Behind the walls of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where Merton lived and wrote, there are many more stories:
- funny, lively accounts about monks setting fires to their woods out of boredom, with the hope of rousing the fire trucks
- the police descending upon the monks in a helicopter to confiscate marijuana plants mysteriously growing in the monastery's woods
- the colorful Brother Ambrose, an old monk who steals from his fellow monks to give to the poor
- one monk at Gethsemani who photographed the first atomic blasts that ended the war with Japan
- learning sign language, the only form of communication between monks.
These stories, including some about Merton himself, are written by three monks who should knowBrother Paul Quenon, a photographer and poet, Brother Guerric Plante, once the abbey's official storyteller, and Gethsemani's abbot, Father Timothy Kelly.
Holy Folly is their take on life behind the walls of this place. A portrait of the richly pious life of monks faithfully following the monastic rule, but not without a little fun along that terribly rigid road to Heaven.... Holy Folly is a book you won't be able to put down. It will make you laugh and make you think. No other book speaks the truth about this prayerful and famous place.