John Wright brings out guide to imitating Christ
Local author John Wright has published a booklet summarising in 45 pages The Imitation of Christ, the classical work by Thomas à Kempis.
À Kempis was born in 1380 in Kempen, Germany but moved to the Netherlands, where he joined the Windesheim congregation at Agnietenberg monastery. His work, The Imitation of Christ, has sold more copies than any other Christian book, apart from the Bible.
“Why is this most read Christian book after the Bible so popular?” asks Pippa Dannatt, Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk. “Because it places love at the heart of everything - at the heart of our faith, our family and our nation. It is an absolute privilege to endorse this precious book. John Wright’s Summary is his legacy to us all.”
“John Wright's abbreviation of The Imitation of Christ is a manual that every minister of Christ could well read and meditate on,” writes John Betts, Project Director of Celebrate Norwich and Norfolk. “In today’s culture ministers are under pressure to be conformed to this world. Reading this book will prove to be an invaluable antidote to those pressures and a great assistance in being conformed to the image of Christ.”
“The Imitation calls us to prioritise our inner life as we experience the trials and temptations of life,” writes Stephen Mawditt, formerly leader of the Fountain of Life Church in Ashill. “John has done a great service by giving us a summary of each chapter. He shows the value of simplicity, humility and intimacy in communion with Christ and one another.”
À Kempis wrote: “Love is a mighty power, a great and complete good; Love alone lightens every burden, and makes the rough places smooth. It bears every hardship as though it were nothing, and renders all bitterness sweet and acceptable. ... Love aspires to high things, and is held back by nothing base.”
You can receive a free online copy of the book by emailing John Wright on firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above is Thomas à Kempis