Thomas Merton: A Life in Letters

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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was one of the most influential spiritual writers of modern times. A Trappist monk, peace and civil rights activist, and widely-praised literary figure, Merton was renowned for his pioneering work in contemplative spirituality, his quest to understand Eastern thought and integrate it with Western spirituality, and his firm belief in Christian activism. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, is the defining spiritual memoir of its time, selling over one million copies and ...

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Overview

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was one of the most influential spiritual writers of modern times. A Trappist monk, peace and civil rights activist, and widely-praised literary figure, Merton was renowned for his pioneering work in contemplative spirituality, his quest to understand Eastern thought and integrate it with Western spirituality, and his firm belief in Christian activism. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, is the defining spiritual memoir of its time, selling over one million copies and translating into over fifteen languages.

Merton was also one of the most prolific and provocative letter writers of the twentieth century. His letters (those written both by him and to him), archived at the Thomas Merton Studies Center at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, number more than ten thousand. For Merton, letters were not just a vehicle for exchanging information, but his primary means for initiating, maintaining, and deepening relationships. Letter-writing was a personal act of self-revelation and communication. His letters offer a unique lens through which we relive the spiritual and social upheavals of the twentieth century, while offering wisdom that is still relevant for our world today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061348327
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 607,474
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, writer, and peace and civil rights activist. Merton's works have had a profound impact on contemporary religious and philosophical thought. He is best known for his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 A Life in Letters: In His Own Words 1

Pt. 2 Becoming and Being a Monk: Reflections on the Monastic Life 13

Pt. 3 Living the Writer's Life: From Manuscript to Publication 63

Pt. 4 Speaking the Truth: Writing to Fellow Writers 101

Pt. 5 Seeking God in the Ordinariness of Life: Merton's Contemplative Spirituality 161

Pt. 6 Reading the Signs of the Times: Merton's Critique of Culture 195

Pt. 7 Networking for Peace: The Struggle against War and Other Forms of Violence and Oppression 247

Pt. 8 Keeping Faith in Times of Change: Merton's Reflections on the Catholic Church 295

Pt. 9 Seeking Unity Beyond Difference: Engaging in Interreligious Dialogue 331

Index 387

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Another book about Thomas Merton

    Our fascination with Thomas Merton, the monk, never seems to abate. This book is an easy read , meant to supplement the DVD which can be purchased with the book. If you have not read Merton's autobiography of many years ago, or did not view the DVD, this book would not be a good place to begin your acquaintance with the noted monk/author. The text really is a collection of observations by many Merton authorities. Those who buy the DVD with the book will enjoy the original sound track.

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