This book is riveting for anyone who desires a deeper relationship with God. Merton is very clear in how to best create a space for God in our daily living and experiences, ridding ourselves of greed, selfishness, hate, revenge, judgements, egotism, etc. At the same time, he is very frank in informing us that God alone makes His presence known, that it is all around us, already present. We have closed ourselves off from it and continue to turn away. This is not a book the reader can or should skim over; it calls readers to think, meditate and enter into contemplation. A marvelous book for those who are serious about their spirituality.