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Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was a Trappist monk, spiritual director, political activist, social critic, and one of the most-read spiritual writers of the twentieth century. He is the author of many books, including The Seven Storey Mountain.
"'For me to be a saint means to be myself, ' wrote Thomas Merton. And for Merton, to be himself meant being not only a monk, but a writer as well. Few contemporary writers have pondered so deeply the idea of writing as a vocation. Fewer still have meditated on the complex interplay between writing and faith. In this marvelous collection of excerpts from Merton's books, essays, journals, and letters, readers will discover how a vocation, if fully embraced, can lead to both joy for oneself and joy for the world."--James Martin, SJ, Associate Editor, America, author of My Life with the Saints "Thomas Merton is one of the most widely read and influential authors of the twentieth century, yet no one was more conscious of the spiritual pitfalls that the writer may fall into or the limitations of language. Anyone drawn to the vocation of writing will be grateful to Robert Inchausti for gathering together in one volume what Merton has to say about being a writer."--Jim Forest, author of Living with Wisdom: A Biography of Thomas Merton