The Seven Story Mountain: Thomas Merton

The Seven Story Mountain Thomas Merton Book
by Thomas Merton

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This book was a seminal reading experience for me. It changed me to read it. It is the account of the journey of a sophisticated and well educated man of the world towards a deep and abiding love of Jesús Christ. It is a poetic story that not only narrates but also teaches.It is about how the author's encounters with God began in emptiness that gradually filled with both sorrowful and joyful experiences of God's ultimate love as expressed on Calvary. Merton's book is like a song of love, like a concert of classical music that transports the listener to places he has never before visited.
I don't know how to put into words what I learned by reading this book, but since reading it I have always considered it pivotal, it has always been in my mind a turning point.
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A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. This edition contains an introduction by Merton's editor, Robert Giroux, and a note to the reader by biographer William H. Shannon. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders--the Trappist monks. At the Abbey of Gethsemani, "the four walls of my new freedom," Thomas Merton struggles to withdraw from the world, but only after he has fully immersed himself in it. The Seven Storey Mountain has been a favorite of readers ranging from Graham Greene to Claire Booth Luce, Eldridge Cleaver, and Frank McCourt. Since its original publication this timeless spiritual tome has been published in over twenty languages and has touched millions of lives.
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