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Monasticism

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  • Run to the Mountainby Thomas Merton

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 14.99

    When Thomas Merton died accidentally in Bangkok in 1968, the beloved Trappist monk's will specified that his personal diaries not be published for 25 years -- presumably because they contained his uncensored thoughts and feelings. Now, a quarter of a century has passed since Merton's death, and the journals are the last major piece of writing to appear... more...

  • Entering the Silenceby Thomas Merton

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 14.99

    The second volume of Thomas Merton's "gusty, passionate journals" (Thomas Moore) chronicles Merton's advancements to priesthood and emergence as a bestselling author with the surprise success of his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain. Spanning an eleven-year period, Entering the Silence reflects Merton's struggle to balance his vocation... more...

  • Turning Toward the Worldby Thomas Merton

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 15.99

    "Inexorably life moves on towards crisis and mystery. Everyone must struggle to adjust himself to this, to face the situation for 'now is the judgment of the world.' In a way, each one judges himself merely by what he does. Does, not says. Yet let us not completely dismiss words. They do have meaning. They are related to action. They spring from action... more...

  • The Intimate Mertonby Thomas Merton

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 16.11

    In this diary-like memoir, composed of his most poignant and insightful journal entries, The Intimate Merton lays bare the steep ways of Thomas Merton's spiritual path. Culled from the seven volumes of his personal journals, this twenty nine year chronicle deepens and extends the story Thomas Merton recounted and made famous in The Seven Storey... more...

  • A Rule for Children and Other Writingsby Jacqueline Pascal; John J. S.J. Conley

    University of Chicago Press 2007; US$ 20.00

    Jacqueline Pascal (1625-1661) was the sister of Blaise Pascal and a nun at the Jansenist Port-Royal convent in France. She was also a prolific writer who argued for the spiritual rights of women and the right of conscientious objection to royal, ecclesiastic, and family authority. This book presents selections from the whole of Pascal's career... more...

  • Book for the Hour of Recreationby María de San José Salazar; Alison Weber; Amanda Powell; Alison Weber

    University of Chicago Press 2007; US$ 25.00

    María de San José Salazar (1548-1603) took the veil as a Discalced ("barefoot") Carmelite nun in 1571, becoming one of Teresa of Avila's most important collaborators in religious reform and serving as prioress of the Seville and Lisbon convents. Within the parameters of the strict Catholic Reformation in Spain, María fiercely defended women's rights... more...

  • The Monk and the Bookby Megan Hale Williams

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 38.00

    In the West, monastic ideals and scholastic pursuits are complementary; monks are popularly imagined copying classics, preserving learning through the Middle Ages, and establishing the first universities. But this dual identity is not without its contradictions. While monasticism emphasizes the virtues of poverty, chastity, and humility, the scholar,... more...

  • Buddhist Monasticism in East Asiaby James A. Benn; Lori Meeks; James Robson

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 54.95

    The area of Buddhist monasticism has long attracted the interest of Buddhist studies scholars and historians, but the interpretation of the nature and function of monasteries across diverse cultures and vast historical periods remains a focus for debate. This book provides a multifaceted discussion of religious, social, cultural, artistic, and political... more...

  • How the Irish Saved Civilizationby Thomas Cahill

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    The perfect St. Patrick's Day gift, and a book in the best tradition of popular history -- the untold story of Ireland's role in maintaining Western culture while the Dark Ages settled on Europe. Every year millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but they may not be aware of how great an influence St. Patrick was on the subsequent history... more...

  • Monk Habits for Everyday Peopleby Dennis L. Okholm; Kathleen Norris

    Baker Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    An evangelical theologian who has researched and practices Benedictine spirituality offers an accessible introduction to this time-tested practice. more...