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New Seeds of Contemplation

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  • ASIN: B0014UPQG8
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Format: Hardcover
Merton's New Seeds of Contemplation is one the most incredible books about what it takes to really live the Christian life. It is very good at explaining many different concepts (what is contemplation, Mary and women in general, the problems with society, etc) and Merton does this in a very authoritative and elegant style.
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.
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"To find love I must enter into the sanctuary where it is hidden, which is the mystery of God."

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Surprised there are no reviews for this. Suffice to say it's a modern classic of Christian spirituality, the only (relatively) recent book I've seen which can remotely be compared with the 'Imitiation of Christ'. The similarity lies in the fact that, though written from and about the monastic life, it is broad and deep enough to take in what Christianity means as a whole, and is applicable to anyone.

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.
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A beautiful little book.A book to take with you everywhere and open randomly, at any page,and read again and again; whenever you have time for time..
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.
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This is a lovely small gem of a book full of inspiring reflection. It has become one of my favourites. I admit that I was intially a little reluctant to approach it expecting it to be "yet another dry religious Catholic book". Yet I was foolish in my prejudice. Whether you are a Christian, or a Buddhist, or even an atheist, there is something here for you. Thomas Merton has clearly broken through most of his partisan fetters and glass ceilings and speaks not from his intellect but from a transcended intellect. His words reflect an open heart and a clear mind. He communes rather than communicates. We may not agree with the 'letter' of his more 'Catholic' positions (eg the role and importance of Lady Mary in the scheme of things) but we will surely agree with the 'spirit' behind the words.

Thomas Merton deserves his reputation as one of the greatest spiritual writers of the Twentieth Century.
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Brilliant book

“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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I am a voracious Thomas Merton fan and I think that this is one of his best. I have read it before and bought this for a friend
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Excellent book, Merton at his communication best. A good book which explored the depths of contemplation and which contains much encouragement.
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