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The Imitation Of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
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Jun 22, 2010

it was ok
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An excerpt from a new review posted on Schaeffer's Ghost:
The problem is the gospel. It's simply not there. While it may be that Kempis believed the gospel and took it for granted that his readers did the same--which was my opinion when I first read this book back in high school. However, the simple fact is that Christ's atoning sacrifice for our sins is completely absent from this volume. There are vague references to grace, to appealing to God and Christ for aid, but ultimately this is a book about the things you should do--not the great thing that has already been done. In this sense, it functions a bit like the law--it opens your eyes to see how utterly you fail to live up to the standard (in this case, your failure to imitate Christ). Indeed, I remember vividly the conviction I felt the first time I read it. It's great for making you feel the weight of your sin. It just can't help you bear that burden.
Full review available here.

[The original review appeared here in its entirety, and is now available at the above blog.]
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Reading Progress

June 22, 2010 – Shelved
July 15, 2010 – Shelved as: religion
December 1, 2011 – Started Reading
December 1, 2011 –
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March 20, 2012 – Finished Reading
October 1, 2013 –
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