The Silent Life
In his Prologue, Merton describes the book as "a meditation on the monastic life by one who, without any merit of his own, is privileged to know that life on the inside . . . who seeks only to speak as the mouthpiece of a tradition centuries old." It is a remarkable work - one that combines a lucid & informative description of the nature & forms of monasticism, communal & solitary, with a passionate defense of the contemplative's quest for God.
Author: Thomas Merton
Edition: 1st edition, 4th printing
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: 1999-11-29