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The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton (1999-10-04)

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Original name book: The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton (1999-10-04)

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Publisher: Mariner Books (1886)


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  • By Jonathan Hogan Author on May 21, 2017

    I first learned of Thomas Merton from two of my favorite authors, Brennan Manning and Henri Nouwen. After reading so many works by these established authors, I began to be interested in learning more about those that influenced them. Merton is one of those writers who speaks to the mystical tradition and feels passionately about the Love of God. I can see why many of the "Love" authors refer to him in their writings. The seven story mountain is less a teaching book and more a record of events leading up to his joining a Trappist monastery. This book has value for someone who likes to read different stories of people coming to know the Lord Jesus. Someone who is just beginning their spiritual journey to know Christ, may see something of themselves in the life of Merton. His questions are some of the same questions many ask when beginning their spiritual quest. The book is painfully slow at times but can be read and then set aside for a while. I am not a fan of all the catholic theology but could look beyond the differing views to the heart of what is being said. If you are looking for some of the primary teachings of Merton, I wouldn't read this book. This book is more for those who wish to learn about his personal development. It is also more of a history book for the early half of the 20th century. There are interesting events taking place throughout the story that shed some light on the last 100 years. If you are looking for an introductory book to his teachings, I would suggest reading "No Man Is An Island."

  • By Eleanor Capper on June 18, 2017

    I have read this book several times before, under the title of "Elected Silence" which was the first title given when it was published in Britain. I had an old copy and it made a deep impression on me. I have just gained a new copy of the book under the title of "The Seven Storey Mountain" I belong to the Thoms Merton International Chapter in Christchurch, New Zealand, and we have a number of books to lend out at our meetings. People, I meet, want to read this autobiography which still makes an impact. today, just as it did when it was first published.I recommend it to any one who is searching for belief in God because, for Merton, it was an intellectual conversion, and, for many, that makes more sense in today's complex society.

  • By landon on November 3, 2014

    The Seven Story Mountain follows the life of Thomas Merton from his hectic life as a child, from indulging in worldly pleasures while studying at Cambridge, and leading to being ordained as a monk in one of the strictest monasteries of his time. Thomas Merton explicitly explains every detail of his life allowing the reader to become totally immersed in his world. Though Merton I feel expounds on mundane details at times, his writing overall was very descriptive and exciting to read. I found this book fascinating not only because his life was so interesting and rich, but also because it is sprinkled with wisdom throughout. One heartwarming moment that i recall on pg 63 is when Merton was being cared for by another family for a short time and learns what unconditional love is. He explains his stay with them by saying: "The more I think of them, the more I realize that I must certainly owe the Privats for more than butter and milk and good nourishing food for my body. I am indebted to them for much more than the kindness and care they showed me, the goodness and the delicate solicitude with which they treated me as their own child, yet without any assertive or natural familiarity.That was why I was glad of the love the Privats showed me, and was ready to love them in return. It did not burn you, it did not hold you, it did not try to imprison you in demonstrations, or trap your feet in the snares of its interest."Another nugget of wisdom that I found useful was when Thomas Merton explains life by saying "What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous."The Seven Story Mountain is a fantastic book to read for anyone who is trying to find meaning and purpose in life. Merton tells us of how his quest to find meaning through worldly pleasures, and everything else under the sun, to which he later dismisses as meaningless. I believe that anyone searching for not only God but also a religion to follow could benefit from reading this because you will find the you are not alone and you will be able to relate to Merton's own struggles. This is definitely a book to read slowly and reflect on; and it is still engrossing when it rests at 467 pages!When all is said and done The Seven Story Mountain is an inspirational and comforting story of Thomas Merton the man painstakingly converting into Thomas Merton the monk. You will laugh, you will be happy, you will be sad, you will feel pain, you will feel empathy and you will grow. The Seven Story Mountain is truly an adventure to embark no matter what your faith.

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