For forty years, James Finley’s Merton’s Palace of Nowhere has been the standard text for exploring, reflecting on, and understanding the rich vein of Thomas Merton’s thought. Spiritual identity is the quest to know who we are, to find meaning in our own lives, to overcome that sense of “Is this all there is?” Merton’s message cuts to the heart of this universal quest, and Finley illuminates that message as no one else can.
Dog-eared, tattered, underlined copies of this book are found on the bookshelves of retreat centers, parish libraries, and the homes of spiritual seekers everywhere. More than 100,000 copies of the book have been sold. This fortieth anniversary edition brings a classic to a new generation and includes a new preface by Finley. It is being released fifty years after Merton’s death. The original foreword was written Henri J. M. Nouwen.
About the Author
James Finley is a contemplative retreat leader, a core teacher at the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School, and a retired clinical psychologist. He is the author of several books including Merton's Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Heart, and Christian Meditation. He studied spirituality and philosophy and lived for several years as a monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky under the spiritual direction of Thomas Merton. Finley has a doctorate in psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in education from St. John College, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Akron. He lives with his wife, Maureen Fox, in Marina del Rey, California.