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Overview No Man Is An Island is a collection of 16 essays in which Thomas Merton plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton treats the "basic verities on which the spiritual life depends." Eassay themes include hope, conscience, sacrifice, charity, sincerity, mercy and silence. The work is threaded through with Merton's deep awareness that we are all called to "live not for ourselves but for others." The first essay, "Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away," is a spiritual classic.
Publishers Description "No Man Is an Island" is a collection of 16 essays in which Thomas Merton plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton treats the "basic verities on which the spiritual life depends." Essay themes include hope, conscience, sacrifice, charity, sincerity, mercy and silence. The work is threaded through with Merton's deep awareness that we are all called to "live not for ourselves but for others." The first essay, "Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away," is a spiritual classic. "This volume is a stimulating series of spiritual reflections which will prove helpful for all struggling to find the meaning of human existence and to live the richest, fullest and noblest life." --"Chicago Tribune" Read by Jonathan Montaldo (7 compact discs; approx. 7 hours)
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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Running Time: 540.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.45" Width: 6.53" Height: 1.11" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2007
Publisher ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN 086716865X ISBN13 9780867168655
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More About Thomas Merton & Jonathan Montaldo
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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Faith and the Spiritual Life Oct 14, 2007
This book was an amazing read for me the first time through. I have since read again and it continues to reveal insights into my life and relationship with God and to others. Thomas Merton is amazingly timeless and contemporary throughout. These are not abstract views of spirituality, but real and meaningful looks at a life of faith in the world, our world, today. Merton looks truthflly at how we relate to God and to each other in a world that is filled with noise and distractions. I highly reccomend this book to anyone who is honestly seeking to deepen their own interior spiritual life. Merton is a man of our times, understanding the depths and treasures of faith as well as the pitfalls of our humanity. This book will help you to believe that goodness is very possible and that being a spiritual person is possible while living in the world. Merton shows that the religious life is not just for priests, monks and nuns, which is very compatible with the John Paul II vision that all lives lived in faith can be a vocation.
This hardcover is very nice as it is linen bound with a gold ribbon marker. Chapters are broken up into numbered segments, making it possible to read a little each day and to find favorite sections.
to re-read until the soil is good Jul 5, 2007
Every adjective title used to describe this book in the reviews so far i have found to be true.
"The truth i must love in my brother is God Himself, living in Him." excerpt from this book (Thomas Merton "No Man is an Island"
Reading just that line is enough to contemplate for some while.
I found i had to read small sectionsm and re read to gain fuller meaning because some concepts are difficult to grapple with, but grapple with them. I will re read this book many times over throughout my life. It strikes richly at the core of Catholic teaching, its value universal for everyone. Its a celebration of God and his creatures, it affirms the truth of His love as His gift living in us, for us also to share, for it is not ours to keep selfishly.
Inspired and Inspiring Jul 2, 2006
"No Man is an Island" is a spiritually moving set of essays--or meditations, rather--that address many issues but ultimately center on our relationship with God, with each other, and with ourselves. Having read only a little of Merton, I found this book somewhat more straightforward and prosaic compared to a later work of his, "The New Man", and he gets a tad dogmatic in spots (well, he is ordained, so he has a license to do so, fair enough)--I was reminded of some of the more trenchant passages in "The Seven Storey Mountain" before he'd mellowed out a bit. And yet Merton's characteristic mix of simplicity and profundity, his fine-tuned mystic's sense of paradox, and his ability to take Catholic teachings and breathe new life into them are all here in full; indeed, in many ways this book would serve very well as a Catholic Monastic statement of what life's all about, spoken in Merton's gentle conversational tones at once calm and serious, critical of the shallow aspects of modernity while articulated in a manner that speaks eloquently to modern people. I have no doubt that this book should appeal to readers who profess Christianity as their religion, but I also think that many non-Christians (such as myself) will find much here that is inspiring and spiritually enlightening.
Merton writes from a powerful place that touches the heart deeply Jun 13, 2006
This book by Thomas Merton is a marvelous exploration of what it is to be human and the fundamental problems of disconnection from the depths of Being. More practically, it addresses the solution to our isolation in a direct, loving and compassionate way. Thomas Merton is clearly one who has traveled the path to his deepest self and has much to share about his journey.
Thomas Merton is a mystic who has spent a lot of time in silence and deep contemplation. He had a grasp of contemporary issues facing the modern person and he has a way of using language that is simple, but touches the heart.
Although Merton was a Catholic Christian mystic, his message is universal. He illuminates the mystic's path and shares the fruit of his explorations through writing in a way that is accessible and powerful. Somehow, between the lines it is obvious that his experience has been profound and he translates this into terms that help the reader to find meaning.
This book will be especially appealing to Catholics and Christians. The tone is understanding and gentle, although it is packaged in a way that is most digestible to fellow Catholics. On the other hand, there are so many gems that are applicable to the human condition that it will be a valuable read by people of any faith.
Thomas Merton wrote a lot of books and this is one of his best for lay people. New Seeds of Contemplation is also very thought provoking and could be considered a companion volume. It also goes a bit deeper into some of the more existential and metaphysical aspects of living, but not in an esoteric way.
If you have an interest in Christian Mysticism in general, I also highly recommend Practical Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill. This is a great short introduction to Western Mysticism delivered in a very poetical style and that is geared to the average person looking for meaning in their lives.
Nice to read in segments. Good for prayer. Jun 9, 2006
While this is certainly not one of my favorite Thomas Merton works, I do find that its format and style facilitate a prayerful experience.
With its individual sections of thought, this book is great to read in parts. I found it wonderfully useful in sections read before community prayer in the chapel. It might be good for someone looking for spiritual reading but who does not have a lot of time to spare.