The Seven Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 429
ISBN: 028106170X
Release: 2009
Editor: SPCK Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The complete and unedited edition of Thomas Merton's famous autobiography, one of the greatest works of spiritual pilgrimage ever written.

The Seven Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 467
ISBN: OCLC:994015919
Release: 1998
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This unique spiritual autobiography is the account of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith eventually leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding religious orders - the Trappists. At the monastery, and within the "four walls of my new freedom," Merton wrote this extraordinary testament - a document of a man who withdrew from the world only after he had fully immersed himself in it. For this Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, Robert Giroux has written a memoir of how he came to publish The Seven Storey Mountain, and Merton's distinguished biographer, William H. Shannon, has supplied a note for the reader.

The Seven Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 770
ISBN: 0802724973
Release: 1985
Editor: Christian Large Print

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

One man's search to find his role in the world is revealed in the writer's portrait of his youthful political activism and entry into a Trappist monastery

The Seven Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 467
ISBN: 0156010860
Release: 1999
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A celebration of Merton's spiritual autobiography is accompanied by an introduction from the editor and a note from Merton's biographer

The Sign of Jonas

The Sign of Jonas
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 384
ISBN: 0547544960
Release: 2002-11-18
Editor: HMH

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This diary of a monastic life is “a continuation of The Seven Storey Mountain . . . Astonishing” (Commonweal). Chronicling six years of Thomas Merton’s life in a Trappist monastery, The Sign of Jonas takes us through his day-to-day experiences at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, where he lived in silence and prayer for much of his life. Concluding with the account of Merton’s ordination as a priest, this diary documents his growing acceptance of his vocation—and the greater meaning he found within his private world of contemplation. “This book is made unmistakably real and almost, at times, unbearably poignant by the fact that the exuberance of youth so often wells up through it with rapture, impatience, and even bluster.” —TheNew York Times “A stirring book—the most readable and on the whole, most illuminating of the author’s writings.” —Catholic World

Thoughts In Solitude

Thoughts In Solitude
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1429944072
Release: 2011-04-01
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Thoughtful and eloquent, as timely (or timeless) now as when it was originally published in 1956, Thoughts in Solitude addresses the pleasure of a solitary life, as well as the necessity for quiet reflection in an age when so little is private. Thomas Merton writes: "When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. But when men are violently deprived of the solitude and freedom which are their due, the society in which they live becomes putrid, it festers with servility, resentment and hate." 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.

A Year with Thomas Merton

A Year with Thomas Merton
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780061757679
Release: 2009-10-13
Editor: Harper Collins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A 365 daily with inspirational and provocative selections from the journals of Thomas Merton combined with drawings and photographs by Merton. This volume of daily inspiration from Thomas Merton draws from Merton's journals and papers to present, each day, a seasonally appropriate and thought-provoking insight or observation. Each month will begin with one of Merton's delightful pen-and-ink drawings or one of his elegant black-and-white photographs.

Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9780307589538
Release: 2009-11-17
Editor: Image

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this classic text, Thomas Merton offers valuable guidance for prayer. He brings together a wealth of meditative and mystical influences–from John of the Cross to Eastern desert monasticism–to create a spiritual path for today. Most important, he shows how the peace contacted through meditation should not be sought in order to evade the problems of contemporary life, but can instead be directed back out into the world to affect positive change. Contemplative Prayer is one of the most well-known works of spirituality of the last one hundred years, and it is a must-read for all seeking to live a life of purpose in today’s world. In a moving and profound introduction, Thich Nhat Hanh offers his personal recollections of Merton and compares the contemplative traditions of East and West.

No Man is an Island

No Man is an Island
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781590302538
Release: 2005-04
Editor: Shambhala Publications

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This volume is a stimulating series of spiritual reflections which will prove helpful for all struggling to find the meaning of human existence and to live the richest, fullest and noblest life. --Chicago Tribune

Mystics and Zen Masters

Mystics and Zen Masters
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 384
ISBN: 1429944005
Release: 1999-11-29
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Thomas Merton was recognized as one of those rare Western minds that are entirely at home with the Zen experience. In this collection, he discusses diverse religious concepts-early monasticism, Russian Orthodox spirituality, the Shakers, and Zen Buddhism-with characteristic Western directness. Merton not only studied these religions from the outside but grasped them by empathy and living participation from within. "All these studies," wrote Merton, "are united by one central concern: to understand various ways in which men of different traditions have conceived the meaning and method of the 'way' which leads to the highest levels of religious or of metaphysical awareness."

