The Seven Storey Mountain is the extraordinary spiritual testament of Thomas Merton (1915-1968), a man who experienced life to its fullest in the world before entering a Trappist monastery. By the end of his life, he had become one of the 20th century's best-known and beloved Christian voices. This autobiography deals...not with what happens to a man, but what happens inside his soul.
Public Domain ©1999 Thomas Merton; (P)2009 Phoenix
Overall a good story but the reading kept putting me to sleep. Also the audio quality had some kind of hissing in the back ground.
I would read this rather than listen to it.
Unless you want only the cliff notes of Merton's story and development of his ideas, this audio version is a waste of your time. I have the book (have not read it) and hoped this would cover it, but it doesn't. Feel cheated. Abridged obviously suggests that some portions are omitted, but it feels like more than 50% of the book is omitted although I have not done a detailed assessment to say the omission is closer to 25 or 75%, but a quick at the final chapters suggests its at least 50%.
There are some passages in this book that took my breath away. I listened several times to the very compelling story of Thomas Merton's life and faith journey. I know I will listen again.
Thirst for truth
A sense of what the author's emotional state was for vignettes in the book.
Very well written abridged edition of Merton's life. Read well and catches your attention. I recommend to anyone interested in Merton.
I think this is an important book for many people searching for Truth. Not just satiation but the true joy that can only come from the full internal understanding of the Truth. It speaks from a position that isn't drawn from brith to be indoctrinated into a way of thinking. Rather Thomas comes from an unlikely background. The intellectual community that for the most part seeks to discredit the immaterial as being non-existent.
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