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The Waters of Siloe

Merton, Thomas

Published by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York U. S. A., 1949
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Marfree, acidfree F/Fine 1stEd w/ 16pp of photos, perf-bound in lt blue full cloth w/ shiny gilt XO dec on F & titles on spine, vibrant jade topstain, peaceful cloister endpapers, new mylar-protected unclipped DJ is modestly worn at corners + a chip at head of spine under 1/2 inch; no names, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours. ; 377 pages; \nParadisus Claustralis! Aug 21, 2000 \nBy J. Anderson (Monterey, CA USA) - \nThis is surely one of the warmest, most intelligent, most readable works of scholarship ever composed! The not inconsequential history of the Cistercian Order, the men and women that have peopled it like robins arriving and defining their eternal Spring, and at the same time, the sacred history of one man's soul are all found here in a text beautifully composed with order, entrancing prose, and the humility of true faith. This is my favorite Merton book, I think because it is so full of his new love! Written in 1949, "The Waters of Siloe" is rivaled only by "The Sign of Jonas" for its beauty and depth of meaning. Layers of beauty and solitude pervade every page, taking the reader into Merton's own heart, really, into the deep still water of his life as a priest and Trappist monk. Merton's astounding facility as a writer is always subordinate to the searching of his own heart, so that even while he writes like a prophet, he plays at no pretense of knowledge or superior understanding, keeping his formidable gifts focused on the object of his love and study, his Christ and the monastic vocation. Such a delicate balance only shows forth his literary genius all the more, yet leaves such a sweetness in the heart that one wants to give up all literature for the love of God, whatever one's natural inclincations, whatever one's tradition. Merton's is a rare and matchless talent, the gift of true understanding, really, and never used more wisely or more warmly than in "The Waters of Siloe". If you are a seeker who desires to know what it is to enter upon the path, to suffer and be glad, read this book. There isn't another like it. \nBook Description An examination of the roots of the Cistercian Order, founded in 1098, its development and waning, and the seventeenth-century reforms by the Abbé de Rancé, which began the second flowering that continues today. Throughout, Merton illuminates the purposes of monasticism. Index; photographs. --This text refers to the Paperback edition. About the Author Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk in the Cistercian Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, Kentucky. He has been revered throughout the world for the depth and profundity of his thoughts on religion, reflection, and the world's possibilities since his bestselling The Seven Storey Mountain was published in 1948. His other works include The Sign of Jonas, New Seeds of Contemplation, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, The Way of Chuang Tza, and Mystics and Zen Masters. Bookseller Inventory # 21492

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Title: The Waters of Siloe

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York U. S. A.

Publication Date: 1949

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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