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The Man in the Sycamore Tree by Edward Rice
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This is a gem, written by a guy who knew Merton well. A bit weird, off balance; a totally necessary correction to the straight-laced Catholic appearance that some of Merton's more popular works present (e.g., 7 Storey Mountain).
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New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton
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Deep thoughts on spiritual realization by Merton. Profound, but a bit abstract after a while.
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Encounters with Merton by Henri J.M. Nouwen
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Nouwen meets Merton. It was a quick meeting over a can of beer, not that much to say about it. But Nouwen still has much to say about Merton, very profound.
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The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton by Thomas Merton
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The final journey of Merton to the east, where he died. Wow. Great stuff.
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The Sign of Jonas by Thomas Merton
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Early Merton, but a bit more human and vulnerable than 7Storey Mountain.
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Zen and the Birds of Appetite by Thomas Merton
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Merton in his final year, on his Eastern journey. Not to be missed, if you have any interest in the story of Roman Christianity encountering Eastern Wisdom (and some dross, too; the eastern world is still as human and fallible as the western Church i ...more
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The Way of Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi
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Merton and Taoism -- a good combination
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Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton
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The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
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A spiritual classic. But remember, this is early Merton. He changed and grew quite a bit in his life. Later works are deeper, more mature.
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I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas R. Hofstadter
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Don't bother. Seems very profound at first, but doesn't go anywhere much. He still seems to view the brain as a linear symbol processing computer, versus an extremely complex and chaotic neural network. He gets all fired up about loops, but hardly se ...more
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