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No Man Is an Island | [Thomas Merton]

No Man Is an Island

>No Man Is an Island is a collection of 16 essays in which Thomas Merton plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton treats the “basic verities on which the spiritual life depends”. Essay themes include hope, conscience, sacrifice, charity, sincerity, mercy, and silence. The work is threaded through with Merton’s deep awareness that we are all called to “live not for ourselves but for others”.
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Publisher's Summary

No Man Is an Island is a collection of 16 essays in which Thomas Merton plumbs aspects of human spirituality. Merton treats the “basic verities on which the spiritual life depends”. Essay themes include hope, conscience, sacrifice, charity, sincerity, mercy, and silence. The work is threaded through with Merton’s deep awareness that we are all called to “live not for ourselves but for others”. The first essay, “Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Away”, is a spiritual classic.

©1983 The Merton Legacy Trust (P)2007 St. Anthony Messenger Press

What the Critics Say

"A stimulating series of spiritual reflections which will prove helpful for all struggling to find the meaning of human existence and to live the richest, fullest, and noblest life." (Chicago Tribune)

"Merton wrote of ageless spiritual life and religious devotion with the knowledge of a modern." (The New York Times)

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    Neil Babcox 03-12-10
    Neil Babcox 03-12-10 Member Since 2007
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    "A Gem of a Book"

    I discovered Thomas Merton when I came upon Seeds of Contemplation while browsing in the stacks of a Library during the early years of my spiritual journey. He has been a spiritual companion and guide ever since. No Man is an Island is the sequel to Seeds of Contemplation. The titles of the reflections will give you a good taste of the content:
    1. Love Can Only Be Kept By Being Given Away
    2. Sentences On Hope
    3. Conscience, Freedom and Prayer
    4. Pure Intention
    5. The Word of the Cross
    6. Asceticism and Sacrifice
    7. Being and Doing
    8. Vocation
    9. The Measure of Charity
    10. Sincerity
    11. Mercy
    12. Recollection
    13. My Soul Remembered God
    14. The Wind Blows Where It Pleases
    15. The Inward Solitude
    16. Silence
    These are quite simply some of the most profound spiritual reflections I have ever read by any author from any period of history. Sentences On Hope is the finest exposition of the true meaning of hope, a subject of special interest to me, that I have ever read. The Word of the Cross is a stunning exposition of the meaning and use of suffering. The final chapter, Silence, is rapturous (I use the word advisedly). These reflections can be read and re-read. The sheer weight of the insight contained warrants many readings and many returns. The book is a gem.

    The narration is good.

    I have long wished Audible would offer for books of serious spiritual literature, especially from the Catholic Tradition. They seem to be moving in that direction. Thanks, Audible, for making such a fine volume available.

    40 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Tom United States 12-27-11
    Tom United States 12-27-11
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    "All You Need Is Love....."
    What three words best describe Jonathan Montaldo’s voice?

    Mellow to the point of relaxing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me believe even more


    Any additional comments?

    All you need is Love and a lot of faith!

    Thanks Thomas Merton!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Maplewood, NJ, United States 05-24-13
    James Maplewood, NJ, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy audio books and blogging.

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    "Generally good"
    Would you listen to No Man Is an Island again? Why?

    I would listen to parts of it. There were some great messages.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Man Is an Island?

    The parts about not becoming overly engrossed communing with God.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Montaldo – was your favorite?

    Saint Paul


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The messages about solitude and silence. That silence is something that is everywhere although it may be drowned out by other noises.


    Any additional comments?

    The Jesus references were very difficult to understand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-14-10
    Marie WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-14-10 Member Since 2010

    Professional librarian type, amateur historian.

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    "I really wanted to like this"

    This might be a better read than a listen. I found the narrator droning, so listen to the sample and if you find yourself nodding off, skip. While listening I did catch some gems but found it taxing to continue on.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    andrea Church Point, Louisiana, United States 02-13-14
    andrea Church Point, Louisiana, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great narrator for this content"
    Where does No Man Is an Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    No Man is an Island is a well-produced audio version of Thomas Merton's book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Many beautiful insights, but not the most moving of Merton's works.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt McKillip Kokomo, IN USA 03-25-13
    Matt McKillip Kokomo, IN USA 03-25-13 Listener Since 2009

    I read a lot and on most any subject!

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    "Ok story with bad, very bad narration"
    What did you like best about No Man Is an Island? What did you like least?

    A few of his examples of holiness - 3 chapters maybe


    Would you recommend No Man Is an Island to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The narration was terrible and it pulled too much info from other books. Had a few great chapters but mostly just ok chapters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Terrible - hard to stay awake.


    Do you think No Man Is an Island needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary South Burlington, VT, United States 12-06-12
    Mary South Burlington, VT, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Heavy Spirituality Stuff"
    Would you consider the audio edition of No Man Is an Island to be better than the print version?

    I am still working on this book. It is heady, and sometimes I think I am just not smart enough to understand or haven't the experience. As I go back to it, I find I do understand it. So I recommend that you read/listen to it in sections so that you can reflect on it.
    I am not a Catholic, but I am interested in the spiritual path. It is not as approachable as Richard Rohr, but still as enlightening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the topic, and I like the effort made to articulate the higher goals of my spiritual life and path.


    What about Jonathan Montaldo’s performance did you like?

    Yes, I liked the performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Documentary on Thomas Merton's Mediations


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Com Chicago, IL, United States 06-21-11
    D. Com Chicago, IL, United States 06-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "unprofessional reader"

    great book, unprofessional reader
    How does someone perform an audiobook who struggles with annunciation?
    He sounds like he needs to blow his nose.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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