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  • Paperback
  • 226 pages
  • Living With Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton
  • Jim Forest
  • English
  • 12 May 2018
  • 9780883447550

10 thoughts on “Living With Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton

  1. says:

    An enlightening and inspiring read, with a lot of pictures of Thomas Merton that I ve never seen before Highly recommended, but I d read some of Merton in his own words first, beginning with The Seven Storey Mountain This short biograp...


  2. says:

    Well written, thoughtful, and so many wonderful photos.


  3. says:

    While I didn t always agree with the book s subject, Forest s biography of Thomas Merton was a compelling combination of quotes from Merton s publications and the socio political backdrop of the 1940s 60s I found myself comparing the culture of protest, distrust in institutions, and disillusionment with capitalism and capitalist outcomes with the current environment in America and today we don t even have the threat of nuclear holocaust hanging over our heads or at least the possibility is remote In such a partisan environment where stakes are high, is there a place for thinkers philosophers in the world in addition to activists Merton makes the case repeatedly through his life and writing that the answer is yes, and without solid moral spiritual grounding, even well meaning activism can sharpen divisions between people and thus fail to create a lasting peace Personally, Merton was an odd character, oscillating between a desire to cultivate a broad network of thinkers and to further and further physically isolate himself from others He frequently wrote critically of himself, and from the age of 26 50 was essentially OK with having the abbot of Gethsemani act as his surrogate parent and wield authority over his major life decisions While after reading I still can t agree that Merton s talents were best utilized in a monastery, his philosophy was read and respected by prominent spi...


  4. says:

    I ve read about and been fascinated with Thomas Merton for years but have never read any of his collections I decided to start with a book about Thomas Merton because I have gotten so much out of other books by Jim Forest I am so glad I did From the various Merton excerpts included in the book I concluded that Merton is probably too poetic for me to understand him directly Jim...


  5. says:

    Beautiful bio, marvelous photos on the fascinating, flawed, and funny Merton, poignant is the mature monk s falling in love with a nurse Note the many threads that connect Merton with Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg Columbia University, Mark Van Doren, Robert Giroux, William Blake, St John of the Cross, Zen My writing work is my hermitage writing that helps me most of all to be a solitary and a contemplative p 100 Other people s bad books get published, he noted in his journal Why can t my bad book get published p 59.About Mark Van Doren, You found yourself saying excellent things that you did not know you knew, and that you had not, in fact, known before He had educed them from you by his question His classes were literally education they brought things out...


  6. says:

    My introduction to Thomas Merton Will read The Seven Storey Mountain next.


  7. says:

    well written and thoughtful, this book inspires personal reflection as well as offers insights into Merton s life.


  8. says:

    Continuing my Lenten reading even though Lent is long past, I enjoyed this short biography Of Merton than I did Mott s longer one,


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About the Author: Jim Forest

Jim Forest is a writer, Orthodox Christian lay theologian, educator, and peace activist As a young man, Jim served in the U.S Navy, working with a meteorology unit at the U.S Weather Bureau headquarters near Washington, D.C It was during this period that he became a Catholic After leaving the Navy, Jim joined the staff of the Catholic Worker community in Manhattan, working close with the foun