To those who shrink from the usual sort of 'spiritual reading,' Thomas Merton's book may be recommended. They will be confronted by a vigorous, questioning mind that again and again anticipates an objection, a doubt, even a disgust. (The Times Literary Supplement)
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is one of the foremost spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century. Though he lived a mostly solitary existence as a Trappist monk, he had a dynamic impact on world affairs through his writing. An outspoken proponent of the antiwar and civil rights movements, he was both hailed as a prophet and castigated for his social criticism. He was also unique among religious leaders in his embrace of Eastern mysticism, positing it as complementary to the Western sacred tradition. Merton is the author of over forty books of poetry, essays, and religious writing, including Mystics and Zen Masters, and The Seven Story Mountain, for which he is best known. His work continues to be widely read to this day.
best spiritual book I have seen.Editorial writer for Toledo Ohio Blade said in an editorial if he was on a desert island and could have one book this would be the one.Published 6 months ago by John C.Wasserman
I have a wonderful collection of Thomas Merton's writing but did not know that this book existed until I saw it on Amazon. So glad to add it to my almost complete collection. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Beth L.
I have had the chance to read about twenty of Merton's books, and this is among the top two or three that I have enjoyed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by David A. Benedetto
Needful and mindful reading,enjoyed and learned and hope to apply.
Very helpful on my new spiritual path,this is sort of a guide for me.
A foundational must read for any serious Merton lover. I bought this book on a whim and I have loved it ever since!Published on December 20, 2012 by Matt
Once again Thomas Merton understanding of Christianity and the human condition is amazing. this deal with the existential issues. Read morePublished on December 10, 2011 by jmartez
Apart from other theological musings, Merton develops rather profound thought, namely that "Christianity is not the religion of a law but the religion of a person. Read morePublished on April 5, 2004