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The Seven Storey Mountain

496 pages, 1999

spirituality & religion

spirituality & religion

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biographies & memoirs

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The Seven Storey Mountain is a classic spiritual memoir by Thomas Merton, who became a Trappist monk. "The best book I have ever read on the spiritual life” (Graham Greene). 

This edition contains an introduction by Merton editor Robert Giroux, as well as a note to the reader by biographer William H. Shannon. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man who struggles with his search for peace and faith. At the Abbey of Gethsemani, four walls of my new freedom Thomas Merton struggles to withdraw from the world, but only after he has fully immersed himself in it.

The Search for Meaning

In The Seven Storey Mountain, Thomas Merton takes us on his personal journey of finding purpose in life. He shows us that it's okay to question our existence and seek deeper meaning. It's a great read if you're feeling a bit lost and need some inspiration to find your own path.

The Power of Solitude

Merton emphasizes the importance of solitude in his book. He believes that spending time alone can help us understand ourselves better and grow spiritually. So, if you're always surrounded by noise, take a moment to explore the power of silence.

The Journey to Faith

The Seven Storey Mountain is not just a book, it's Merton's journey from being a non-believer to becoming a Trappist monk. His story can inspire you to look into your own beliefs and maybe even reevaluate them.

The Beauty of Simplicity

Merton's life as a monk is a testament to the beauty of a simple life. He shows us that happiness doesn't come from material possessions but from inner peace. If you're tired of the hustle and bustle of modern life, this book might just inspire you to simplify your life.

The Importance of Self-Reflection

Throughout the book, Merton encourages us to reflect on our actions and thoughts. He believes that self-reflection is the key to personal growth. So, if you're looking to grow as a person, check out The Seven Storey Mountain and learn from Merton's experiences.

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The Seven Storey Mountain has been a source of spiritual inspiration, guiding me on my journey of faith.

Pope FrancisPope Francis - Catholic Church Leader

Thomas Merton's book is a profound exploration of the quest for meaning and purpose.

Dalai LamaDalai Lama - Tibetan Buddhism Leader

The Seven Storey Mountain is a spiritual classic that continues to enlighten and inspire.

Sue Monk KiddSue Monk Kidd - American Novelist
Pope FrancisDalai LamaSue Monk Kidd


authorKrista Tippett

Krista Tippett