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This absorbing pictorial biography of Thomas Merton--revised on the fortieth anniversary of his death--tells the story of the extraordinary Trappist monk whose writings, including his classic autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, have exerted a profound influence on millions. Beginning with Merton's early life in England, his studies in New York City and conversion to Catholicism, his entry into the Abbey of Gethsemani, and his fame as an author, Forest explores Merton's increasing search for solitude, his emergence as a prophetic voice of peace and social justice, and the fascinating dialogue with other religions that continued until his sudden death in 1968.
Enhanced by the most extensive collection of Merton photographs ever published, Living with Wisdom captures the life, writings, and vision of one of the great spiritual figures of our time.
Jim Forest became a close personal friend of Thomas Merton in the early 1960s. A founder of the Catholic Peace Fellowship and former General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, he is the author of many books, including Confession, The Road to Emmaus, Praying with Icons, The Ladder of the Beatitudes, The Wormwood File, and All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day, which won the first Book of the Year Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers,