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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,261 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: February 2010 ISBN:
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No Man Is an Island is a collection of 16 essays in which Thomas Merton plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton treats the basic verities on which the spiritual life depends. Essay themes include hope, conscience, sacrifice, charity, sincerity, mercy, and silence. The work is threaded through with Merton's deep awareness that we are all called to live not for ourselves but for others. The first essay, Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away, is a spiritual classic.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 2/18/2014

    " I have been slowly reading this book for four year. so much to contemplate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alison Schreck | 2/16/2014

    " game-changer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 2/3/2014

    " A good read, but might be more frustrating than enlightening depending on where you're coming from. Merton does a great job of describing the spiritual plight of humanity (particularly the plight of humans who cultivate no sense of the spirit), but his prescriptive assertions are too narrow to be of much use to anyone who isn't already a devout Christian. As a quasi-skeptic (and seeker of truth) with a history with religion, I found plenty to think about and relate to here, but also plenty to question and scratch my head over--Merton takes the mythology and language of Christianity for granted, for example, which precludes a deeper exploration of the human condition outside of that framework; also, out of nowhere there's a lot of focus on monkhood at one point, which for most readers is probably a bit too specific to be relevant. Overall, it has its dry patches, but it also has some really important things to say about human life, so definitely check it out if you're interested in religion and spirituality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey Conn | 2/2/2014

    " This book changed my life. Right from the first page. I've read other books by Merton, some of which are quite complicated, but this one I loved. I read it every few years. Reminds me about what is important, to get out of myself, to listen to others, to learn, to remain teachable, to find what your purpose in life is and use the talents God has given you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/31/2014

    " I really like Thomas Merton in something of an indescribable way. This will not stop me from trying to describe my love for Merton. When I read him I just think he "gets it". He says the most insightful brutally honest things and I feel understands what I understand the search for God and truth to be, especially in the context of being an active Catholic. And by active Catholic, I mean he doesn't take his faith for granted but is actively engaged in probing it's meaning. No Man is an Island is my favorite of the books of his that I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 1/23/2014

    " The best sequal ever written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanda | 1/23/2014

    " This is a perfect gem of a book. Many good passages for meditation. My favorite quote: "The silence of the sky remains when the plane has gone." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Eisele | 1/20/2014

    " one of my first encounters with Merton. A heady book with a great deal of insight into his own live in the cloister, and the benefits of community as opposed to the independence we're so fond of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/10/2014

    " Took me about 2 years to finish but it was worth it! That Thomas Merton is one wise fellow...I hope to understand the heart of God as he did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Collins | 1/8/2014

    " A great book, and I recommend reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 12/31/2013

    " Maybe just a peninsula. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ferrell Foster | 12/29/2013

    " This is probably a book that should be read instead of being listened to. I have bought a print edition and will be reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha | 10/29/2013

    " Never did grab me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becca Gomes | 10/4/2013

    " My heart responds as to this, as I expected it to respond to "Care of the Soul", by Moore. "Care of the Soul" frustrated my Catholic mind... and the heart in me which fears individuality. But Merton touched me... and woke me... and inspired me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/14/2012

    " This has informed my philosophy and approach to life. The prose is gorgeous and evocative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 10/19/2012

    " I read this book at the age of 15 or 16. Being very silly at the time, I didn't get much out of this book. I remember vaguely liking it. I should read this again, I'd probably enjoy it more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 10/13/2012

    " Wonderful book...chocked full of spiritual wisdom... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 10/12/2012

    " more MERTON "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanne | 9/12/2012

    " My good, sweet friend Jessie suggested this book. It is taking me years to read, but anytime I pick it up I am blessed, encouraged, and challenged. I think in the future I might use it as a daily devotion, reading one or two sections per day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 9/2/2012

    " I like Thomas Merton. He has a lot of good things to say about how God loves us immensely. That being said, I don't think I understand him fully, he's pretty intellectual that way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 5/2/2012

    " this is an excellent treatise on man's relationship to God, to others, and to truth "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey O'Connor | 4/22/2012

    " One of Merton's absolute best books! If you really want to understand why you're on this planet and how to live within it with any sense of sanity, read this book. It will put so much in perspective. I can't say enough good things about it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 7/30/2011

    " This was not simple to read. I kept underlining phrases though and rereading and wanting to reference a page. It's one of those books that makes you a better person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenny | 7/18/2011

    " has a really good beginning section, and an essay on Love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 4/14/2011

    " this is an excellent treatise on man's relationship to God, to others, and to truth "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wil | 2/26/2011

    " Some parts I found to be very touching and profound while other parts I found simply hard to pay attention to. I hope to listen to it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay | 7/9/2010

    " Wonderful book...chocked full of spiritual wisdom... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 3/2/2010

    " I like Thomas Merton. He has a lot of good things to say about how God loves us immensely. That being said, I don't think I understand him fully, he's pretty intellectual that way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 8/24/2009

    " A book for deep theological contemplation. This man is brilliant. I could read one page and meditate on it for the whole day. A great tool for development of our relationship with God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eduardo | 8/8/2009

    " Thomas Merton has a way of presenting the depth of faith, struggle, devotion and living in a world of struggle and doubt that simply comforts. This is, I strongly believe, one of his best books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 7/6/2009

    " An excellent introduction to Thomas Merton. Short chapters on a variety of topics make it an easy read. This book was a huge inspiration during my formation to the diaconate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 2/23/2009

    " Merton is able to express the essence of solitude and silence in relation to so many of the basics of life and this book is a masterpiece. I go back to his essays over and over. "

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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.