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Thoughts In Solitude Paperback – November 29, 1999
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Thoughts in Solitude stands alongside The Seven Storey Mountain as one of Merton's most uring and popular works. Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, is perhaps the foremost spiritual thinker of the twentiethcentury. His diaries, social commentary, and spiritual writings continue to be widely read after his untimely death in 1968.
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It is a beautiful work on prayer and meditation though not obviously and there are not step-by-step lessons on how to pray and meditate. With a little thought and soul-searching, however, I think most readers would understand that point.
As an example, this book is the source of Merton's famous prayer: "O God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will always lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore, I will trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."
His relationship with heavenly father, his humility, the love his words convey, are all reasons to return to all!
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I couldn’t relate much to the content as I don’t follow the same belief as the author’s
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.Read more