By meditating on personal examples from the author's life, as well as reflecting on the inspirational life and writings of Thomas Merton, stories from the Gospels, as well as the lives of other holy men and women (among them, Henri Nouwen, Therese of Lisieux, and Pope John XXIII), the listener will understand how becoming who you are, and becoming the person that God created, is a simple path to happiness, peace of mind and even sanctity.
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Although it was read a little slowly, I thought, the wisdow in this book is powerful. I was touched.
Father Martin's meditation on Thomas Merton helped me understand what Merton meant by the false self. It is the self we develop to hide our true self from friends, family and co-workers. It is the social self that attempts to appear hip, slick and cool when none of those things are true. The false self is a road block to finding who you truly are.
Becoming aware of your "true" and "false" is productive to your spiritual life.
The book was more on Fr. Martins life than it was Thomas Merton.
About the same.
John Tyler Gibson
This is an UNabridged version of this excellent, narrated by the Author, Fr. James Martin sj. Fr. Jim is the Curtural Editor of America magazine and I read his work regularly. His writing is nothing short of brilliant. So, I had very high expectations when I purchased this piece. I can honestly say that the audio book exceeded my expectations.
The expert interpretation or translation of Thomas Merton's writing and thinking. Fr. Martin provides is very enlightening even to an older person like me. I am a 73 year old retiree.
No other experience. But, if I discover any, I will acquire them immediately.
I intend to listen (and simultaneously read) a second time and in one sitting.
Intend to purchase all of Merton's work available in audiobooks.
Father James Martin, SJ has a tradition of writing sensible and sensitive literature.
Henri & Thomas would be (are?) pleased with this living reflection of who we are and what need to do about it. BE MORE! AMDG
This is a short but encouraging essay on the spiritual life. It's a meaningful introduction to the lives of Merton and Nouwen that will entice the reader to explore more deeply
I wasn't a huge fan of the book though some of the anecdotal messages on becoming your true self could be useful. I'm not fond of the author's theology though he does disclaim his theological expertise in the beginning of the book. I hoped that the book would have more biblical references to support his ideas on becoming your true self, but its just not there. I'll give it another listen because I could be wrong, but as it stands now I probably wouldn't recommend this book.
no really waste of time- nothing new here- scripture is helpful of course since it is the truth but author seems not to have a live struggling grasp of power of God- seems to say Jesus needed God for things instead of knowing Jesus needed Nothing- He is GOD.maybe author is catholic and not able to communicate the deep greek /hebrew texts hermanutically. was a chore to get through- hoping I could find a truth relative to the struggle of life- but NOT...
just voice tone not compelling enough to continue listening when life has soo many to do's
sorry to leave neg comment I am sure author is a wonderful person- just dont quit the day job- this was not a piece that was helpful to established learned Christian- maybe a new believer may benefit- its like there is not an original thought that is worth repeating.
"Helping to rekindle my Roman Catholic Faith"
Yes, it provided a number of points which allowed me to meditate/day dream/muse on. So much so, I have no doubt I will gain more from listening to it again as I have no doubt missed considerations.
The honesty. It shows how people who are far more intelligent, 'Holy' and greater humans than I were not always saints. They were human, they had faults and failings that emphasised the need to be kinder to ourselves and forgive ourselves.
There were many instances in the book that gave me much food for thought.
Five Stars for me as it was what I wanted/needed. I could see how if you did not want such information to meditate on, persons could mark it as 4 stars. If you want something to help focus your thought processes on trying to lead a good life according to the Christian Faith and would benefit from considering real people with real lives and real honest issues and how even the 'best and brightest' struggled with their spiritual lives throughout their lives, this is well worth considering. I took a lot from it. It points in many ways more to further questions than providing answers because we are all different.
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