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Thomas Merton: An Introduction [Paperback]

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Pages   199
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.88" Width: 6.36" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN  0867167106  
EAN  9780867167108  


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"He was something of a legendary figure among the old boys of his generation and he was clearly something of a rebel." That description of Thomas Merton by his English headmaster influenced this captivating introductory look at the monk-writer and his works. Merton scholar William H. Shannon presents Merton's life story "to suggest that this mid-twentieth-century writer can speak meaningfully to women and men now several years into a new century, to develop...some of the themes that make their way through his writings, and to suggest a possible order for reading his books as one enters into the huge library of Mertoniana."

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"He was something of a legendary figure among the old boys of his generation and he was clearly something of a rebel."
That description of Thomas Merton by his English headmaster influenced this captivating introductory look at the monk-writer and his works. Merton scholar William H. Shannon presents Merton's life story "to suggest that this mid-twentieth-century writer can speak meaningfully to women and men now several years into a new century, to develop...some of the themes that make their way through his writings, and to suggest a possible order for reading his books as one enters into the huge library of Mertoniana...."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William H. Shannon, an internationally known Merton scholar and priest of the diocese of Rochester, New York, was the general editor to more than 4,000 Merton letters. Msgr. Shannon was alsoa religious studies professor and first president of the International Thomas Merton Society.

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

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Fresh, Inspiring, Practical  Dec 3, 2005
Though this is a book about Merton, a word about its author, William H. Shannon, is in order before getting to the content. In addition to being a professor emeritus of religious studies, Shannon is the founding president of the International Thomas Merton Society, general editor of Merton's published letters, and author of numerous books on spirituality. So, one finds the expected level of expertise and objectivity on all things Merton, but also a taste of Fr. Shannon's own spirituality. In the introduction the author enumerates a three-pronged purpose in writing this book: showing that Merton's message is meaningful for current readers, presenting major themes that flow through Merton's enormous body of work, and recommending an order for reading Merton's books.

The organization and writing style make this my current favorite among books about Thomas Merton. The gifts of Merton and Shannon seem to combine to bring something fresh and inspiring to every page. The biography is a true introduction. The section on themes is a useful synthesis of Merton's spiritual growth, always with undertones showing how others can follow his path. And the recommendations for reading Merton are way beyond a book list: Shannon devotes 12 pages to Merton's most popular book, Seven Storey Mountain, giving its history and a section-by-section reading guide. Other major works are treated in similar style with similar detail.
 

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