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No Man Is an Island by Thomas Merton

Here, in one of his most popular of his more than thirty books, Thomas Merton provides further meditations on the spiritual life in sixteen thoughtful essays, beginning with his classic treatise Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away. This sequel to Seeds of Contemplation provides fresh insight into Mertons favorite topics of silence and solitude, while also underscoring the importance of community and the deep connectedness to others that is the inevitable basis of the spiritual life—whether one lives in solitude or in the midst of a crowd.
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I stumbled upon No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton at the thrift store, and as I flipped through it, I kept appreciating the excerpts I read — so I decided to buy it. It proved to be a worthwhile read. You can google Thomas Merton if you have no familiarity with him. The book is divided into chapters that focus on a particular topic, but within each chapter the thoughts are numbered. Perhaps this sounds choppy? But it was not, and I thought it helped the book flow.

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Thomas Merton — was an American Roman Catholic convert, writer, theologian and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews. Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith understanding. He pioneered dialogue with prominent Asian spiritual figures, including the Dalai Lama, the Japanese writer D. In the years since his death, Merton has been the subject of several biographies.

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