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Entering the Silence: 1941-52 - Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer v. 2 (The Journals of Thomas Merton) Paperback – 24 Sep 2014
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This second volume of Merton's journals covers his first experiences of monastic life at the Abbey of Gethsemani - silence, chanting, farm work, the politics of life within a community of monks - and the productive early years of his writing career.
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The second volume of Thomas Merton's 'gutsy, passionate journals' (Thomas Moore) chronicles Merton's advancement to priesthood and emergence as a best-selling author with the surprise success of his autobiography, 'The Seven Storey Mountain'. Spanning an eleven-year period, 'Entering the Silence' reflects Merton's struggle to balance his vocation to solitude with the budding literary career that would soon establish him as one of the most important spiritual writers of our century.
Was a trappist monk, spiritual master, writer and peace activist. His spiritual classics include 'New Seeds of Contemplation', 'The sign of Jonas,' and 'Zen Masters'.
writes and lectures extensively on Thomas Merton and is an advisor to the 'Merton Seasonal Review'
PRAISE FOR THE JOURNALS OF THOMAS MERTON
"Delightful … Brilliant social, political and personal commentaries."
'New York Times Book Review'
"A rich introduction to [Merton's] vivid imagination."
"When all the journals are published, it is likely that they will take place with the famous journals of Henry David Thoreau, G.M. Hopkins, Edmund Wilson, and perhaps be seen as an American version of St. Augustine's 'Confessions'"
'Catholic News Service'
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