Merton Waugh

Merton   Waugh
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Author: Mary Frances Coady
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781612617114
Release: 2014-03-01
Editor: Paraclete Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From 1948 to 1952 the lives of Trappist monk Thomas Merton and British novelist Evelyn Waugh were closely intertwined. During these years, Waugh became enthusiastic about American Catholicism, and in particular, monasticism as seen through the eyes of the author of The Seven Storey Mountain. He agreed to edit Merton’s autobiography and the subsequent Waters of Siloe for publication in Britain. In this close examination of their friendship, through their correspondence, we see Waugh’s coaching of a younger writer and Waugh’s brief infatuation with America. Most of all, we witness Merton the writing student and spiritual master and Waugh the master of prose and conflicted penitent. And we see how the two men diverge as the Second Vatican Council takes hold in Catholicism and the church experiences profound change. "This careful study sheds light on Merton the writer with Evelyn Waugh as his tutor. It is also an interesting snapshot of the culture of midtwentieth century Catholic renewal." —Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology (Emeritus), The University of Notre Dame “An absorbing exchange of letters between Thomas Merton and Evelyn Waugh, focusing principally on Waugh’s editing of the British publication of The Seven Storey Mountain and The Waters of Siloe. Waugh’s sometimes barbed comments caused Merton to reflect deeper on what he was writing and how he should respond, as positively as he could, to this influential Catholic novelist. A wonderful, brief study of both men.” —Patrick Samway, S.J., editor of The Letters of Robert Giroux and Thomas Merton (forthcoming, University of Notre Dame Press, 2015) “Dedicated readers of Evelyn Waugh and Thomas Merton know of the connections between two major Catholic writers, especially of Waugh as editor and writing coach for Merton's work. But in this brief but thoroughly researched book, Coady provides important new details about Merton's role not just as willing student but as spiritual advisor to Waugh and puts those details into the cultural and religious context of the years after World War II in clear and sometimes eloquent fashion.” —Robert Murray Davis, author of Brideshead Revisited: The Past Redeemed

The Intimate Merton

The Intimate Merton
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780061983573
Release: 2009-10-06
Editor: Harper Collins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this diary-like memoir, composed of his most poignant and insightful journal entries, The Intimate Merton lays bare the steep ways of Thomas Merton's spiritual path. Culled from the seven volumes of his personal journals, this twenty nine year chronicle deepens and extends the story Thomas Merton recounted and made famous in The Seven Storey Mountain. This book is the spiritual autobiography of our century's most celebrated monk -- the wisdom gained from the personal experience of an enduring spiritual teacher. Here is Merton's account of his life's major challenges, his confrontations with monastic and church hierarchies, his interaction with religious traditions east and west, and his antiwar and civil-rights activities. In The Intimate Merton we engage a writer's art of "confession and witness" as he searches for a contemporary, authentic, and global spirituality. Recounting Merton's earliest days in the monastery to his journey east to meet the Dalai Lama, The Intimate Merton captures the essence of what makes Thomas Merton's life journey so perennially relevant.

New Seeds of Contemplation

New Seeds of Contemplation
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 303
ISBN: 9781590300497
Release: 2003
Editor: Shambhala Publications

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In print for more than forty years, New Seeds of Contemplation has served as a guide to the contemplative life for several generations of spiritual seekers. The word contemplation is itself somewhat problematical, according to Thomas Merton: "It can become almost a magic word, or if not magic, then 'inspirational,' which is almost as bad." In this modern Christian classic, Merton reveals contemplation to be nothing other than "life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive." The thirty-nine short "seeds" that make up this book are intended to awaken and cultivate the contemplative, mystical dimension of the spiritual path for everyone. New Seeds of Contemplation is a revised and expanded version of Merton's earlier book Seeds of Contemplation.

