The Seven Storey Mountain

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. This edition contains an introduction by Merton's editor, Robert Giroux, and a note to the reader by biographer William H. Shannon. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders--the Trappist monks. At the Abbey of Gethsemani, "the four walls of my new freedom," Thomas Merton struggles to withdraw from the world, but only after he has fully immersed himself in it. The Seven Storey Mountain has been a favorite of readers ranging from Graham Greene to Claire Booth Luce, Eldridge Cleaver, and Frank McCourt. Since its original publication this timeless spiritual tome has been published in over twenty languages and has touched millions of lives.
 

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Merton's description of having seen a vision in which he "saw God" has many similarities to my own "satori." Another one of those books that one can read that opens a person up on many levels. Even if ... Read full review

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User Review  - debnance - LibraryThing

Thomas Merton tells the tale of his life in this book. He was born into a not-especially devout Catholic home in France. He sought to fill the emptiness he felt inside himself with various things ... Read full review

Contents

one Prisoners Base
3
two Our Lady of the Museums
33
one With a Great Price
185
two The Waters of Contradiction
247
one Magnetic North
283
two True North
327
epilogue Meditatio Pauperis in Solitudine
445
index
463
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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was born in France and came to live in the United States at the age of 24. He received several awards recognizing his contribution to religious study and contemplation, including the Pax Medal in 1963, and remained a devoted spiritualist and a tireless advocate for social justice until his death in 1968. The Sign of Jonas was originally published in 1953.

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