Saturday, January 16, 2016

Book Review - 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 When someone takes it out of an outdated format and makes it readable, searchable and understandable.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.


This classic book has been a favorite of many for over 500 years but the old fashioned wording could make it difficult to read and understand. Mr. Watkins has updated this wonderful book to make it readable, and therefore, more applicable to apply to our life today.

Each devotion starts with a Scripture to meditate on and then a devotion to go with it. The devotions are in different sections focusing on imitating Christ's character and include certain attributes such as being wise, humble, trusting, disciplined, and being pure. These devotions are just as timely now as they were when they were written.

There are a total of 90 devotions in this book, not enough for the whole year, but I would highly recommend going through this book over again as each time you read them you definitely get something new out of it.

I really enjoyed this book as it grew me deeper in relationship with the Lord. It's a great book for your daily devotional/quiet time. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by First Look

Blessings - Julie

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