New Seeds of Contemplation
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Merton also makes one think about the issues he discusses, and he is very persuasive in his arguments.
This book is one that should be read by everyone, although obviously it won't be (imagine Dawkins picking this up!). It really explains what Christianity is all about, and it shows you how all parts of your life matter supremely.
It sounds easy yet it can take lifetimes for the human being-soul to accomplish this task. This a is small book with a great content. In thirty nine short chapters Thomas Merton presents an important content to ponder over. It is a cliché but I say it anyhow: the text is indeed a food for (y)our soul. You need not to adhere to the Christian faith in order to mine the gold nuggets hidden in Merton's words because he speaks a universal language. The ponderings can offer consolation when we face hard times. The aim of this book is not to foster holy men but whole men and women with integrity, people able to live in love and appreciation of each other, recognizing the magnificence of Life Itself.
Chapter seventeen is called Hell as Hatred and it is a useful reading in the face of violence and terror we humans constantly impose on our brothers, no matter which side of any conflict we choose. The point is, there is no side to choose, because as chapter one states: We Are One Man.
The Root of War is Fear (Chapter sixteen- among others) looks at the mechanism of psychological projection and states the obvious fact, yet an unconscious behavior, namely, we ease ourselves from our guilt by passing it onto somebody else. We see the bad in others in order to feel better about ourselves.
What is guilt after all? It is a deep silently gnawing feeling of inadequacy when we constantly find faults with ourselves instead of seeing our own perceived limitations as steps for our evolution. Merton examines faith and discusses how it can help us. Faith is a communion with God, not a false statement about God.Read more ›
It is a book mainly about general principles, not a detailed manual of contemplation. As such it is very wise and insightful - one of those books which puts your own vague thoughts into clearer, more compelling form. It does not argue for the tenets of the Church or monasticism (less still against them), but offers a new way to understand them.
I should mention I read a different edition to the one available here.
If you find prayer difficult,to read this book is prayer in itself, as your heart moves in tune with the profound reflections of this deeply spiritual man.
Thomas Merton deserves his reputation as one of the greatest spiritual writers of the Twentieth Century.
“Do not look for rest in any pleasure, because you were not created for pleasure: you were created for spiritual joy. And if you do not know the difference between pleasure and spiritual joy you have not yet begun to live.”
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An interesting book, Merton is well worth reading, although his language is dated in the sexist sense. Read morePublished 3 days ago by ARP
Almost every page was underlined, yet it was reviewed as "good condition!" I call it extremely poor condition.Published 9 months ago by Rm O'Beney
I agree with Francine du Plessix "one of the great spiritual classics of our century." (New Republic) 'New Seeds of Contemplation' has redirected me along the narrow path.Published 13 months ago by chris
I was disappointed ...contacted the bookseller and the matter was resolved immediately....Published 13 months ago by PollyD
Typical Merton. challenging and demanding! Passages of wonderful insight. Angela MorrisPublished 16 months ago by Angela Morris