Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and one of the most influential spiritual figures of the 20th century. His writings and thoughts have influenced generations and his legacy of interfaith understanding and social justice endures to this day. Merton was a prolific writer, best known for his bestselling autobiography Seven Storey Mountain along with his numerous other works on contemplation, monastic life, poetry, and social issues. Thomas Merton: His Life, Teachings, and Practices offers an exploration of Merton as a monk, as a writer, and as a man. Author Jon 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 Merton, braiding together his thoughts and practices with the reality of his life to create a full portrait of this 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.