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Silent Lamp: The Thomas Merton Story [Paperback]

By William H. Shannon (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.91" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.96 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 1994
Publisher   Crossroad Classic
ISBN  0824512812  
EAN  9780824512811  

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Silent Lamp is written with a remarkable combination of clarity and assurance. Its author, who is also the general editor of Thomas Merton's letters, has made the material his own in a masterly way. This book will be recognized as an authoritative, if not definitive, study of Merton's life and work. It is a biography--but of a rather special kind. Each period of merton's life is presented to us in two ways. First, a section of chronology sets out the major events in that life in parallel with significant events in the contemporary poitical and literary world. Then follows the biographical chapters that contitute the substance of the book. Here Merton's life is seen in terms of the principal themes that he developed as a writer and teacher. These themes are of a great and intriguing variety, varying from the possibilities of monasitc renewal to the poetry of Latin America, from the demands of interracial justice to the teachings of the Sufi masters. Thus we are given not just an account of Merton's life but the story of that life, its unfolding pattern and meaning. We see the story in relation to the time in which he lived, and we find him in an unexpected way to have been a representative figure of the midtwentieth century.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! WILLIAM H. SHANNON, professor emeritus in the religious studies department at Nazareth College, is a priest of the Diocese of Rochester, New York. He is the author of numerous books, including "Thomas Merton s Paradise Journey: Writings on Contemplation," "Something of a Rebel: Thomas Merton, His Life and WorksAn Introduction" and "Exploring the Catechism of the Catholic Church." He is the founding president of the International Thomas Merton Society."

William H. Shannon currently resides in Rochester, in the state of New York.

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Mertons Real Story  Jul 17, 2007
I first read Thomas Merton's bestselling Seven Storey Mountain while in high school, and though it was very dated for mid 1970s America it was important to me dealing with my own trepid quest for the Catholic spiritual experience. The biography is super. It fills in lots of interesting gaps in Merton's life, and though written by a priest is objective and not the least bit preachy or sanctimonious. The timelines are especially useful.

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