No Man is an Island

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Shambhala Publications, 2005 - Religion - 280 pages
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Here, in one of his most popular of his more than thirty books, Thomas Merton provides further meditations on the spiritual life in sixteen thoughtful essays, beginning with his classic treatise "Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away." This sequel to Seeds of Contemplation provides fresh insight into Merton's favorite topics of silence and solitude, while also underscoring the importance of community and the deep connectedness to others that is the inevitable basis of the spiritual life--whether one lives in solitude or in the midst of a crowd.
 

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User Review  - BradKautz - LibraryThing

To begin, a confession. I only read a portion of this book. I read the Prologue, the first chapter, on Love, the first parts of the second chapter, on Hope, and a few scattered bits of the remaining ... Read full review

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User Review  - StephenBarkley - LibraryThing

No Man is an Island is a reflection on the spiritual life. I'm aware that by using the word "spiritual," some assume "otherworldly." This couldn't be further from the truth. Merton has the entire ... Read full review

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Contents

Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away
1
Sentences on Hope
13
Conscience Freedom and Prayer
24
Pure Intention
54
The Word of the Cross
80
Asceticism and Sacrifice
100
Being and Doing
123
Vocation
138
Sincerity
198
Mercy
218
Recollection
229
My Soul Remembered God
243
The Wind Blows Where It Pleases
250
The Inward Solitude
258
Silence
269
Copyright

The Measure of Charity
173

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Thomas Merton (1915–1968) was a Trappist monk, spiritual director, political activist, social critic, and one of the most-read spiritual writers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, including The Seven Storey Mountain .

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