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Thomas Merton by Jon M. Sweeney
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Thomas Merton

An Introduction to His Life, Teachings, and Practices

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Narrator Jon M. Sweeney
Length 3 hours 38 minutes
Language English
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An introduction to the spiritual legacy of Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk and one of the most influential spiritual figures of the 20th century. His writing on contemplation, monastic life, mysticism, poetry, and social issues have influenced generations and his legacy of interfaith understanding and social justice endures to this day. Thomas Merton: An Introduction to His Life, Teachings, and Practices offers an exploration of Merton as a monk, as a writer, and as a human being. Author Jon M. Sweeney delves into Merton’s life and ideas with an appreciation for his work and a deep understanding of the spiritual depth that it contains.

Thomas Merton offers a unique view of the popular and sometimes controversial monk, braiding together his thoughts and practices with the reality of his life to create a full portrait of a pivotal figure. The Merton revealed in its pages is a source of inspiration and insight for those wrestling with questions of faith and spirituality.

At its core, the book is about the search for wholeness―a search Merton undertook himself throughout his lifetime and one readers can also embark on as they draw inspiration and guidance from his life.

Jon M. Sweeney is an award-winning author who has been interviewed in print by a range of publications, from the Dallas Morning News to The Irish Catholic, and on television for CBS Saturday Morning, among many other programs.

His book, The Pope Who Quit, was optioned by HBO. He’s also the author of forty other books, including a new biography, Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Catechist, SaintThe Complete Francis of AssisiInventing HellThomas Merton: An Introduction to His Life and Practices; and The Pope’s Cat series of books for children. Jon recently edited and presented two collections of the lectures of Thomas Merton, including A Course in Christian Mysticism, as well as several volumes of Meister Eckhart poems (coauthored with Mark S. Burrows), including Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart, which has been translated and published in several other languages.

In the late 1990s, Jon cofounded a multifaith publishing house, SkyLight Paths Publishing, in Vermont. Today, he still works in books, and he speaks regularly at literary and religious conferences. He is a Catholic married to a rabbi, and their interfaith marriage has been profiled in national media. Jon is active on social media (Twitter @jonmsweeney; Facebook jonmsweeney) and lives in Milwaukee.

JON M. SWEENEY is an independent scholar and a respected writer. A biographer of St. Francis and translator of his writings, Sweeney’s books on Franciscan subjects have sold 200,000 copies. He’s the author of over thirty books including The Pope Who Quit, which was optioned by HBO. Sweeney is editor in chief and publisher of Paraclete Press. He’s appeared on CBS Saturday Morning and numerous other programs. Jon is married to Rabbi Michal Woll, the father of four, and lives in Milwaukee.

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