"The Seven Storey Mountain" by Thomas Merton

The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most famous books ever written about a man's search for faith and peace. While still in his early twenties, Merton, and intensely passionate and brilliant man, found that nothing in his worldly life assuaged a growing restlessness. His curiosity about spiritual matters led him first to baptism as a Catholic and ultimately to entry into a Trappist monastery--"the four walls of my new freedom." There he wrote this extraordinary testament, a unique spiritual autobiography of a man who withdrew from the world only after he had fully immersed himself in it. In the half-century since its original publication, The Seven Story Mountain has been recognized as one of the most influential religious works of our time. 


Thomas Merton was born in France in 1915. Despite choosing a life of contemplation and prayer, he continued to communicate with some of the most famous activists, politicians, and theologians of his day, and wrote many books, articles, and essays. He died during a visit to Thailand in 1968. 

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  • Martha B.

    Great discussion tonight. Really enjoyed all the different perspectives!

    1 · June 24

  • Blake

    The other book I was trying to remember was "American Shaolin" by Matthew Polly. The later edition includes an interesting afterword talking about his return to China after its economic boom and seeing how things changed in the intervening years.


    1 · June 24

  • Melinda W.

    Can't make it tonight, late meetings for a project.

    June 24

  • Courtney C.

    Work is going to be short handed all week, so I will be putting in extra hours. Sorry!

    June 22

  • Karen E.

    Afraid I'm gonna miss this one too - annual alumni dinner.

    1 · June 18

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