"Imitation of Christ" by Thomas a'Kempis
Thomas a'Kempis was born in 1380 near Kempen which is near Cologne, Germany. He and his brother John were sent to a school called Brethren of the Common Life. During this time John Wycliffe and John Huss had challenged the papal authority because of the pa pal's abuse of power, doctrinal abuse, and poor spiritual living. Both of these men were burned, Huss at the stake, and after Wycliffe death his body was burned. But reform was coming. The Brethren centered on a pure and moral life. The "Imitation of Christ" is a collection of spiritual writings on a varied collection of themes, they are meant for self examination. In the 2ND chapter a'Kempis writes that, "Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge with out fear of God?" In the 5Th chapter, " We must not rely too much upon ourselves, for grace and understanding are often lacking in us." In the 6Th chapter, "The joy of a good man is the testimony of a good conscience." The book "Imitation of Christ" is considered a classic in Christian writing, not only by protestant but by Catholic as well.