The Seven Storey Mountain

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A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. This edition contains an introduction by Merton's editor, Robert Giroux, and a note to the reader by biographer William H. Shannon. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders—the Trappist monks. At the Abbey of ...

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Overview

A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. This edition contains an introduction by Merton's editor, Robert Giroux, and a note to the reader by biographer William H. Shannon. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders—the Trappist monks. At the Abbey of Gethsemani, "the four walls of my new freedom," Thomas Merton struggles to withdraw from the world, but only after he has fully immersed himself in it. The Seven Storey Mountain has been a favorite of readers ranging from Graham Greene to Claire Booth Luce, Eldridge Cleaver, and Frank McCourt. And, in the half-century since its original publication, this timeless spiritual tome has been published in over twenty languages and has touched millions of lives.

The autobiography of a young man who led a worldly life and then at the age of 26, entered a Trappist monastery.

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Without a life of the spirit our whole existence becomes unsubstantial and illusory.-Thomas Merton
Elizabeth Powers
It is in many ways a young person's book, in the best sense of the term. -- Wall Street Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156010863
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 39,374
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was born in France and came to live in the United States at the age of 24. He received several awards recognizing his contribution to religious study and contemplation, including the Pax Medal in 1963, and remained a devoted spiritualist and a tireless advocate for social justice until his death in 1968. The Sign of Jonas was originally published in 1953.

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  • Posted January 16, 2009

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    One of the best books I have ever read!

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. To read about Merton's journey from basically being an atheist to a devout Catholic is remarkable and inspiring. In the true spirit of every man thinking for himself, he followed his heart and path to God. I recommend this book to anyone interest in learning about an every day individual doing extraordinary things through faith and love.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

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    Seven Story Mountain

    I really loved this book. I actually read it several years ago and bought this copy for my son. Not sure if he read it yet.

    I enjoyed it very much and did not want to give away my copy so I bought him a new one.

    It's a very powerful book of a faith journey. I will probably read it again in the future.

    I am a convert to Catholisism 50 years ago but did not read Thomas Merton's story until quite a few years later. But I remember at the time of reading it how I felt alot of the way he did. I too became a Catholic prior to Vatican 2. I was 20yrs old at the time.

    It's a wonderful book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2009

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    Great Book!

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. To read about Merton's journey from basically being an atheist to a devout Catholic is remarkable and inspiring. In the true spirit of every man thinking for himself, he followed his heart and path to God. I recommend this book to anyone interest in learning about an every day individual doing extraordinary things through faith and love.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    Contiues to touch lives

    Merton's journey to Christ is as moving today as it was 50 years ago. Anyone bitten by the Merton bug wants more and more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2000

    You are not alone.

    I enjoyed walking with Thomas Merton through his journey form the darkness of an empty life to the light of fullness. A very honest (sometimes too honest) account of his perspectives and realities. I could not put it down.... this book will draw the reader in and keep your attention throughout.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2000

    A spiritual journey

    May I recommend to you Thomas Merton's Seven Storey Mountain.<P> Thomas Merton was a Catholic mystic, whose spiritual quest resulted in one of the truly great teachers of our time.<P> It was my good fortune to have some correspondence with him. I highly recommend his writing. It might change your life.<P>

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    7 storey mountain

    great book.should be read by all christianz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2002

    A 20th Century Masterpiece

    Merton's autobiography is remarkably descriptive, both of his own spiritual journey and of the world of his youth. His writing is lively and thoughful. Some of the descriptions of his youthful indiscretions aren't as detailed as in a modern autobiography, but the writing style is so passionate that the reader need not always see all the details to empathize with the author. For me, the fascination of this book comes from the knowledge that the experiences of the author's life have brought him to the monastery from which he writes. A reader who is interested (as I am) in spiritual thinking will enjoy reading how Merton's spirituality developed and may well compare Merton's journey to the reader's own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Inspiring

    This was the first book I have read of Merton's. It is inspiring of how his life and spiritual journey developed.

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