By Thomas Merton

A modern day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is without doubt one of the so much influential spiritual works of the 20 th century. This version comprises an advent via Merton's editor, Robert Giroux, and a be aware to the reader by means of biographer William H. Shannon. It tells of the transforming into restlessness of an excellent and passionate younger guy whose look for peace and religion leads him, on the age of twenty-six, to take vows in a single of the main difficult Catholic orders--the Trappist priests. on the Abbey of Gethsemani, "the 4 partitions of my new freedom," Thomas Merton struggles to withdraw from the area, yet in basic terms after he has absolutely immersed himself in it. The Seven Storey Mountain has been a favourite of readers starting from Graham Greene to Claire sales space Luce, Eldridge Cleaver, and Frank McCourt. on the grounds that its unique ebook this undying non secular tome has been released in over twenty languages and has touched thousands of lives.

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