Thomas à Kempis, 1380-1471, was born at Kempen, Germany. About 1392 Thomas went to Deventer, Netherlands, where he studied under the theologian Florentius Radewyns, who in 1387 had founded a congregation of Augustinian canons regular living in community and bound by vows.
Thomas joined the Windesheim congregation at Agnietenberg monastery, where he remained. He took his vows in 1408, was ordained in 1413, and devoted his life to copying manuscripts and to directing novices. He was the probable author of The Imitation of Christ, which has sold more copies than any other Christian book, apart from the Bible.
Sir Thomas More, England’s famous Lord Chancellor, said it was one of the three books everybody ought to own. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, read a chapter from it every day. Methodist founder John Wesley said it was the best summary of the Christian life he had ever read.
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