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Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer (The Journals of Thomas Merton) Paperback – January 10, 1997
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During his arduous days and nights in the silence of the monastery, the young Thomas Merton simultaneously advanced to priesthood and emerged as a surprising bestselling author when his spiritual autobiography, The Seven Story Mountain, was published in 1948. Spanning the journal entries in an eleven-year period from December 12, 1941 to July 5, 1952, Entering the Silence unfolds Merton's budding literary career and the development of his spiritual ideas in a uniquely personal literary style that would propel his writings into the mainstream. As the demands of his literary success rose, so did the tensions between remaining an observant monk and a talented, prolific writer. Faithful to both of these passions, Merton struggled with the requirements of daily monastic life while he continued to grace the world with his fresh observations and profound insights.
This second volume in the Merton journals includes passionate descriptions of monastic life -- silence, chanting, farm work, the community of monks -- and touchingly exhibits the young priest's dedication to writing. "At work -- writing -- I am doing a little better. I mean, I am less tied up in it, more peaceful and detached. Taking one thing at a time and going over it slowly and patiently and forgetting the other jobs that have to take their turn."
As Merton's talent as a writer blossomed, he eloquently reconciled his spiritual life with his writing life, drawing deep connection between the two. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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brings out the struggle that Thomas Merton, already a noted writer and critic,
endured during his earliest monastic days (1940-early 1950s). Merton
tackles a sort-of internal battle between the man who writes in the wee hours,
and communicates with his New York society friends (among them was poet Mark van Doren!),
and the monk who seeks to live out the Rule of St. Benedict to its fullest extent.
First time Merton readers might be lost, but Montaldo skillfully fills in the details
so that all readers will be able to focus on the struggle between man and Creator.
Seasoned Merton fans will be given a deeper appreciation for the writer and devout
monastic that emerged as a result of that internal confrontation.
Not something to pass over!
wanting to quote from its pages in my facebook posts. When I found it in this format I knew I had to have it. I can copy and paste at will to quote Thomas Merton without having to type it out from the book. This is a wonderful book in any format.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Journal Two, Entering the Silence captures those earliest years in Gethsemani. There is a gap in journal activity for Merton in the early part of the years 41-52. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Steve DeGangi
A must read for anyone who wishes to be uplifted and get an insight into the deeply spiritual life of a monk such as he was. Very inspiring. Read morePublished 21 months ago by chameli
This is journal offers the reader an opportunity to share in Merton's spiritual journey. It shows a man dealing with the second thoughts, and frustrations of life as a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Brian Walsh
Inspiring! An intimate look into the heart and soul of a holy man trying to grow in faith and love for God.Published on August 6, 2014 by Donna C. Leininger
When a book is the journal of someone it is anticipated that is what it will be . I felt that it was written by a reviewer who had a perspective that they wanted to get across ,... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This second volume of Merton's journals reads easily - almost as though the new monk is practicing simplicity in his writing as part of his spiritual discipline. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This man was so brilliant that it is difficult for the average person to understand much of what he says. His overriding devotion to the religious life is impressive. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Richard O. Hahn