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The Silent Life

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01The Silent Lifea Catholic monk, who is one of the foremost interpreters of his faith to the layman, writes a short  Publishers' Weekly (3 December 1956).
1956
02aNoted Novelist Reveals Secrets of Monastic LifeMerton, who wrote "the Seven Storey Mountain," maintains that the monastic life is experiencing itsScratch, Patty Citizen Hollywood CA (4 January 1957). Patty Scratch
1957
02bThe Silent LifeBeginning with his widely read autobiography, "The Seven Storey Mountain" in 1948, Thomas Merton,Sweeney, Anne Banner Nashville, TN (4 January1957). Anne Sweeney
1957
02cThe Silent Life"Because of Thomas Merton," Evelyn Waugh has said, "America is discovering the monastic life and its  Globe Sioux City, Iowa (3 January 1957).
1957
03aThomas merton Casts Light on Monastic LifeComing from the busy pen of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, this slender volume throws light uponO'Brien, John A. Chicago Sunday Tribune (6 January 1957): 8. John A. O'Brien
1957
03bThomas merton Tells Aspects of Monastic LifeThis is just the book for persons who have wondered about monks and monastic life. "A monk is a manKramer, Richard Neil New Sentinel Fort Wayne, IN (5 January 1957). Richard Neil Kramer
1957
03cBy A Monk--About All Monks"The Silent Life" is by one who abandoned the fleshpots of Greenwich Village and the intellectualHabich, William News Journal Pensacola Florida (6 January 1957). William Habich. See 11
1957
03dDiscourse on MonasticismIn modern American society the idea of a man shutting himself up in a monastery is considered odd,Scardino, Katherine M. News Savannah, GA (6 January 1957). Katherine M. Scardino
1957
04aPortrait of a MonkThe story of people finishing the last page of Thomas Merton's The Seven Storey Mountain and hoppingRushton, Frederick L. Telegram Worcester, MA (6 January 1957). Frederick L. Rushton
1957
04bMonastic LifeThe Silent Life, by Thomas Merton (Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy; $3.50), is a new book by the Trappist  Star Washington DC (8 January 1957).
1957
04c Also recent and worthy: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy: "The Silent Life," by Thomas Merton ($3.50), an  New York Times (13 January 1957).
1957
04dMerton Again Extolls Cloistered Life of MonkOn a day that produces John Keats' fusillade into the wallow of mediocrity that claims so many of us  New York World Telegram (17 January 1957).
1957
04eMerton, Thomas. A Man in the Divided Sea. 1946After a discussion of the spiritual principles on which the monastic life is grounded the Trappist  Booklist [Chicago, IL] 53 (15 January 1957): 237.
1957
04fMerton, ThomasEvelyn Waugh has observed that America is discovering the monastic life and its meaning because ofWassmer, Thomas A., SJ, PhD Best Sellers 16 (15 January 1957): 355-356. Thomas A. Wassmer, SJ, PhD
1957
04gThe Silent LifeA brief but lucid exposition of the life purpose of a monk by a Catholic monk who is one of the  Journal Providence, RI (13 January 1957).
1957
04hReligionthis rarely told story of the monastic life is a simply written explanation of monasticism, its  Herald Tribune New York City (13 January 1957).
1957
05aPilgrimage Of the SpiritThe bristling Latin quotations, references to the Church Scriptures give the pages of this book a  Times Herald Dallas, TX (20 January 1957). C.
1957
05bSeeking God In Solitude"To sit in a room where everything is so still that one can hear a grain of sand fall, andBrewer, James Pilot Norfolk, VA (20 January 1957). Rev. James Brewer
1957
05cHe Now Writes As a MysticMysticism has a history as long as the available record of man's thoughts. It is no wonder that itMarchand, LaFayette L. Globe Boston, MA (20 January 1957). LaFayette L. Marchand
1957
05dThe Silent LifeAnyone in America who has ever tried to gather information concerting the customs and practices ofLanglois, R.L. Ave Maria 85 (26 January 1957): 587. R.L. Langlois
1957
05eMeditation Is What Makes Monastery GoThomas Merton's short narrative on St. Benedictine Monasteries will be remembered by Christians andHosea, Fred Times Herald Dallas, TX (20 January 1957). Fred Hosea
1957
05f A monk himself, Thomas Merton writes of monastic life in "The Silent Life." He describes the two  Times Los Gatos, CA (30 January 1957).
1957
05g America, it is said, is discovering the monastic life and its meaning through Thomas Merton. Father  Press Telegram Long Beach CA (3 February 1957).
1957
05hMonastic LifeIn the first book of its kind to appear in English, this is the full story of monastic life--of the  Avertiser Montgomery, AL (17 February 1957). M.
