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  • Posted December 4, 2008

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    Use As Intended

    This book is a series of poems/meditations by a now deceased monk who gained prominence in the 1960s as a peace advocate. The writings have been collected, edited, formatted, and organized into a book of hours of the type used by persons living a institutional cloistered lifestyle (i.e. monks/nuns) for prayer at various times of the day. The book is thus divided into days of the week (Sunday through Saturday) and "hours" (Dawn, Day, Dusk, Night), then divided again into various subcategories (i.e. hymns, canticles, psalms, readings, etc.)<BR/><BR/>I picked up this book after skimming with the intention to use it as a prayer book of hours, citing my own trouble engaging in regular prayer (time constraints). This has worked for me wonderfully! I read it as a book of hours, skipping at times when I am unable to read. It is with me at all times so that I may read, re-read, contemplate, meditate and pray with assistance from Thomas Merton's wonderful words.<BR/><BR/>I recommend this book for anyone who seeks to pray/meditate/contemplate with regularity. This is not a book to read just once, put down, and maybe pick up again years from now. Know the words, feel them in your heart and soul, contemplate their meaning, and it will help you find peace and keep you centered through a hectic day!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Merton's Book of Hours moves as great poetry does

    Merton's Book of Hours suggests that the monastic tradition of prayer and meditation at several times each day is beneficial to the not too ordinary lay person. If the reader is attuned to poetry and appreciates the particular beauties of nature, the short readings in both prose and his free verse will enrich from ten to thirty minutes of the literate reader's time, up to four times a day. The God Merton shares with us is not garbed in Biblical might and splendor but the immanent artist who makes nature and humanity good and beautiful, who feels for us and guides us to better life. The editor of this posthumous collection helpfully introduces Merton to all readers and provides full source references at the end of the book. It is a compact sized, finely illustrated and beautifully composed book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    A contemplative book of prayer

    A beautiful and inspiring book that beckons one to explore the power of prayer by focusing on the ancient teachings of contemplation that were lost for centuries. It is a different form of prayer...a set of teachings and a guide for the formation of conscience. Each reading brings new insight.

    A different way of praying, but I would have welcomed a scripture reading with each day or hour.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

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    I received this through a book club and have highlighted my copy and written in the margins throughout. Now I am giving it to friends. It will be a book I will pray with over and over. Laramie, Wyoming

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Beautifully written!

    Loved this book! It is based on the liturgy of the hours and is so well written. Each word is poetic and thoughtful. Every morsel of thought is something to be savored. It is true spiritual beauty.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2013

    At first I read this book straight through and was entranced by

    At first I read this book straight through and was entranced by it. Great spiritual depth, some of it beyond my humble understanding of the spirtual life, giving me something to reach for. Now I use it as a substitute for the traditional Liturgy of the Hours perhaps once a day. A pastor once told me &quot;Thomas Merton is best in small doses.&quot; These excerpts are the perfect amount--part poetry and part prose but always meaningful.

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