The Pocket Thomas Merton
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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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.
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.
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...moreMore about Robert Inchausti...