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No Man Is an Island

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Charity; Hope; Vocation; Sincerity; Conscience, Freedom, and Prayer . . .

Merton's observations on the spiritual life of a Christian, No Man Is an Island explores hard-core issues of faith, love, and trust in God. This is by no means a cozy book; it demands much of the reader's conscience, forcing him to realize his own shortcomings. On the o...
Merton's observations on the spiritual life of a Christian, No Man Is an Island explores hard-core issues of faith, love, and trust in God. This is by no means a cozy book; it demands much of the reader's conscience, forcing him to realize his own shortcomings. On the other hand, Merton reinforces the value of each individual as a unique creation of God.
Treating such weighty topics, Merton writes directly and clearly. His advocation of zeal for a living God is tempered by his advising peace, calm, and a "life of the Spirit." It will thus appeal both to those who seek guidance and those who seek reassurance.
In my own reading of this book, I discovered how to better put in action my love for others. I felt a greater need to rely on God. Merton directed me away from certain fallacies which were hindering my spiritual growth. I certainly recommend it for anyone who seeks to know more about these basic Christian issues and for anyone who is willing to undergo a potentially major change in perspective.

posted by 1012221 on February 23, 2009

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No Man Is an Island by Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton chose the title, "No Man Is an Island" to demonstrate that we, humans, rely on one another for our better understanding of God in relation to our spiritual life. Although I found the book to be a "slow read," there were aspects of it that were both engagi...
Thomas Merton chose the title, "No Man Is an Island" to demonstrate that we, humans, rely on one another for our better understanding of God in relation to our spiritual life. Although I found the book to be a "slow read," there were aspects of it that were both engaging and thought-provoking. Merton takes simple concepts like love and sincerity and thoroughly examines these subjects and how they apply to God's plan for men.

This book may discourage the novice who has recently embarked on his or her spiritual journey, but for those seeking a deeper understanding of spirituality this book could be very inspiring.

posted by 1044649 on February 27, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2009

    No Man Is An Island- Senior Book Project Jake K.

    Thomas Merton's "No Man Is An Island" is an epic book filled with poetic prayer that speaks of mans trials and tribulations and man's relationship with God. One quote that stands out above the rest is, "But when we have a simple intention, we are less occupied with the thing to be done.We do all that we do not only for God but so to speak in him." In this passage, Merton is speaking about when people do an act solely out of the good of their hearts, then they are doing God's work.
    "No man Is An Island" speaks to the reader about trust and loving God. It speaks about how if God is not accepted and understood, then the reader will be lost and confused. However, the book also teaches that no one is ever alone, because God is always there to help and understand. Hence the title, "No Man Is An Island," which goes to say that no man is alone.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2015

    Recommended

    Just wanted the source of the famous quote. Now I have it.

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