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DANCING IN THE WATER OF LIFE. Seeking Peace In The Hermitage. The Journals Of Thomas Merton. Volume Five (5). 1963~1965. Edited By Robert E. Daggy.

Merton, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0060654821 / ISBN 13: 9780060654825
Published by SF CA. 1997. Harper SF., 1997
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green, blue & gilt decorative 1/2 cloth hardbound 8vo. dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. very fine cond. mint cond. looks brand new. as new. binding square & tight. covers clean. edges clean. contents free of all markings. dustwrapper in fine cond. not worn or torn or price clipped. nice clean copy.no library markings, store stamps, stickers, bookplates, no names, inking , underlining, remainder markings etc ~first edition so stated. first printing ( # 1 in # line). illustrated 1/2 title, frontis. & title pg. xviii+363p. index. biography. autobiography. religion. philosophy. memoirs. d t suzuki. ~ The fifth volume of the acclaimed Journals of Thomas Merton documents the most turbulent period of the sixties and concludes with Merton's momentous move to his own hermitage. ~ The sixties were a time of restlessness, inner turmoil, and exuberance for Merton, during which he closely followed the careening development of political and social activism ~Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic Worker Movement, the Vietnam War, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In this volume Merton challenges the powers that be in Gethsemani and Washington, while exploring every spiritual, literary, and personal link to a more meaningful, active life. Dancing in the Water of Life chronicles the approach of Merton's fiftieth birlhday and marks his move to Mount Olivet. At fifty Merton finds himself striving, as never before, for inner peace. Relieved of his duties as novice master, Merton now spends more and more time at his hermitage at the Abbey of Gethsemani. He writes of the surrounding forested hills and valleys, finally able to fully embrace the joys and challenges of solitary life. "In the hermitage, one must pray or go to seed . Solitude puts you with your back to the wall (or your face to it!), and this is good" (October l3, 1964). THOMAS MERTON (1915~1968) was a Trappist monk, writer, and peace activist. His spiritual classics include The Seven Storey Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation, The Sign 0f Jonas, and Mystics and Zen Masters. Bookseller Inventory # 6121201

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Title: DANCING IN THE WATER OF LIFE. Seeking Peace ...

Publisher: SF CA. 1997. Harper SF.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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The '60s were a time of restlessness, inner turmoil and exuberance for Merton, a time during which he closely followed the careening development of political and social activism -- Martin Luther King Jr., and the March on Selma; the Catholic Worker Movement; the Vietnam War and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Volume 5 chronicles the approach of Merton's fiftieth birthday and marks his move to Mount Olivet, his hermitage at the Abbey of Gethsemani, where he was finally able to embrace fully the joys and challenges of solitary life: "In the hermitage, one must pray or go to seed. The pretense of prayer will not suffice. Just sitting will not suffice... Solitude puts you with your back to the wall (or your face to it!), and this is good" (October 13, 1964).

Making his struggles and his happiness practically tangible on these pages, Merton was never a better writer than in his journals. His gifts are as abundantly clear in this volume as in its predecessors."'Publishers Weekly

"Merton at his best: sophisticated, honest, humorous, and mystical."'Kirkus Reviews

"When all the journals are published, it is likely that they will take their place with the famous journals of Henry David Thoreau, G. M. Hopkins, Edmund Wilson, and perhaps be seen as an American version of St. Augustine's `Confessions.'"'Catholic News Service

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In the fifth volume of Thomas Merton's acclaimed journals, the renowned monk and writer immerses himself in the revolutionary ideas of the sixties and finally begins to live full-time at his own hermitage.

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