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A Book of Hours

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  308 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Presents a resource for daily prayer and contemplation.
Hardcover, 223 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Sorin Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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Magnificent Spiritual Poetry and Prose. Absolutely stunning!
Nathan Eilers
Aug 13, 2010 Nathan Eilers rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians, lovers of God
Thomas Merton is the man. I loved Seven Storey Mountain, so I was delighted to pick up this book as well. It's laid out as a book of hours would be: four liturgical prayers per day over seven days. I read a prayer section each day for devotions and ignored the suggested times to pray. That worked fine for me.

Merton is a man of faith who has gone out beyond the constructs of humanity in his pursuit of God, and his writing shows this fact. He insistently calls the reader to stop making God to be s
Kevin Ressler
The spirituality is good and enjoyable. I really enjoyed the parts about warfare and violence and the needs of people to change themselves internally instead of connecting to less personal movements in order for us to eventually see the end of warfare which is always useless and unnecessary. That said, from a poetic standpoint there was too much that just was average poetry. Also, as a book of hours it really lacked a sense of divinity and prayer in many of the pieces. I would have rated it high ...more
Simply an outstanding devotional, particularly if you're familiar with Merton. If you're looking for a devotional that takes Scripture and asks you to think about the passage, this is not that kind of book. It is instead a careful clipping of Merton's writing placed into a liturgical, devotional form. It's a book of contemplation and consideration of the themes and theology of the Christian life. And if you're willing, it will take you on a journey that will provide fertile ground for important ...more
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If I could meet one person from history, it would be Thomas Merton. What a visionary. The editor here takes his writings and arranges them into a medieval book of hours for your contemplation enjoyment.
This book is set up in the daily liturgical cycle, but instead of prayers from a lectionary or scripture readings, it is entirely composed of Thomas Merton's thoughts on silence, contemplation, nature, and listening to God. It's a great way to silence your soul to listen to God, and a good balance to something like the Divine Hours or the Catholic Breviary. I like how subjective it is, and its focus on silence and contemplation. It gives a great context to an anecdote I once heard: Mother Teresa ...more
A lovely, simple devotional that allows for reflection and some excellent spiritual thought. Each day is divided into four parts - dawn, day, dusk, and dark. I am not poetically-minded, so I generally skipped over the songs and poems and read the prayers and confessions for the entire day. I look forward to reading Thomas Merton's biography, now.
Jim Hering
Dec 29, 2009 Jim Hering rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in serious prayer in a new way
Shelves: justforfun
Merton's writings are the basis of the prayers offered in this book. But it is not just another book of prayers. It is organized into groups of prayers to be said routinely four times a day each day of the week. Each prayer time, part of the discipline of The Divine Hours, has separate prayers designed to convey messages to the reader and to God.

I find it refreshing to pray with the psalms and litanies written by a spiritual master like Merton. It's poetry in the way the biblical psalms are, bu
Thomas Merton is unbelievably gifted at giving words to ideas that seem to be beyond language; there were several passages in here where I found myself thinking, wow, I have always believed that but never could have even attempted to describe or explain it. That being said, I did struggle to commit to slowing down and focusing on this four times per day--even during a week we didn't have school. That's probably a comment on how much I neglect that side of myself, but at this point in my life, I ...more
David Weller
May 12, 2013 David Weller rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those looking for an alternative daily office.
I personally find it nice to use different books of daily offices in my prayer life. Thos. Merton was a famous Trappist monk/ writer of the 20th century and is the author of the content, compiled by Kathleen Deignan, CND in 2007. Some of this book's creative writing is a little difficult for me to follow the meaning of. However, for the most part, this book is a refreshing take on the daily office, a form of prayer enjoying renewed interest in recent years. "A Book of Hours" has four offices a d ...more
Very moving points for reflection on our daily life as Christians.

Recommended for self-retreat / recollections.

A beautiful book full of poetry, full of meaning. It's supposed to be a prayer book but there was far too much in each “hour of prayer” to get through in one prayer period. Although it's laid out as prayers for one week – Sunday through Saturday – it took me months to “pray” through the whole thing because Merton's concepts are so thought provoking and his poetry so rich. I highly recommend it.
I've heard so many wonderful Merton quotes, I thought this would be a good way to get a sampling of his writing. I wish I had selected a complete work instead. While the poetry was nice, the prose excerpts seemed lacking, probably because they were out of context. This hasn't spoiled Merton for me yet. I hold out hope my next selection will be better!
Merton was a contemplative at Gethsemane in Kentucky. He encourages us to find that silence within...there we will find God..that our identity is revealed in the love and mercy of God. When we truly find God within, we find ourselves, and our purpose for being.
Joey Reed
This book of hours was not created by Merton, but demonstrates his style and manner of prayer. Editors have taken his words and fashioned them into a prayer form that will quicken your senses to recognize the presence of the Divine.
Jason Arant
Great book for creating a rhythm of meditation outside of the normal evangelical scope. Any protestant reader will feel uncomfortable with the Mariology -so just skip it and enjoy the parts that you can theologically connect with!
A most fascinating insight into a humble man, who seems to have the same failings and misgivings as the rest of us! Reading him is like taking a lungful of fresh air. I didn't want to finish.
I think that it is better to take time to focus on small parts of this book rather than trying to get through all four sessions each day.
I've been very disappointing in this so far. It has many lovely writings by Merton, but as a prayer book it is really lacking.
all of thomas merton's poetry and writings. for me, i need to read this book slowly and thoughtfully. but really great.
A wonderfully designed and edited book filled with some of Merton's most lasting thoughts and insights.
Really excellent compilation of Merton's writings for use as daily prayer. Love his focus on nature.
This is a daily read book for readings morning, noon and night. It is like a little Liturgy of Hours.
lovely day-by-day reading and reflection. probably better if you've read some merton before.
Chiara Coletti
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Thomas Merton was one of the most influential Catholic authors of the 20th century. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, in the American state of Kentucky, Merton was an acclaimed Catholic spiritual writer, poet, author and social activist. Merton wrote over 60 books, scores of essays and reviews, and is the ongoing subject of many biographies. Merton was also a proponent of int ...more
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