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out of an outdated format and makes it readable, searchable and understandable.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.


I have been reading this book on and off for over 30 years, so seeing that it was being up dated with today’s language I thought would give it a try. Being someone of an old school sort of person I made sure to keep an open mind just like I do when I read the book normally. The book is a meditation tool and one to help you in your journey on being Christ like. Forgiving people, getting out of yourself and giving to others. To look inside of yourself and how you can improve to be a better person. How to set your mind before you read the bible. You get my point. Originally this book was written over 500 years ago by a monk and has been updated occasionally. I have the Thomas O’Keefe edition which is probably the one that most people have if they have this book at all. I found this new updated translation to be enlighten and opened my eyes to passages that I have over time just read over and allowed my mind to drift. So this is a good book for that, and I cannot find fault for anyone who wants to get people to read this book. I think of this book that much. Just because you change the wording does not change the meaning that comes across from reading this book. A very good book! I got this book from netgalley. I gave this book 5 stars. Follow us at

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