Reading Guides, Volume 9

Thomas Merton Books – An Intro Reading Guide

Thomas_Merton

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 reading guide to some of the Best Thomas Merton 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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