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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 Montald Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by Alison Schreck | 2/16/2014

    " game-changer! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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. "

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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.