The Seven Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain

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by Thomas Merton
     
 

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Within a year of its publication in 1948, The Seven Storey Mountain had sold hundreds of thousands of copies and had become a classic for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. This unique spiritual autobiography is the account of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith eventually led him, at the age of…  See more details below

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Within a year of its publication in 1948, The Seven Storey Mountain had sold hundreds of thousands of copies and had become a classic for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. This unique spiritual autobiography is the account of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith eventually led him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vow in one of the most demanding religious orders, the Trappists.

At the monastery, within the "four walls of my new freedom," Merton wrote his extraordinary testament-the document of a man who withdrew from the world only after he had fully immersed himself in it/

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374955687
Publisher:
Octagon Books (Wholesale), Limited
Publication date:
01/01/1978
Pages:
429

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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Seven Storey Mountain 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
bmohr28 More than 1 year ago
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.
EllenBJ More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
May I recommend to you Thomas Merton's Seven Storey Mountain.

Thomas Merton was a Catholic mystic, whose spiritual quest resulted in one of the truly great teachers of our time.

It was my good fortune to have some correspondence with him. I highly recommend his writing. It might change your life.

Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
LEGNA More than 1 year ago
Still after all of these years, I go to Thomas Merton for help with my faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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amos1948 More than 1 year ago
great book.should be read by all christianz
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