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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (712 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Merton Narrator: Jonathan Montaldo Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is Merton at his best, applying ancient wisdom to the longings of our age through thoughtful commentary on Scripture and writers of the Western spiritual tradition. This book distills Merton's own reading and long experience with contemplation.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cate | 2/18/2014

    " Can't go wrong with Merton. The foreword by Thich Nhat Hahn just adds to the spiritual sweetness. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mel Gallagher | 2/17/2014

    " Written more for a monastic audience "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah Eisele | 2/16/2014

    " This was my first encounter with meditation and contemplative prayer. I read this with a group of people, and each week we read the same chapter of the book each day and meditated on the same Psalm each day for a week. This type of prayer and Bible reading adds such a depth to the spiritual life. Unfortunately, I do not have time to do this right now, but I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning how to pray contemplatively. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/13/2014

    " This book was written for an audience that does not include me, so the fact that it did not speak to me is not surprising. Nonetheless, I found much to think about in the discussion of what contemplative living and meditation is, and even more specifically, what it isn't. The last few chapters of the book discuss the pitfalls of assuming certain superficial adjustments to beliefs and lifestyles constitutes entering the contemplative or religious life, when in fact what is entered is a life of emptiness built on ego or self-definition. Here Merton is able to describe much better than I ever have some of the problems I have had with the religious life encouraged upon me by well meaning people, and I am grateful to now have the wording to think about some of the sources of my resistance. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton (1915–1968) was an Anglo-American Catholic writer and mystic. He was a Trappist monk, poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. He wrote more than seventy books, including his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain.