Run to the Mountain: The Story of a Vocationthe Journal of Thomas Merton, Volume 1: 1939-1941
  • Run to the Mountain: The Story of a Vocationthe Journal of Thomas Merton, Volume 1: 1939-1941
  • Run to the Mountain: The Story of a Vocationthe Journal of Thomas Merton, Volume 1: 1939-1941
ISBN: 0060654759
EAN13: 9780060654757
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 3, 2016
Pages: 512
Dimensions: 1.26" H x 7.87" L x 5.28" W
Weight: 1.19 lbs.
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When Thomas Merton died accidentally in Bangkok in 1968, the beloved Trappist monk's will specified that his personal diaries not be published for 25 years -- presumably because they contained his uncensored thoughts and feelings. Now, a quarter of a century has passed since Merton's death, and the journals are the last major piece of writing to appear by the 20th century's most important spiritual writer.

The first of seven volumes, Run to the Mountain offers an intimate glimpse at the inner life of a young, pre-monastic Merton. Here readers will witness the insatiably curious graduate student in New York's Greenwich Village give way to the tentative spiritual seeker and brilliant writer. Merton playfully lists everything from his favorite lines of poetry and songs to the things he most loves and hates.

Thomas Merton was an inveterate diarist; his journals offer a complete and candid look at the rich transformations of his adult life. As Brother Patrick Hart, general editor of the series notes, Perhaps his best writing can be found in the journals, where he was expressing what was deepest in his heart with no thought of censorship. With their publication we will have as complete a picture of Thomas Merton as we can hope to have.

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   The Breadth of Sanctity
To read the journals if Thomas Merton is to be brought face-to-face with the fact that following God not only deepens our lives, but also broadens them. As we come to know the God of Life, we find ourselves interested in all sorts of things. Merton is alive to life and shines in his journals whether he is writing a book, recording impressions of a trip, wrestling with a decision or reviewing a prayer.
 
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   A book for your soul.
It allows you to enter the mind of a great man whose vocation is clear. This is a book for your soul.
 
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   Seeds of a great spiritual writer
This volume helps one to see who was the man with his strengths as well as his imperfections who would become one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century.
 
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   A swell book as Merton might say.
After reading a selection of them in a few books, I ordered the Merton journals. One was Thomas Merton, his life from his journals, and the other was A year with The Intimate Merton. The Intimate Merton especially gave a biography through journal entries. I wanted to start more deeply into his experiences, he recorded in his journals and moved with Volume One. His first journal entries in Run to the Mountain give his early thoughts and feelings. Of these, some are captured in his autobiography. It was interesting to see a closer picture of this man as he moves towards his vocation.
 
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   Disappointing
Mostly pretentious and entirely boring. I am a Merton fan in general, but this volume contains very little of his future contemplative writing for which he is known.
 
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   Journal before entry into monastery.
It is a magazine, not a high-quality book, published after his death. At times it is interesting and at times it is tedious. In 1940, his visit to Cuba was particularly interesting.
 
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