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Publisher's Summary

This is Merton at his best, applying ancient wisdom to the longings of our age through thoughtful commentary on Scripture and writers of the Western spiritual tradition. This book distills Merton's own reading and long experience with contemplation.

©1969 The Merton Legacy Trust (P)2007 St. Anthony Messenger Press

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Another beauty by one of my favorite authors

Balanced, clear advice on one's prayer life. Though aimed at monastics, it's very useful for us plain old folk.

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Good for relaxing, pondering.

I listen to books at night to fall asleep to. This was nice for that. Made me feel calm.

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Still classic

A beautiful and deeply realized reflection on the contemplate life of prayer. The last chapter is missing from the audio book.

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Dark and light with Thomas Merton

a beautiful, memorable book, the narrator delivers it well. I often thought paragraphs were as powerful as were chapters, so even struggling listeners will reach the bright light and not be left alone for long.

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Possibly his best writing

I've read a handful of Mertons books; this feels like one of his deepest in spirit. I listen to Audible books driving but will likely buy this title in print. You will want to take this one slowly and repeat key passages.

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A very sobering and cleansing lecture

Hard hitting and relentless exposure of how contemplation can become a trap for the unprepared. Tough reading for sure, but what's the point of living in illusion?

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