Thomas Merton: An Introduction to His Life, Teachings, and Practices (Paperback)

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Thomas Merton: An Introduction to His Life, Teachings, and Practices (Paperback)


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An introduction to the spiritual legacy of Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and one of the most influential spiritual figures of the 20th century. His writing on contemplation, monastic life, mysticism, poetry, and social issues have influenced generations and his legacy of interfaith understanding and social justice endures to this day. Thomas Merton: An Introduction to His Life, Teachings, and Practices offers an exploration of Merton as a monk, as a writer, and as a human being. Author Jon M. Sweeney delves into Merton’s life and ideas with an appreciation for his work and a deep understanding of the spiritual depth that it contains.

Thomas Merton offers a unique view of the popular and sometimes controversial monk, braiding together his thoughts and practices with the reality of his life to create a full portrait of a pivotal figure. The Merton revealed in its pages is a source of inspiration and insight for those wrestling with questions of faith and spirituality.

At its core, the book is about the search for wholeness—a search Merton undertook himself throughout his lifetime and one readers can also embark on as they draw inspiration and guidance from his life.

JON M. SWEENEY is an independent scholar and an award-winning writer. He is a biographer of St. Francis of Assisi and translator of his writings, and his books on Franciscan subjects have sold more than two hundred thousand copies. Jon is the author of more than forty books, including The Pope Who Quit, which was optioned by HBO. He edits the magazine Living City, and is religion editor/associate publisher of Monkfish Publishing in Rhinebeck, NY. He’s appeared on CBS Saturday Morning and numerous other programs, and writes regularly for America magazine in the US, and The Tablet in the UK. Jon is married to Rabbi Michal Woll; their interfaith marriage has been profiled in national media. He's the father of four, and lives in Milwaukee.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250250483
ISBN-10: 125025048X
Publisher: St. Martin's Essentials
Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
Pages: 160
Language: English

"This is a much-needed bridge to reach Merton, or visit him again, so we can sit with the themes of solitude, inner freedom, silence, and respect for all humanity.”
—Robert J. Wicks, author, The Tao of Ordinariness: Humility and Simplicity in a Narcissistic Age

“If Thomas Merton’s life and work amount to something like the Louvre or the Met—full of shimmering masterpieces, weird sketches, and hidden subterranean passageways—Sweeney is the perfect docent to show us around. This indispensable guide to America’s most famous monk is both spirited and measured, an insightful examination of a monolithic writer that never veers into hagiography.”
—Dan Hornsby, author of Via Negativa: A Novel

"Beautifully written and expertly researched, this is a truly superb short introduction to the life of one of the great spiritual masters of our time--of any time."
—James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage and Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints