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. The Waters of Siloe

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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