The Following of Jesus
By: Leonardo Boff
“The Jesus presented in The Following of Jesus is the one who speaks to crowds, to the poor, to sinners; he offers a project of total inner and outer transformation of all reality to make way for the Reign of God, starting with the poor.”—Leonardo Boff
The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis’s devotional classic of the 15th century, is one of the most popular spiritual manuals of all time, second only to the Bible. While removing Christ entirely from his historical context, it defined the path of Christian discipleship in terms of “imitating” the spiritual attitudes of Christ.
Without rejecting Thomas’s spiritual insights, Leonardo Boff sets out to complement The Imitation of Christ with a message that speaks to our own time. While situating the way of Jesus in the wider story of the cosmos, he connects Jesus’s radical response to the structures of his day with the contemporary challenges of discipleship. In The Following of Jesus, Boff in effect summarizes his own lifetime of reflection on the Christian message.
Leonardo Boff, a Brazilian theologian, is the author of over sixty books, including Francis of Rome & Francis of Assisi; Christianity in a Nutshell; Jesus Christ Liberator; Come, Holy Spirit; and Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor (all Orbis). In 2001 he received the prestigious Right Livelihood Award.