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Thomas Merton If what most people take for granted were really true — if all you needed to be happy was to grab everything and see everything and investigate every experience and then talk about it — I should have been a very happy person, a spiritual millionaire, from the cradle even until now … What a strange thing! In filling myself, I had emptied myself. In grasping things, I had lost everything. In devouring pleasures and joys, I had found distress and anguish and fear.

— Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain (New York: Harcourt, 1999)


The Seven Storey Mountain
by: Thomas Merton
publisher: Mariner Books, published: 1999-10-04
ASIN: 0156010860
EAN: 9780156010863
sales rank: 9973
price: $7.56 (new), $2.78 (used)

A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. This edition contains an introduction by Merton’s editor, Robert Giroux, and a note to the reader by biographer William H. Shannon. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders–the Trappist monks. At the Abbey of Gethsemani, “the four walls of my new freedom,” Thomas Merton struggles to withdraw from the world, but only after he has fully immersed himself in it. The Seven Storey Mountain has been a favorite of readers ranging from Graham Greene to Claire Booth Luce, Eldridge Cleaver, and Frank McCourt. And, in the half-century since its original publication, this timeless spiritual tome has been published in over twenty languages and has touched millions of lives.

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