THE SIGN OF JONAS by Thomas Merton


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The Merton name is sure passport to sales, but it is important to know just what this new book is as distinguished from The Seven Storey Mountain which was autobiography, a record of a man of the world who became a Trappist monk, from The Ascent to Truth, which was a study of mysticism, and from The Waters of Siloe, which was a study of the Cistercian Order. For here is the diary of ""Father Louis"", the name Merton has taken, of the daily life, the injection of the outside world through his writings, and the almost undeviating search for silence and the contemplative life devoted to God. One gets intimations of spiritual struggle, but little expansion of it. One learns that writing as a way of life, a contribution to saintliness, has been imposed from above, through those in control at the Abbey, as his role in the discipline of obedience. This is to some extent further spiritual experience, but chiefly in growing absorption and acceptance rather than struggle. Its appeal will be largely to those of his faith.

ISBN: 015602800X
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace