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  1. 4 out of 5

    eryk

    This book changed my life. It opened a door to a whole other world. I read Seven-Storey Mountain right after. 3 months later I was praying side by side with the monks of Gethsemani, Kentucky and became good friends with a few of the monks who knew him very well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brian Wilcox

    I much appreciated this view into the life of Merton, the one Christian writer that has most influenced my own vowed contemplative vocation. My review of Mark Shaw's Beneath the Mask of Holiness can be accessed, as comments there apply to this excellent, forthright assessment of Merton the man and contemplative. Succinctly, reading Furlong invited me to a more balanced perspective of Merton, appreciating his contemplative grace in consort with his fallible humanness. Possibly, Merton reminds us I much appreciated this view into the life of Merton, the one Christian writer that has most influenced my own vowed contemplative vocation. My review of Mark Shaw's Beneath the Mask of Holiness can be accessed, as comments there apply to this excellent, forthright assessment of Merton the man and contemplative. Succinctly, reading Furlong invited me to a more balanced perspective of Merton, appreciating his contemplative grace in consort with his fallible humanness. Possibly, Merton reminds us a deep spirituality is not the cure for the complex emotional issues that can be concealed under the appearance of saintliness and, likewise, the unrealistic esteem humans tend to project onto persons as vicarious carriers of the unlived life of the admirers themselves.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I can't claim this is the best biography of Merton out there, but I picked it up in a used book store once and have read it a couple of times. It's not too long, not too weird, and includes a lot of excerpts from a variety of his writings. I reread it now and then as an easy, accessible, and yet still serious and in-depth look at Merton's life, written by an Anglican journalist who had a heart for outsiders, seekers, and agitators. I can't claim this is the best biography of Merton out there, but I picked it up in a used book store once and have read it a couple of times. It's not too long, not too weird, and includes a lot of excerpts from a variety of his writings. I reread it now and then as an easy, accessible, and yet still serious and in-depth look at Merton's life, written by an Anglican journalist who had a heart for outsiders, seekers, and agitators.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    I was a caretaker for a 92 year old man when I picked this book up, and the job gave me plenty of time to read. I think I finished the book in a couple days. I had been rather lonely at the time, and Furlong presented Merton as a real person, someone that I enjoyed spending time with.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Many times a biography tells you more about the author than the subject. While she sure dished the dirt on Alan Watts in THAT biography, she treats Merton with kid gloves. Still an interesting read, but unsatisfying.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Furlong doesn't really tell us much of her own; most of her points are easily read from Merton's own words. However, I appreciate the excerpts: Merton's letters, unpublished journals, and other tidbits that would take some traveling to find and read on one's own. Furlong doesn't really tell us much of her own; most of her points are easily read from Merton's own words. However, I appreciate the excerpts: Merton's letters, unpublished journals, and other tidbits that would take some traveling to find and read on one's own.

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    Corky Alexander

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    VINCENT WARNER

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    David Freitas

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