Monday, May 2, 2016

Contemplative Prayer, by Thomas Merton

Contemplative Prayer, by Thomas Merton, is far more focused on the monastic life then some of his other works, therefore this book has less of any appeal (for me).  To give Merton credit, he does say that this work is a book by a monk for monks, but he believes that just as some books written by psychologists for other psychologists benefit non-professional readers, so too will his book.

Perhaps, but the “professional” orientation of this book is very strong.  I practice and have read many books on contemplation, and I can say with some confidence that this is not a book for general audiences, but for Christian monks.

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