Thomas Merton, Brother Monk: The Quest for True Freedom

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9780060665043: Thomas Merton, Brother Monk: The Quest for True Freedom

A personal portrayal of Merton's years as a Trappist monk, from 1948 - the year in which he became famous for the publication of The Seven Story Mountain - to the late 1950s and, in his own words, his return to the world and how those years changed his life forever.

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Although famed for his Augustine-like conversion to Catholicism and his richly textured life (author, social activist, philosopher, contemplative), the essence of Thomas Merton was undoubtedly his profound spirituality. A Trappist monk himself, Pennington here offers insight into the cloistered existence, illuminating Merton's conviction that the monastic discipline is the surest path to achieving inner peace and freedom. He traces the course of Merton's progress from worldly young man to eremite and, drawing on Merton's writings and the views of those who knew him, presents an evocative portrayal of Merton's development into one of the charismatic religious personages of our age. While at times verging on the adulatory, (Pennington finds Merton's controversial romantic liaison with a woman a sign of spiritual strength), this account of a spiritual journey will charm those intrigued by this paradoxical figure.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Twenty years after his tragic death, interest in Thomas Merton is more widespread than ever. Fellow Cistercian Pennington, who knew Merton well and is himself one of the finest contemporary writers on spiritual life, evaluates Merton's early life, vocation, writing career, daily trials, relations with his fellow monks, dealings with superiors and friends outside the monastery, influence on Cistercian reform, and development as a truly free, affable, and deeply contemplative person. This profound and revealing study may well be the best book so far on the real Merton. The 30-page "Bibliographic Appendix" is invaluable. W. Charles Heiser, S.J., St. Louis Univ. Lib.
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