Entering the Silence

Entering the Silence
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 526
ISBN: 0061741728
Release: 2009-03-17
Editor: Harper Collins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The second volume of Thomas Merton's "gusty, passionate journals" (Thomas Moore) chronicles Merton's advancements to priesthood and emergence as a bestselling author with the surprise success of his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain. Spanning an eleven-year period, Entering the Silence reflects Merton's struggle to balance his vocation to solitude with the budding literary career that would soon established him as one of the most important spiritual writers of our century.

The Life You Save May Be Your Own

The Life You Save May Be Your Own
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Author: Paul Elie
Pages: 576
ISBN: 9781429923958
Release: 2004-03-10
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The story of four modern American Catholics who made literature out of their search for God In the mid-twentieth century four American Catholics came to believe that the best way to explore the questions of religious faith was to write about them-in works that readers of all kinds could admire. The Life You Save May Be Your Own is their story-a vivid and enthralling account of great writers and their power over us. Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk in Kentucky; Dorothy Day the founder of the Catholic Worker in New York; Flannery O'Connor a "Christ-haunted" literary prodigy in Georgia; Walker Percy a doctor in New Orleans who quit medicine to write fiction and philosophy. A friend came up with a name for them-the School of the Holy Ghost-and for three decades they exchanged letters, ardently read one another's books, and grappled with what one of them called a "predicament shared in common." A pilgrimage is a journey taken in light of a story; and in The Life You Save May Be Your Own Paul Elie tells these writers' story as a pilgrimage from the God-obsessed literary past of Dante and Dostoevsky out into the thrilling chaos of postwar American life. It is a story of how the Catholic faith, in their vision of things, took on forms the faithful could not have anticipated. And it is a story about the ways we look to great books and writers to help us make sense of our experience, about the power of literature to change-to save-our lives.

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780307589521
Release: 2009-11-17
Editor: Image

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this series of notes, opinions, experiences, and reflections, Thomas Merton examines some of the most urgent questions of our age. With his characteristic forcefulness and candor, he brings the reader face-to-face with such provocative and controversial issues as the “death of God,” politics, modern life and values, and racial strife–issues that are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago. Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander is Merton at his best–detached but not unpassionate, humorous yet sensitive, at all times alive and searching, with a gift for language which has made him one of the most widely read and influential spiritual writers of our time.

The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton

The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton
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Author: Michael Mott
Pages: 696
ISBN: UCSD:31822016819567
Release: 1993
Editor: Harvest Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Derived from Merton's personal journals and letters, and from the recollections of intimate friends, this authorized narrative catches the character of the man, the artist, and the Catholic priest

The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton

The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 445
ISBN: 0811205703
Release: 1975
Editor: New Directions Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"This is quintessential Merton." The Catholic Review."

A Book of Hours

A Book of Hours
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781933495330
Release: 2007-03-01
Editor: Ave Maria Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Thomas Merton was the most popular proponent of the Christian contemplative tradition in the twentieth century. Now, for the first time, some of his most lyrical and prayerful writings have been arranged into A Book of Hours, a rich resource for daily prayer and contemplation that imitates the increasingly popular ancient monastic practice of "praying the hours." Editor Kathleen Deignan mined Merton's voluminous writings, arranging prayers for Dawn, Day, Dusk, and Dark for each of the days of the week. A Book of Hours allows for a slice of monastic contemplation in the midst of hectic modern life, with psalms, prayers, readings, and reflections.

The Other Side of the Mountain

The Other Side of the Mountain
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Author: Thomas Merton
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780062016782
Release: 2010-09-14
Editor: Harper Collins

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

With the election of a new Abbot at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton enters a period of unprecedented freedom, culminating in the opportunity to travel to California, Alaska, and finally the Far East – journeys that offer him new possibilities and causes for contemplation. In his last days at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton continues to follow the tumultuous events of the sixties, including the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy. In Southeast Asia, he meets the Dalai Lama and other Buddhist and Catholic monks and discovers a rare and rewarding kinship with each. The final year is full of excitement and great potential for Merton, making his accidental death in Bangkok, at the age of fifth-three, all the more tragic.