The Seven Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain

by Thomas Merton

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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 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. Since its original publication this timeless spiritual tome has been published in over twenty languages and has touched millions of lives.

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ISBN-13: 9780156010863
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 10/04/1999
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 29,785
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.22(d)

About 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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
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.
ElTomaso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good message but the writing style is distracting.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I couldn't bring myself to finish this autobiography of a young man raised by very liberal parents who eventually became a trappist monk. Merton never did anything by halves and I think this book is a great representation of that -- everything he explains he goes into GREAT DETAIL about. That's the reason I didn't finish it, but my book club's discussion was interesting enough that I'll probably go back to it in the future when I am in the mood.
ebenlindsey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This autobiography of the early years and conversion to Catholicism of the Trappist Monk Thomas Merton is highly engaging and often quite beautiful in it's descriptions of the value of faith and the the importance of a contemplative life. What I found difficult was the constant condescension toward other faiths, which seemed very strange for a man who would become a champion of ecumenicism, and who wold die decades later on a tour of Asia, where he addressed an interfaith conference of monks.I was glad to learn later that Merton said he regretted much of this book, and for my own enjoyment I will assume it is this over-eagerness of a recent convert that he regretted.Beyond this one complaint I can say that it is a beautiful book with value beyond the Catholic world, as well a good introduction to Merton.
laudemgloriae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed with this auto-biography, and I'm not one for auto-biographies. I think they seem too egotistical generally, but this one is different. His life is fascinating, and he writes humorously, really giving all the glory to God for the good things in it.
universehall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amazing book. This it's an autobiography, a conversion story, and chock-full of amazingly deep spiritual insight. This isn't a book, however, that you're going to sit down and read all at one go. It's four hundred and twenty pages long, so that pretty much precludes speeding through the thing. Is it ever hard to read? Well, yes. But I'd temper that with the thought that I haven't read a spiritual book that was ever completely easy. And there are times when switching back and forth between philosophical/religious insight and autobiographical stories isn't as smooth as it could be.However - keep this fact in mind. When Merton wrote this book, he was ONLY THIRTY-THREE YEARS OLD!! I was astounded and a little befuddled by that when I got to the end and discovered it. I thought, as I was reading, that this book was written by a wise old man. Imagine my discomfiture when I found that he was only five years older than me. And yet - inspite of some minor awkwardness in the sheer writing mechanics - this is an amazing book. As a Catholic and convert myself, I found his story extremely inspiring. However, I don't think that only Catholics should read this book. Anyone who considers themselves spiritual (or would like to) should read it, and consider its contents.
jd234512 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was quite a wonderful book and is especially interesting to read after you have at least read one of his other works. There seem to be some points where the relevance of certain times do not seem fitting, but they all seem to come together at the end where he wraps it up very well. Overall, an excellent book and this just makes me want to read more of his others all the more.
LTW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 1941, a brilliant, good-looking young man decided to give up a promising literary career in New York to enter a monastery in Kentucky, from where he proceeded to become one of the most influential writers of this century. Talk about losing your life in order to find it. Thomas Merton's first book, The Seven Storey Mountain, describes his early doubts, his conversion to a Catholic faith of extreme certainty, and his decision to take life vows as a Trappist. Although his conversionary piety sometimes falls into sticky-sweet abstractions, Merton's autobiographical reflections are mostly wise, humble, and concrete. The best reason to read The Seven Storey Mountain, however, may be the one Merton provided in his introduction to its Japanese translation: "I seek to speak to you, in some way, as your own self. Who can tell what this may mean? I myself do not know, but if you listen, things will be said that are perhaps not written in this book. And this will be due not to me but to the One who lives and speaks in both." --Michael Joseph Gross
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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