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The Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton

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The only authorized biography of Merton-a New York Times bestseller and a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize-this book was based on interviews as well as Merton’s unpublished writings. New Afterword by the Author. Index; photographs.
Paperback, 720 pages
Published November 18th 1993 by Mariner Books (first published 1984)
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“When I reveal most, I hide most.” ~Thomas Merton

I thoroughly enjoyed this biography savoring it as I spent time getting to know an author—who I consider more of a friend—better. I do not, however, recommend Seven Mountains of Thomas Merton for someone who has only a casual interest in Thomas Merton. Better to find a smaller/shorter bio, or better yet, try one of Merton’s many little gems on contemplative prayer. Come to know him first through his insightful writing.

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Nov 12, 2015 Lilian rated it really liked it
Simplesmente fascinante!
May 15, 2016 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Merton's introspectively reviews his life from birth to the time after he enters the monastery. His clarity of thought and honesty is very compelling. The transformation from an agnostic youth to a fervent believer is riveting. The book is written as a narrative with a plot that drives the story. Merton from time to time takes a step off of the plot to delve deeper into various topics. Loved the book and was inspired by it.
Robert Funaro
Truly inspirational and moving - Merton was a person of deep thought, reflection and challenges my inner self to a journey that might lead to contemplation.

For those seeking an inner revolution, this is a way to start!!
Phyllis Fredericksen
Oct 26, 2015 Phyllis Fredericksen rated it it was amazing
Ever since visiting Gethsemani I have wanted to read more about Thomas Merton. I've read his autobiography, but this biography certainly covers more territory with much more detail of his life. This is the authorized biography by the Merton trust. I think it is worthwhile reading.
David Armstrong
May 10, 2016 David Armstrong rated it it was amazing
I adore this book.
Apr 16, 2009 Kathleen rated it it was ok
While this biography of Thomas Merton did fill in the gaps of my knowledge of the poet/monk/activist, it was certainly a slow read. There was a lot of time spent on dissecting literary works and the biographer's style was a tad long winded. I probably learned more than I wanted to learn!
Jan 14, 2011 John added it
Ok, I admit to turning slightly Catholic during the Holidays. This is good to read alongside his actual journals which are of course the source for much of the detail here. I'm on volume 3 of the journals.
Jan 31, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
This book is a must read for any Merton fan or critic. It outlines in sometimes harsh detail the life and trials of Merton. It helps you to understand the man behind the popular writings.
Nov 07, 2015 Rick rated it really liked it
Having read many of Merton's books, I really enjoyed learning more about the man and his life. The ending was quite moving.
Apr 17, 2011 Gabriel rated it really liked it
A fair and well-researched biography. However, my personal views on Merton are a hopeless muddle.
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Lovely biography of a monk. It's one of the books I won't let go of.
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