Book Reviews of The Seven Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain
The Seven Storey Mountain
Author: Thomas Merton
ISBN-13: 9780156010863
ISBN-10: 0156010860
Publication Date: 10/4/1999
Pages: 467
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 16 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt
Book Type: Paperback
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An interesting but slow read- overabundant details about EVERYTHING!
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In 1941, a brilliant, good-looking young man decided to give up a promising literary career in New York to enter a monastery in Kentucky, from where he proceeded to become one of the most influential writers of this century. Talk about losing your life in order to find it. Thomas Merton's first book, The Seven Storey Mountain, describes his early doubts, his conversion to a Catholic faith of extreme certainty, and his decision to take life vows as a Trappist. Although his conversionary piety sometimes falls into sticky-sweet abstractions, Merton's autobiographical reflections are mostly wise, humble, and concrete. The best reason to read The Seven Storey Mountain, however, may be the one Merton provided in his introduction to its Japanese translation: "I seek to speak to you, in some way, as your own self. Who can tell what this may mean? I myself do not know, but if you listen, things will be said that are perhaps not written in this book. And this will be due not to me but to the One who lives and speaks in both." Michael Joseph Gross
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I read most or the book. He lead an extraordinary life and shared extraordinary thoughts about his conversion, ordination, and tempatations and contemplative life.
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Not an easy read but illuminating
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The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the greatest spiritual classics of our time. Here is an extraordinary testament of an intensely active and brilliant young man who decided to withdraw from the world only after he had fully immersed himself in it. At the age of 26 Thomas Merton entered a Trappist monastery.