A Seven Day Journey with Thomas Merton
Journey with Thomas Merton for 7 days, meditating on the best of his contemplative writings and savor-ing striking black & white photos taken my Merton himself. Let this book bring you to a greater aware-ness of yourself and Christ's presence in your world.
Paperback, 114 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Servant Publications
(first published 1993)
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I liked the idea of this book: I enjoyed the practice of reading it every day for seven days and the material gave me much to contemplate. However I couldn't shake the feeling of the author standing between me and Thomas Merton. The book is filled with her thoughts, her journey, her interpretations of Merton, and her struggles. At a certain point she became a distraction to my process. I wanted to read Merton's words on my own and ponder his views of solitude, reverence and love on my own. So I...more
I enjoy books by Thomas Merton. Everything I have read of his has been great. This book was ok, I think de Waal's observations on his writings are interesting and insightful, but lack anything profound. I think I will stick with books written by Merton, instead of books written about Merton or his writings.
I occasionally disagreed with some of De Waal's interpretations of Merton's writing. I was also mislead to believe that all the photos in the book were Merton's and they're not. I prefer just plain Thomas Merton rather than someone else's opinion of little chunks of what he wrote.