Dialogues with Silence: Prayers and Drawings

Dialogues with Silence Prayers and Drawings The Private MertonThis intensely personal book from the ultimate spiritual writer of our time shows his contemplative and devotional side through his prayers and rarely seen drawings Capturing the qui

  • Title: Dialogues with Silence: Prayers and Drawings
  • Author: Thomas Merton Jonathan Montaldo
  • ISBN: 9780060656034
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Private MertonThis intensely personal book from the ultimate spiritual writer of our time shows his contemplative and devotional side through his prayers and rarely seen drawings Capturing the quiet epiphanies in the life of a Trappist monk who was a celebrated writer and activist, this volume offers a glimpse into a lesser known side of this timeless explorer of theThe Private MertonThis intensely personal book from the ultimate spiritual writer of our time shows his contemplative and devotional side through his prayers and rarely seen drawings Capturing the quiet epiphanies in the life of a Trappist monk who was a celebrated writer and activist, this volume offers a glimpse into a lesser known side of this timeless explorer of the life of the soul.

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    1. This is a wonderful little book of prayers and drawings by Thomas Merton, written and drawn during his time as a Trappist monk. The last few pages have a Zen bent, which characterized his later years. It's the kind of book you can always pick up and find something inspiring in, no matter what page you turn to.

    2. Reviewing this collection of poems and drawings seem unfair and presumptuous. Each is to be savored, reflected upon, and ultimately rejected for the silence he longed for that can just be heard between these pages.

    3. The important point with this book is to not rush through it. One could read it over the course of a few hours, but to really take in the prayers and writings of Merton takes time.I was surprised by how some of the writings challenged me in my own spiritual life. I thought I would connect with Merton very easily, but to relate to his search for silence and emptiness was more of a struggle for me.

    4. This book is really beautiful. I read it much too quickly! This is definitely one to be savored on the next read.

    5. Thomas Merton's prayers and artworks are poetry for the spirit and the soul. The tension between Merton's intellectual life and his spiritual longing is always present, and it really resonates with me. Everyone looking for a dose of the mystical should open up this book.

    6. Dialogues with Silence: Prayers & Drawings by Thomas Merton is my Good Friday present this year. I was nineteen strutting into another English Lit class at university, shrugging a laptop bag over my shoulder and hoping my mascara hadn't run from my sweaty jog across campus. Professor Lynn Szabo sat with ankles crossed, knees together and hands primly folded in her lap. Her hair was coiffed with an eloquence matched by her stout red lipstick and eager, authoritative voice. My first Creative W [...]

    7. The first Merton book I've read from cover to cover. I've been wanting to read him for ages, since so many books I love are sprinkled with quotations from his work. And I recently went to visit the monastery where he lived in Kentucky (which was actually where I bought this book). The illustrations here are simple, lovely, and true--ditto the prayers. One reviewer commented that she liked the later prayers better, and I did too--they seem to become more mysterious, more paradoxical and startling [...]

    8. Really somewhere between a 3 and a 4.Beautiful and lovely as always, as is Thomas Merton.While so much of his entries deal with his early walk as a Trappist, so much deals with just our longing to serve God, to be at one accord with Him, and to feel so unworthy even of our longing. The drawings are simple and beautiful. My only gripe, really with the editing, while I am not Román Catholic and therefore view the Virgin Mary through a different lens. They took all the prayers or entries for her a [...]

    9. From Powell Books: "An intensely personal devotional book from Thomas Merton, the ultimate spiritual writer of our time, showing his contemplative and religious side through his prayers and rarely-seen drawings. The only Merton gift book available.Dialogues with Silence contains a selection of prayers from throughout Merton's life--from his journals, letters, poetry, books--accompanied by all 100 of Merton's rarely seen, delightful Zen-like pen-and-ink drawings, and will attract new readers as w [...]

    10. At times when I didn't know what to pray, this book had the words to help me pray. At times when I needed to reflect, this book helped me to reflect on words and pictures to remind me of the beauty of God. God is so creative, and it's amazing how this small collection has helped me. My favourite picture is of Mary holding baby Jesus in this book meaningful! Learning from a modern Catholic Saint devoted to Christ was amazing.

    11. There are some really insightful and soul-searching parts of this book. It didn't carry it through to the end for me (maybe I just didn't identify with the last 1/3 of the book as easily) but I enjoyed it. Given a choice, I prefer Henri Nouwen's "Inner Voice of Love" as a journal of his spiritual struggle.

    12. Merton is one of my favorite spiritual writers. This is a collection of very candid, beautiful, and revealing prayers. I tried to make it my morning devotional for a time, but found myself turning pages too quickly for that. Glad I own this one.

    13. A fantastic companion for prayer and contemplation! The images and writings of Merton are fantastic prayer material. He has a way with words that cuts to the deepest human desires and emotions. It also reveals a lot of who Merton was interiorly.

    14. Beautiful piece of writing and a good job of editing. There were passages that I have read for days in a row. Whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Jew, or Athiest there is something for you go gain from his words, his passion, and his commitment.

    15. Good book, but difficult to read. Often I felt like the prayers were taken a bit out of context. It was interesting to watch the style change across the book. Some of the best prayers were towards the end of the book.

    16. Always interesting to see what people cherry pick from Thomas Merton. Very good book - although I still think Merton needs to be read in the context of his own voice, rather than quoted in this manner.

    17. I can't find my copy of it but there's a passage that's haunting me because I can't remember it right. I'll have to find it fast or I'm gonna go nuts

    18. Merton has an honesty that is incredibly refreshing. His prayers reflect an uncommon wisdom and openness.

    19. Nice quick little read. It's good to get in the mind of one who spends so much time steeped in the monastic life.

    20. This is a wonderful example of the ultimate spiritual writer and combines the contemplative and devotional through drawings and written prayers. The joys of silence in the spiritual path.

    21. There is much of his intense personal devotion to God that resonated with me, but since I am not Catholic, the prayers to Mary, saints, and others were not so meaningful.

    22. Beautiful and simple. This book of prayers with Merton's sketches is a delight to read in the early quiet morning moments.

    23. Si pudiera darle seis estrellas, seis le daba. Los dibujos son estupendos y los textos entrañables. Un muy buen approach a T. Merton

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