Choosing to Love the World

On Contemplation

Thomas Merton, Jonathan Montaldo

Choosing to Love the World

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Amid the noise and distractions of everyday life, is it really possible to choose to love the world? In these times of great uncertainty and anxiety, how can we find God? Thomas Merton felt the urgency of these questions more than 50 years ago, and his reflections upon them are more relevant than ever.

One of America's most beloved mystics of the 20th century, Merton's voice was prophetic in the troubled era of the 1960s. In this new collection of thoughts and meditations selected from his most inspiring books and letters, Merton's radiant wisdom and foresight serve as a beacon of light for all of us searching to find true meaning and solace in today's difficult times.

"Father Louis," as he was known at the Abbey of Gethsemani, fully embraced the contemplative life of a monk, yet he never held the world at arm's length: "We and our world interpenetrate. It is only in assuming full responsibility for our world, for our lives and for ourselves, that we can be said to live really for God."

Sharply honest in his words but balanced by his poet's heart, Merton explores themes that include the inner ground of love, living in wisdom, and dialoguing with silence. He teaches that contemplation is possible for everyone and that the fundamental context for seeking God's presence is always our everyday lives.

"In the deep silence, wisdom begins to sing her unending, sunlit, inexpressible song: the private song she speaks to the solitary soul." In Choosing to Love the World, Thomas Merton inspires us to look deep within ourselves and, in the peaceful silence of contemplation, to find and sing our own song.

Edited by Jonathan Montaldo, associate director of The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, and director of Bethany Spring, the Merton Institute retreat center in Trappist, Kentucky.


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Review for Choosing to Love the World Review by Barbara B

A wonderful compilation of significant Merton writings. A must for any follower of Merton. I have used this book in a group over a year, and now as a gift.

(Posted on 12/7/2013)

Review for Choosing to Love the World Review by Vivian Andary

I love this book. Thomas Keating's writing is eloquent, and spiritually uplifting. I would highly recommend it.

(Posted on 4/14/2012)

Review for Choosing to Love the World Review by Elizabeth Claman

This was purchased as a present for my daughter. Before giving it to her I took some time to read parts of it, and found it--like all Thomas Merton's writings--deep, inspiring, moving and insightful. My daughter was very excited to receive it, being a big fan of his as well

(Posted on 12/25/2011)

Review for Choosing to Love the World Review by Wayne Roth

This is a great collection of essays by Thomas Merton. If you are a highlighter, forget it with this book: all you will do is highlight.

(Posted on 10/19/2011)


Paperback Book

Contents Paperback book (191 pages)
Date Published December 01, 2015
ISBN-10 1-62203-715-4
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-715-5
Dimensions 5 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
Product Code BK04797


Contents 1 eBook (191 pages)
Filetypes EPUB, PDF, JPG
Date Published November 30, 2015
ISBN-10 1-62203-824-X
ISBN-13 978-1-62203-824-4
Product Code BK04797W