Thomas Merton – Intro Reading Guide.

January 29, 2016



Sunday is the birthday of Thomas Merton, born 31 January 1915.

Merton was a monk who not only wrote elegantly about contemplative life, but also was a gifted poet and social critic. Here is an introductory guide to some of his best books. I’ve included an excerpt, where possible with each of the books.

10. [easyazon_link identifier=”0156949547″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Waters of Siloe[/easyazon_link]

A lesser-known book of Merton’s, which is understandable, as the book covers the history of the Cistercian order of monastics.  But, in this book Merton puts a literary spin on this history, and it is a fascinating and elegant read.



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