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Silent lamp : the Thomas Merton story

Author: William Henry Shannon
Publisher: New York : Crossroad, 1992.
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William H. Shannon shares his intimate knowledge and unique insights in this new and exciting biography of the monk whose own autobiography became a bestseller much to his chagrin. Silent Lamp is the name given to Merton two years before he died by the Chinese philosopher John Wu--and a perfect metaphor for the healing light that still spreads from his life and work to people everywhere. Silent Lamp is a reflective
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Shannon, William Henry, 1917-
Silent lamp.
New York : Crossroad, 1992
(OCoLC)608168267
Named Person: Thomas Merton; Thomas Merton; Thomas Merton
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Henry Shannon
ISBN: 0824511662 9780824511661
OCLC Number: 24952223
Description: xvi, 304 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Thomas Merton's gifts --
The French years, 1925-1928 --
Oakham school, 1929-1932 --
Clare college, Cambridge, 1933-1934 --
Columbia university, 1935-1940 --
St. Bonaventure university, 1940-1941 --
Gethsemani: the gift of writing --
Gethsemani: the gift of the monastic vocation --
Gethsemani: the gift of faith --
Return to the world, 1958 --
The year of the cold war letters, October 1961-October 1962 --
The struggle for racial equality --
Monastic renewal --
Religions of the world --
Thomas Merton, a free spirit.
Responsibility: William H. Shannon.

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William H. Shannon shares his intimate knowledge and unique insights in this new and exciting biography of the monk whose own autobiography became a bestseller much to his chagrin. Silent Lamp is the name given to Merton two years before he died by the Chinese philosopher John Wu--and a perfect metaphor for the healing light that still spreads from his life and work to people everywhere. Silent Lamp is a reflective biography: it illuminates Merton's inner life and.

thoroughly chronicles his outer journey, telling the story in terms of the significant events and experiences that shaped his spiritual path. It sheds new light on the principal themes that Merton developed as a writer and teacher, from the renewal of monastic life to the poetry of Latin America, from the demands of interracial justice to the teachings of the Sufi masters. As the author puts it, "This book attempts to look at the inner journey which alone gives meaning.

to the exterior one. I want to put the picture in the frame." More than any other book on Thomas Merton, Silent Lamp achieves that goal.

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