Monday, January 11, 2016
The Imitation of Christ
When does a classic become new, fresh and extremely relevant? When someone takes it out of an outdated format and makes it readable, searchable and understandable. The Imitation of Christ has been in print for over 500 years for a good reason. It is powerful, beautiful and heart piercing. James Watkins has taken those words and reworked them into ninety daily readings, arranged by topic. Whether for daily devotions or for sound insight into a particular issue, Watkins paraphrase blends the ancient with the modern to introduce this classic to a new audience, speaking to all Christians with credibility and authority and using inclusive language not found in the original.
My thoughts: While I love the original language and old fashioned way that Thomas A Kempis wrote his Imitation of Christ in, I can admit that it is also nice to have this devotional on the bookshelf as a companion to it, since it is easier to get through. I like that the devotionals use modern language to get the points across, not taking away for the message. With a new year having just started, I think that now is a great time to pick up this timeless devotional and jump in, though it is in no way set up to go by a calendar. I just like starting a new devotion with the start of a new year.;) So, it arrived at the perfect time for me!
I received this book from Worthy in exchange for my honest review.