Dancing in the Water of Life (The Journals of Thomas Merton #5) (Paperback)
Other Books in Series
This is book number 5 in the The Journals of Thomas Merton series.
- #1: Run to the Mountain: The Story of a VocationThe Journal of Thomas Merton, Volume 1: 1939-1941 (The Journals of Thomas Merton #1) (Paperback): $17.99
- #2: Entering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and a Writer (The Journals of Thomas Merton #2) (Paperback): $17.99
- #3: A Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True LifeThe Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3: 1952-1960 (Paperback): $17.99
- #4: Turning Toward the World: The Pivotal Years; The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 4: 1960-1963 (Paperback): $18.99
- #7: The Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey (The Journals of Thomas Merton #7) (Paperback): $16.99
The sixties were a time of restlessness, inner turmoil, and exuberance for Merton during which he closely followed the careening development of political and social activism – Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic Worker Movement, the Vietnam war, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Volume 5 chronicles the approach of Merton’s fiftieth birthday and marks his move to Mount Olivet, his hermitage at the Abbey of Gethsemani, where he was finally able to fully embrace the joys and challenges of solitary life: ‘In the hermitage, one must pray of go to seed. The pretense of prayer will not suffice. Just sitting will not suffice . . . Solitude puts you with your back to the wall (or your face to it!), and this is good’ (13 October, 1964).
About the Author
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is widely regarded as one of the most influential spiritual writers of modern times. He was a Trappist monk, writer, and peace and civil rights activist. His bestselling books include The Seven-Storey Mountain, New Seeds of Contemplation, and Mystics and Zen Masters.