Thoughts in Solitude

Thoughts in Solitude

Thoughtful and eloquent, as timely (or timeless) now as when it was originally published in 1956, Thoughts in Solitude addresses the pleasure of a solitary life, as well as the necessity for quiet reflection in an age when so little is private. Thomas Merton writes: "When society is made up of men who know no interior solitude it can no longer be held together by love: and consequently it is held together by a violent and abusive authority. But when men are violently deprived of the solitude and freedom which are their due, the society in which they live becomes putrid, it festers with servility, resentment and hate."

Thoughts in Solitude stands alongside The Seven Storey Mountain as one of Merton's most uring and popular works. Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, is perhaps the foremost spiritual thinker of the twentiethcentury. His diaries, social commentary, and spiritual writings continue to be widely read after his untimely death in 1968.

Title:Thoughts in Solitude
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374513252
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    Thoughts in Solitude Reviews

  • Lynne King

    Thomas Merton, a trappist monk, has written the most sublime book on his relationship with God and his life in solitude as a monk. I found the book to be quite inspiring and such a pleasure to read. E...

  • Darwin8u

    "The solitary life is above all a life of prayer."A nice exploration of/exposition on the need for reflection, silence, seeking God in quiet spaces, and the vocation of solitude. Merton's thoughtful t...

  • Katie Marquette

    We live in a society that does not value solitude. Being alone is a frightening thought for most. If we cannot be with our friends, we turn on our TVs or our music stations. We text our friends or bro...

  • Anima

    ‘In an age when totalitarianism has striven, in every way, to devaluate and degrade the human person, we hope it is right to demand a hearing for any and every sane reaction in the favor of man’s...

  • Jen

    Great thoughts on spiritual formation and deepening our love in Christ through prayer and meditation. Lots of highlighting involved in reading this book... there is a lot to chew on and many pages dog...

  • Chris Wolak

    I've read this short book countless times and find great comfort in it. I believe solitude is a need all humans have, to varying degrees, and yet most of us don't take or make time for quiet contempla...

  • Amy Neftzger

    As a fan of writers such a Augustine, Aquinas, and Thomas a Kempis, I'm very familiar with the writings of monks. I've benefited from the timeless wisdom and though provoking writings of all these aut...

  • Matt Mcmanus

    There is much to learn from in this short book and I know I've only scratched the surface. In a world of smartphones, Netflix, social media and everything else, I'm grateful for any clear headed thoug...

  • Colby

    Incredible. Merton is able to put into words...things that I didn't know had words. But at the same time, he is kind of confusing. Because I'm not a Catholic monk, mostly.Still:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"Before ...

  • Pinkyivan

    I feel like going on a christposting spree now....