unchallenged masterpiece of devotional literature for half a millennium. Christians worldwide have been immensely enriched by this simple book.”

    Richard J. Foster
    Christian Theologian

  • “It brought me comfort.”


    The Imitation of Christ is a book that followed me through my days. Again and again I came across copies of it and the reading of it brought me comfort. I felt in the background of my life a waiting force that would lift me up eventually.”

    Dorothy Day
    Founder of The Catholic Worker Movement

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