My selection criteria was limited to the two shelves that have the grown ups books, but not the counseling books. I flipped a coin to decide which shelf and then threw the coin at the shelf. The book it hit was:
Unfortunately, I havent read that book. :( But two doors down is the one Thomas Merton book i have read, the one that got me to recommend him to my husband, who is the Merton reader around here.
I may be the only teenage girl in history to take Seven Story Mountain as a beach read on a high school spring break trip. Yeah, I was that kind of girl.
Its an autobiography of a life that spanned continents, religions and for someone who took a vocation of keeping to himself, he was very connected with many great thinkers of his time.
Thomas Merton is truly a fascinating person. Full of contradictions and a continuous arc of growth and discovery in his life. We have visited the Abbey of Gethsemane several times. A little oasis of quiet amidst the farms.
Maybe not a beach read, but definitely thought provoking and inspiring. Below is the famous prayer by Merton, from Thoughts in Solitude. (Hey, I have read that one too!)
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”― Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude