OverviewThomas Merton (1915–1968) was a Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, as well as a bestselling writer, poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. This posthumously published book is a collection of prefaces that Merton wrote for international editions of his books, which often give insight as he looks back with the advantage of hindsight. Merton suggests that the major message in his books is that "the contemplative life applies wherever there is life."
Author BiographyThomas Merton is arguably the most influential American Catholic author of the 20th century. He has written more than 60 books and hundreds of poems and articles on topics ranging from monastic spirituality to civil rights, nonviolence, and the nuclear arms race. Some of his most popular titles include New Seeds of Contemplation, No Man Is an Island, The Seven Storey Mountain, Thoughts in Solitude, and Way of Chuang Tzu.