[Y]oung and old, who are looking for a spiritual guide [are encouraged] to read this book.
Soul Searching is an excellent introduction to Merton’s life and thinking. Its generous use of well-reproduced photographs, and chatty style, make it very accessible.
The Merton Journal
Merton speaks to each generation about prayer, social concern, interreligious dialogue, and the search for the true self. Soul Searching helps us meditate on this legacy, and may send many more people back to the books that Merton himself wrote.
Atkinson and Montaldo draw from Trappist Monk Merton’s journals, books, letters, poetry, and photos, offering readers fascinating glimpses into the man beneath his public image.
While the book would not fit into your back pocket it would grace any prayer stool, bedside locker, glove compartment, or student desk. It is a good introduction to Merton and whets the appetite for further reading.
Thomas Merton was a highly spiritual man who gave much comfort to many people, and Soul Searching is a read for those to who want to be inspired further.
Midwest Book Review
The book of reminiscences, like the documentary, will surely awaken interest in Merton as an outstanding cultural figure and spiritual pilgrim.
Midwest Book Review
Morgan Atkinson’s DVD Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton is just a preview of the more extensive interviews found in the book by the same title. As a companion to the DVD, this book engages us in perceptive and sometimes humorous insights into Merton’s life and the prophetic importance of his works for the world today. Selections from Atkinson’s interviews with twenty-four notable Merton scholars and friends are organized according to four phases of Merton’s life and spiritual journey in a way that augments all the Merton biographies and articulates his message in the context of his, and our, everyday lives.
Robert Toth, Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, Louisville, Kentucky
"What an inspiration you were to the attendees at the joint monthly luncheon series of two Presbyterian churches! We were moved not only by the story of Thomas Merton, which you have so artfully assembled, but also by your devotion to assure that his transcendent spirit and beliefs live today. Through you, Merton has much to say to searching people of all faith traditions."
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