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New Seeds of Contemplation
     

New Seeds of Contemplation

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by Thomas Merton
 

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One of the best-loved books by one of the great spiritual authors of our time, with a new introduction by best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd.

New Seeds of Contemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. Christians and non-Christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St.

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One of the best-loved books by one of the great spiritual authors of our time, with a new introduction by best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd.

New Seeds of Contemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best-loved books. Christians and non-Christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, The Cloud of Unknowing, and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections with those of Thoreau. New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. For Merton, "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811219655
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
10/18/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
121,141
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) entered the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, following his conversion to Catholicism and was ordained Father M. Louis in 1949. During the 1960s, he was increasingly drawn into a dialogue between Eastern and Western religions and domestic issues of war and racism. In 1968, the Dalai Lama praised Merton for having a more profound knowledge of Buddhism than any other Christian he had known. Thomas Merton is the author of the beloved classic The Seven Storey Mountain.
Sue Monk Kidd was born in Sylvester, Georgia. During her thirties, she became deeply influenced by the work of Thomas Merton and C. G. Jung, which would impact her writing in the years ahead. She is the author of When the Heart Waits (1990), The Dance of the Dissident Daughter (1996), The Secret Life of Bees (2002), which sold 4.5 million copies worldwide, The Mermaid Chair (2005), and Firstlight (2006).

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New Seeds of Contemplation 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thomas Merton's passion for connecting with God is something I had never heard or read from anyone else. In New Seeds, his non-churchy writings pulled me to the depths of my own wonderings but had yet to put words to them. He gave me back a relationship with God in a meaningful presentation of what the contemplative life is. He connected with the black of despair and pulls you limp and feeble back into the light. For anyone who is really stuck in spiritual angst this may be just the ticket. Previously I had read Seven Storey Mountain and became so excited at the prospect of monastic life, I was literally applying to convents. I identified so much the the exigency for the ineffable as Merton puts it. That drive to know God. I wished I could chuck it all and head for Gethsemani. Merton also connected with Buddhism and his Western perspective is so helpful in taking a deeper more confident stride onto the spiritual path. For anyone feeling that there has to be more... Chogyam Trungpa will be a good way to unravel your spiritual materialism. And if you are still drawn to God, Merton will redefine that relationship so that you may begin again free of preconceived notions and ideas. Both authors rocked me to the core. The battle has been bloody but it is amazing where I am now. Blessings
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