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A modern-day Confessions of Saint Augustine, The Seven Storey Mountain is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. This edition contains an introduction by Merton's editor, Robert Giroux, and a note to the reader by biographer William H. Shannon. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders--the Trappist monks. At the Abbey of Gethsemani, "the four walls of my new freedom," Thomas Merton struggles to withdraw from the world, but only after he has fully immersed himself in it. The Seven Storey Mountain has been a favorite of readers ranging from Graham Greene to Claire Booth Luce, Eldridge Cleaver, and Frank McCourt. And, in the half-century since its original publication, this timeless spiritual tome has been published in over twenty languages and has touched millions of lives.
From Grave Sinner to Great Saint
The Seven Storey Mountain is a classic autobiography about a man steeped in sin, who finds himself called to faith, the Catholic Church, and the priesthood right in the midst of his immortal activities and lifestyle is a story of hope. No matter how far off course we get, God can still reach us, always loves us, and invites us back to him.
It’s almost comical to consider the circumstances of Merton’s call to return to God and the Church. After a night of his usual drinking, smoking, and women, he feels drawn to the Church and receives an invitation to the vocation of priesthood which he remarkably has the grace and wisdom to accept and even ask God for in prayer. The seeds of such contemplation were planted long before, but so much of his life he lived satisfying his desires for pleasure.
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