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The Pocket Thomas Merton

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This pocket-sized treasury of wisdom from the influential Christian contemplative, political activist, social visionary, and literary figure is abridged from the larger collection Seeds by Robert Inchausti (Shambhala, 2002).
Paperback, Abridged, 208 pages
Published November 8th 2005 by New Seeds
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Asher
Mar 30, 2012 Asher rated it it was amazing
Yes it's a tiny book. But don't judge a book by it's size. Merton can pack a punch sufficient for a week's contemplation into a single paragraph. I've come back to this collection of Merton excerpts over and over and over again. I've ended up typing most of them into a file on my computer for easy and frequent re-reading. This little book was like a spiritual director to me before I knew what the heck a spiritual director was.
Molly
Jun 11, 2009 Molly rated it liked it
Pretty words; nothing more. Merton seems to be a man of complete inaction; I hate that about him and his concept of religion. In the entire book (199 pgs), there were only two pages on charity. Charity and good works should be the basis of any healthy religion. Surprisingly, there was also minimal input on proselytizing and testifying. I know it's obnoxious, but the Bible stresses the importance of testifying ad nauseum, To ignore it in favor of inactivity is ridiculous.
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The Pocket Thomas Merton
by Inchausti, Robert

This is a favorite book of mine. I found my copy at The Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky — Merton’s place.

Inchausti collects the best paragraphs of many Merton books here and puts them into thematic chapters. You loose the wider development of thought from Merton, yet you’re blessed with a wonderful collection of meditations. And that’s what this became for me — a book to dwell with, to read short paragraphs and drift into thought and prayer.
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Born in Sacramento, California, Robert (Larry) Inchausti attended Sacramento State University and got his Ph.D. in English from The University of Chicago. Robert is the author of four books and the editor of two anthologies of Thomas Merton's writings. His first book The Ignorant Perfection of Ordinary People was nominated for a National Book Award by his publisher SUNY Press. His book on classroo ...more
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