This beautifully produced commemorative edition includes an account of the book’s original publication by Merton’s editor, Robert Giroux, an Introduction by Merton’s biographer, Father William Shannon, and Merton’s own Introduction to the Japanese edition.
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About the Author
Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was born in France and came to live in the United States at the age of 24. He received several awards recognizing his contribution to religious study and contemplation, including the Pax Medal in 1963, and remained a devoted spiritualist and a tireless advocate for social justice until his death in 1968. The Sign of Jonas was originally published in 1953.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of the best books I have ever read. To read about Merton's journey from basically being an atheist to a devout Catholic is remarkable and inspiring. In the true spirit of every man thinking for himself, he followed his heart and path to God. I recommend this book to anyone interest in learning about an every day individual doing extraordinary things through faith and love.
I had read this book about 22-23 years ago and didn't remember much about it. I enjoyed re-reading this, although I did get bogged down in some details. I am still not convinced of the value of the monastic life, but did appreciate the discussion of finding a vocation. It was also clear of the authors devotion to God and Love.
An autobiography of faith, Merton¿s story traces his own pilgrimage from childhood to adulthood, from atheism to faith, from conversion to his monastic vocation. Representing traditional, pre-Vatican II Catholic theology, Merton explains the world through the eyes of Catholicism addressing subjects as diverse as the Eucharist, devotion to Mary, war, and social service. Sometimes meandering, Merton¿s story is nonetheless well written and provocative ¿ especially if interested in the monastic life. A-
great book.should be read by all christianz