Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer

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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Religion - 526 pages

The second volume of Thomas Merton's "gusty, passionate journals" (Thomas Moore) chronicles Merton's advancements to priesthood and emergence as a bestselling author with the surprise success of his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain. Spanning an eleven-year period, Entering the Silence reflects Merton's struggle to balance his vocation to solitude with the budding literary career that would soon established him as one of the most important spiritual writers of our century.


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I give it five stars, but you definitely have to be interested in Merton minutiae to feel that way about this book. Most of it is still actual, private journal, and his life is both as boring and as interesting as anyone's. Read full review

ENTERING THE SILENCE: The Journals of Thomas Merton, Vol. II: 1941-1952

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A close-up of Merton's intimate life during his early years as a Trappist monk. Not long after his conversion to the Catholic faith, Merton left New York City's Greenwich Village and his post at ... Read full review


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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is widely regarded as one of the most influential spiritual writers of modern times. He was a Trappist monk, writer, and peace and civil rights activist. His bestselling books include The Seven-Storey Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation, and Mystics and Zen Masters.

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