Shannon, W./Bochen, C: A Life in Letters: Thomas Merton
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Now available in paperback, this expert distillation of Thomas Merton's letters offers a glimpse into the mind and heart of this fascinating monk, mystic, poet, and prophet as he writes to a variety of friends and acquaintances, including Pope John XXIII, Jackie Kennedy, Dorothy Day, and Thich Nhat Hanh.
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was one of the most influential spiritual writers of modern times. A Trappist monk, peace and civil rights activist, and widely-praised literary figure, Merton was renowned for his pioneering work in contemplative spirituality, his quest to understand Eastern thought and integrate it with Western spirituality, and his firm belief in Christian activism. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, is the defining spiritual memoir of its time, selling over one million copies and translating into over fifteen languages.