No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton, book review

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It has long been on my list to read at least one book by Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, and Dallas Willard. I stumbled upon No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton at the thrift store, and as I flipped through it, I kept appreciating the excerpts I read – so I decided to buy it. It proved to be a worthwhile read.

You can google Thomas Merton if you have no familiarity with him. No Man is an Island is a collection of spiritual/Christian essays. The book is divided into chapters that focus on a particular topic, but within each chapter the thoughts are numbered. Perhaps this sounds choppy? But it was not, and I thought it helped the book flow.

We live in age (since the late 1800’s in particular) where the self has been idolized, and Merton presents a more balanced and Christian view of self. The…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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3 Responses to No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton, book review

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for the reblog James.

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  2. Elizabeth Egnew says:

    Wow! So grateful for your insights. Thank you for the Thomas Merton reminder — not Roman Catholic either, but he was an helpful signpost on the difficult way to a radically changed life.

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  3. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Thank you for your comment, Elizabeth.


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