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Merton's Palace of Nowhere Kindle Edition
|Length: 157 pages|
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Sometimes people's gift is in creative, original thought (Merton in this case). And sometimes people's gift is to be able to understand another's thoughts/teaching and to synthesize them into a coherent whole. This is Finley's gift. I don't know that I've ever read such a well laid out book that took me bit by bit in a logical order through a complex subject allowing me to safely arrive at the end (where if you'd tried to start me there I might have misunderstood it).
I can't highly recommend this book enough if you are interested in spirituality.
One can feel and sense the care that went into every word. There is so much here for the serious Christian or anyone for that matter who desires a more intimate connection with themselves and thus the divine. One of my double underlined, favorite sections from page 91:
The spiritual life must be approached with our right hand not knowing what our left hand is doing...Only with this detachment from our own progress, and only in freedom from all techniques that feed the birds of appetite, can we hope to find our true self in God. Merton writes:
"The inner self is precisely that self which cannot be tricked or manipulated by anyone, even the devil. He (the true self) is like a very shy wild animal that never appears at all whenever an alien presence is at hand, and comes out only when all is peaceful, in silence, when he is untroubled and alone. He cannot be lured by anyone or anything, because he responds to no lure except that of divine freedom."
Highly recommended and worthy of the high praise!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jim Finley is like a glacier, with only a little bit protruding above, but untold depths beneath the surface. I loved how succinct Finley is in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amos Smith
I am a long time reader of Merton. I am also a Protestant United Church of Christ minister for 40 + year. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Beynon
Clearly, concisely and profoundly written. This book speaks deeply and needs to be read slowly, many times.
Deeply held understandings that have come through years of life and practice. The benefit is to listen and take away what opens to you. Read morePublished 5 months ago by R. C. Cushnie
Much of the book was very good and I learned many things that will help me improve my contemplative life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alleycat
While reading I would have windows that allowed a glimpse of Merton. I had to pause and soak in the light. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Darlene