1957
06aMonastic Regime As Lived TodayWith depth of perception, Thomas Merton explains the meaning of the monastic life. To thoseHansen, Ann N. Dispatch Columbus, OH (24 February 1957). Ann N. Hansen
1957
06b There is a wealth of information to be found in these two books on the theory and practice ofHayes, Vincent de Paul America 96 (23 February 1957): 587. Vincent de Paul Hayes Incomplete copy.
1957
06cOrigins And Rules Of MonksIn a neat brown volume illustrated with photographs of monks and hermits at their labors orFrayser, Louise C. Times Dispatch Richmond, VA (17 February 1957). Louise C. Frayser
1957
07aMr. Merton Studies Life of 'Silence'Father Merton has contributed as enlightening and informative book in "The Silent Life." He explainsMeadowcroft, Doris News Charleston SC (24 February 1957). Doris Meadowcroft
1957
07bTrappist Monk Writes Book to Explain Monastic Life to LaymenThomas Merton, who should be eminently qualified on the subject, being a Trappist monk, has writtenRecord, Pat Star Ft Worth, TX (25 February 1957). Pat Record
1957
07cThe Silent LifeMonastic life is experiencing its greatest revival since the Middle Ages. Mr. Merton, a monk himself  Gazette Middleboro, MA (28 February 1957).
1957
07dThomas Merton Pens Good Account of Monastic LifeTo the countless Americans who have become interested in the monastic life and its meaning through  Standard New Bedford, MA (24 February 1957). L.M.
1957
08aThe Silent LifeThis book combines the meditative spirit of the Seeds of Contemplation with the historical researchCrowley, Richard C. Sign 36 (March 1957): 65-66. Richard C. Crowley
1957
08bThomas Merton Authors Meditation On Monastic LifeWhat is a monk? "A monk," says Thomas Merton in this his latest book, "is a man who has been calledLaBranche, Ernest E. Catholic Free Press (29 March 1957). Ernest E. LaBranche
1957
08cThe Silent LifeThe monastic life, undergoing an unprecedented revival, is fully explained here by one who knows it  Globe-Democrat St Louis MO (13 May 1957).
1957
08d'Silent Life' Shows How 'Spirit Is Made Flesh'The monastic life is a puzzling one to most persons. They not only do not understand it, they findMillen, Pauline Des Moines Sunday Register (10 March 1957). Pauline Millen
1957
08eBooks--AuthorsBooks about and by Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk, are on Farrar, Straus & Cudahy's publication  New York Times (13 October 1956).
1956
09aMonastic Life In Today's WorldThe jacket blurb is correct in noting that the monastic life is today experiencing its mostEberle, Luke, OSB Presbyterian Action (July 1957). Rev. Luke Eberle, OSB
1957
09bReligion Revealed in SilenceThe Carthusians, the most intransigent of the many monastic order, have, says Thomas Merton, "anLaFarge, John, SJ Saturday Review 40 (18 May 1957): 39. John LaFarge, SJ
1957
09cMerton, ThomasEven to many spiritual persons the lives of monks seem wasted, and so Thomas Merton's beautifulHeiser, William Charles, SJ Booklist Chicago, IL (8 December 1956). Rev. W. Charles Heiser
1956
09dThe Silent LifeBeautifully printed, and with lovely photographs, this is Father Merton's account, for laymen, of  Episcopal Church News (3 March 1957).
1957
09eTrappist Explains The Search for GodFather Thomas Merton of the Trappist monastery of Our Lady of Gethsemani, Kentucky, has writtenBarbour, Thomas Tennessean Nashville, TN (13 May 1957). Thomas Barbour
1957
10aLife in Monastery Impressively Told By Thomas MertonEvelyn Waugh has written that America is discovering the monastic life and its meaning because ofRousseau-Evans, Blanche Sun Jackson, TN (14 July 1957). Blanche Rousseau-Evans
1957
10bThe Silent LifeThis volume is a work on the monastic life written by the well-known poet and Trappist monk whose  Virginia Kirkus Bulletin 24 (1 December 1956): 883.
1956
11By A Monk--About All Monks"The Silent Life" is by one who abandoned the fleshpots of Greenwich Village and the intellectualHabich, William Courier Journal (6 January 1957). William Habich. See 03c
1957
12 In these two works Father Merton treats of the monastic life under rather different aspects.MacGregor, George Irish Ecclesiastical Record 90 (September 1958): 210-211.
1958
13 "O Happy, most happy the soul that is drawn by grace to God by God, so that, through the unity ofDell'Isola, Frank Catholic World 185 (February 1957): 396-397.
1957
14 Originally published in 1957, The Silent Life is now available in a paperback edition for all whoClancy, Patrick M. J., OP Cross and Crown 12 (December 1960): 491-492.
1960