Though this is not a book about Thomas Merton, it is so thoroughly informed by Merton's thought that it reads like a commentary. Shannon maintains that nonviolence (understood as unconditional love) is inextricably connected with contemplation and that both are inextricably connected with the Christian gospel. That argument, in the mainstream of Roman Catholic thinking about peace since Merton, is relevant well beyond the boundaries of Roman Catholicism. Readers familiar with Merton will gain greater insight from an encounter with Shannon; readers not familiar with Merton may be moved to read him. Either way, Shannon's book fulfills the promise of its title: it is not a blueprint but a collection of reflections scattered as seeds.