Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton

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"The best introduction I can think of to Merton, his life, and work." ?Robert Lax

"A superb introduction to the life of one of the most extraordinary monks of our time." ?Brother Patrick Hart

"If you have to read one book about Thomas Merton, this is the one to read. It is concise, insightful, complete." ?Paul Wilkes

This absorbing pictorial biography of Thomas Merton?revised now for the fortieth anniversary of his death?tells the story of the extraordinary Trappist monk whose writings, including his classic ...

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Overview

"The best introduction I can think of to Merton, his life, and work." —Robert Lax

"A superb introduction to the life of one of the most extraordinary monks of our time." —Brother Patrick Hart

"If you have to read one book about Thomas Merton, this is the one to read. It is concise, insightful, complete." —Paul Wilkes

This absorbing pictorial biography of Thomas Merton—revised now for the fortieth anniversary of his death—tells the story of the extraordinary Trappist monk whose writings, including his classic autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, have exerted a profound influence on millions. Beginning with Merton's early life and conversion, his entry into the Abbey Gethsemani, and his fame as an author, Forest explores his increasing search for solitude, his emergence as a prophetic voice of peace and social justice, and the fascinating dialogue with other religions that continued until his sudden death in 1968.

Enhanced by the most extensive collection of Merton photographs ever published, Living with Wisdom captures the life, writings, and vision of one of the great spiritual figures of our time.

Here is a lavish pictorial biography of Thomas Merton, the extraordinary Trappist monk whose writings--including his classic autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain--exerted a profound influence on millions. An extensive collection of photographs captures the life and vision of one of the greatest spiritual figures of the century.

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Numerous readers discovered Merton through his hefty autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (HBJ, 1948). Forest is one of them. In this considerably shorter volume, Forest introduces the many facets of the 20th-century Trappist monk whose life included not only the physical work, worship, and contemplation of a monastic community, but prolific writing as well (a partial list of Merton's works is two pages long). Forest lucidly chronicles Merton's life, illuminating it with the events that shaped it and the insights that emanated from it. Although his esteem for Merton and his contributions to the peace movement are apparent, he treats Merton's weaknesses frankly. As a result of Forest's clarity and conciseness, his work is an excellent choice for general religion collections.-- Cynthia Widmer, Downingtown, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570757549
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 1,050,704
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Meeting Merton

A Few Words of Thanks

A Chronology of the Life of Thornas Merton

Pax Intrantibus 1

Childhood 5

England 17

The Christ of the Icons 25

Cambridge 32

New York City 38

Gilson, Huxley, Blake, and Maritain 49

Conversion 56

Brother John 61

Saint Bonaventure's 72

The Court of the Queen or Heaven 78

Brother Louis 85

Thomas Merton versus Brother Louis 92

Father Louis 100

Abbey Forester 111

Containing the Divided Worlds 120

Waking from a Dream 131

A Hermitage on Mount Olivet 140

Hagia Sophia 144

Silencing 155

Pastor to Peacemakers 167

Monk in the Rain 176

Father Louis, Hermit 184

A Proverb Named Margie 193

A Member of the Family 204

Asia on My Mind 213

Everything Is Compassion 222

Jonas Overshadowed 234

List of web links 246

Notes 247

Index 255

Permissions 262

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