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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was born in France and came to live in the United States at the age of 24. He received several awards recognizing his contribution to religious study and contemplation, including the Pax Medal in 1963, and remained a devoted spiritualist and a tireless advocate for social justice until his death in 1968. The Sign of Jonas was originally published in 1953.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1st Harvest/HBJ ed edition (April 26, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156538954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156538954
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,020,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This collection of some of Mertons mature work from the 1960's covers, in essay form, meditations on love, life, death, Christian Humanism and more (you want more! ), always given the penetrating and broad social perspective of one very spiritual master, who chose to share with us. Still relevant.
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Thomas Merton is simply incredible and in my opinion the most significant religious for half a century. This book is a fine treatment about the realities of love in ouir lives. He has a way of making the deepest and even mystical matters understandable and he more than any author has been the most influential for me 1972. That's a long time. He is a gifted, humorous, lucid and superb author. You cannot get much better than him if you are interested in a real "spiritual life".
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This collection of essays by the late Thomas Merton is decades old, yet it remains as relevant as ever -- perhaps even more so, as it delves into the difficulties of living an authentic life in an increasingly superficial, materialistic world swamped by technology but lacking in basic humanity. And I write this as a lapsed Catholic, long an agnostic. Merton is a reminder of what genuine spiritual writing should be like: intelligent, compassionate, refusing to settle for dogma or simplistic cliches. All that he wrote about in the 1950s/1960s is even more true today, as individuals struggle to negotiate world that's dazzling on the surface but all too often empty beneath. His essay on Symbolism alone will resonate for anyone seeking more than the shallow pseudo-philosophies offered by the mass market; and his writing on Christian humanism shows what's missing in so much of today's politicized public religion, which is used more as a bludgeon than anything else in order to gain & maintain control over others. His is a call to inward contemplation, in-depth reading & thought, and an awareness of our own flaws & illusions, rather than looking for scapegoats in order to avoid the hard work of facing ourselves as we are, and striving to become what we could be. For anyone who despairs of surviving as a reasonably whole person, this book is urgently recommended!
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I read this book about 5 times before I became Christian. His essay "Cargo Cults of the South Pacific" is one of the best pieces I have read by anyone on any subject. It clearly explains the psychology of idolatry and compares the primitive attempts at association with modern man's response to TV commercials.
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Eloquent, literate and subtly thought. Fruits of a life well and broadly lived, and deeply examined.
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