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A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True LifeThe Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3: 1952-1960 Paperback – February 27, 1997

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A Cistercian monk and author of the bestselling The Seven Storey Mountain, Merton records in his plain journal voice the struggles of a soul wrestling with both his vocation and his location, the Abbey of Our Lady of Gesthsemani near Bardstown,Ky. The journal pages are filled with spiritual ruminations, catalogues of Merton's correspondences and his reaction to them, lists of encounters with his fellows constrained by the discipline of the Abbey, his hopes for relocation to a mountaintop hermitage and all the day-to-day froth thst sits atop the deep currents of Merton's spiritual life. Part commonplace book, part spiritual journal, part diarist's discipline, the journal is both the sediment of his spiritual development and the tool he used to watch himself watching himself. Few readers who encounter this remarkable book will come away unchanged.
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The third in this publisher's projected seven-volume publication of Merton's journals contains the monk's reflections on the conflicts between his contemplative life and his worldly life as an activist writer. In these entries, Merton struggles with the ways that his monastic orders restrict his engagement with the public sphere. Here also is a Merton who is increasingly drawn to Zen Buddhism, Russian spirituality, and Latin American writers like Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal. In addition, these entries reveal the embryonic form of Merton's classic Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (1966). Merton's lucid prose sparkles with a wealth of great social and contemplative vision. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Journals of Thomas Merton (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Revised ed. edition (February 27, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060654791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060654795
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Volume three of the complete journals of Thomas Merton - A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life, edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham - follows on from where volume two ended with an entry dated July 25, 1952 and concludes in May 1960.
The title given to this volume does not reflect the turbulence Merton was experiencing in the years covered by this journal. "Searching for Solitude" and "Pursuing the Monk's True Life" were not easy tasks for Thomas Merton. In The Sign of Jonas Merton battles with his dual vocations of being a solitary and a writer and, by the end of the journal, having discovered solitude both through writing and through his work as Master of Scholastics, the impression Merton gives in his masterful epilogue to Jonas, "Fire Watch, July 4, 1952", is that his problems over his vocation have been resolved. As Michael Mott and William Shannon have made clear in their biographies of Merton this was certainly not true. As Shannon notes, "The Sign of Jonas ends when the struggle is just beginning to warm up" for Merton's "most serious crisis of stability yet" and this is where the third volume of journals begins.
Beginning with July 1952 this volume goes up to March 1953 where there is a break up until July 17, 1956 when the journal begins again. Cunningham provides no explanation for the missing years simply stating Merton "kept rather brief journal entries in the last months of 1952 and in 1953, with a hiatus in 1954-1955." (xiii) My major criticism of this volume is that no attempt at an explanation is provided for this hiatus.
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A clear unedited view into Merton's contemplative life, as silence and solitude envelope him. I found "A Search" a invitation to journey with Fr. Lewis into his day to day, and even hour by hour inner dialogue with God. At times, I could not put the text aside; other times I had to enter into my own search. Far less polished in tone and writing style than Seven Story Mountain. Equally engaging as are all of Merton's texts.
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Excllent insight in the mind and heart of one of the greatest mystic prophets of our century
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Wonderful for my Merton collection. Good condition. Thanks
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Wonderful
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