Awake and Alive: Thomas Morton According to His Novices
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Awake and Alive: Thomas Morton According to His Novices  -     Edited By: Jon M. Sweeney
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Awake and Alive: Thomas Morton According to His Novices

Edited By: Jon M. Sweeney
Orbis Books / 2022 / Hardcover

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Thomas Merton was a towering figure in American Catholicism in the 20th century. His far-flung influence is evident in spirituality, literature, politics, interreligious dialogue, poetry, and more. Now we learn what it was like to hear him in person at the Abbey of Gethsemani as teacher, spiritual director, and friend. 152 pages, softcover. Orbis.

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Title: Awake and Alive: Thomas Morton According to His Novices
By: Edited by Jon M. Sweeney
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 152
Vendor: Orbis Books
Publication Date: 2022
Dimensions: 7.25 X 5.00 X 0.50 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 1626984913
ISBN-13: 9781626984912
Stock No: WW984914

Publisher's Description

Collecting anecdotes from several of Thomas Merton's former novices, this book offers readers an opportunity to meet the famous monk and writer as a monastic brother, confessor, spiritual director, and friend. The title, reflects a way of being in the world, familiar to millions of readers of Merton's books. It was Merton who first made the treasures of monastic life and monastic spirituality accessible to people outside the cloister. In many respects, what he did for his students at the Abbey of Gethsemani, he did for those who read him still, hear his recorded lectures, and continue today to follow his path.

Author Bio

Jon M. Sweeney is Editor at Large at Orbis Books and the author of more than forty books including The Pope Who Quit, which was optioned by HBO, The Complete Francis of Assisi, Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart (coauthored with Mark S. Burrows), and Thomas Merton: An Introduction to His Life, Teachings, and Practices, published by St. Martin’s Press and Penguin Random House Audio.


Thomas Merton was a monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, author of a famous autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain, and some of the classic works of spirituality in the twentieth century, including New Seeds of Contemplation and Zen and the Birds of Appetite. He died an accidental death in Bangkok in December 1968 after visiting the Dalai Lama in exile in Dharamsala. His other friends included Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin Luther King, Jr.


Editorial Reviews

“This is a treasure of a little book. Thankfully, before the living memory fades, Sweeney has captured intimate and unadorned recollections from Merton’s Gethsemani novices to render an impressionistic montage, a verbal collage, a communal sketch of life under the tutelage of the spiritual giant of the twentieth century.” -Kathleen Noone Deignan, CND, Director, Institute for Earth and Spirit at Iona College; editor, A Book of Hours by Thomas Merton




“This collection of memories from Merton’s former students provides a valuable opportunity to go beyond the Merton we encounter from his books and private journals to see him as his students and fellow monks saw him—as a teacher, spiritual director, and friend.” -Gregory K. Hillis, Professor of Theology & Religious Studies, Bellarmine University; author, Man of Dialogue: Thomas Merton’s Catholic Vision


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For those unfamiliar with the work of Jon M. Sweeney or Thomas Merton, this book may serve as an appetizer for a larger meal to come. Seasoned readers of Sweeney or Merton may find this more like dessert. For all of us, this should challenge our biases when we think we’ve already figured someone out. People — even those we know well — still have much to reveal."-- Anthony Nuccio, Spirituality and Practice

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