The Imitation of Christ is the title of a devotional book of personal directions for the practice of the virtues found in the life of Christ; it is a collection of maxims and prayers urging one to pattern his or her life after that of Christ.
It was first published early in the fourteen century and has been attributed to Thomas à Kempis. This book is also titled The Following of Christ.
Its directives are arranged in such a manner that they seem to be communicated by Christ Himself as teacher and guide.
With the exception of the Bible, it is perhaps the most widely read spiritual book in the world. (9:25)