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Course in Desert Spirituality: Fifteen Sessions with the Famous Trappist Monk

Course in Desert Spirituality: Fifteen Sessions with the Famous Trappist Monk

Thomas Merton
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Thomas Merton's sessions with the young monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani showcase Merton's brilliant ability to survey the key figures and synthesize their writings, inspiring his listeners and readers with what it means for the spiritual life. Like its companion volume, A Course in Christian Mysticism, this book is a collection of fifteen lectures that get to the heart of Merton's belief that monastic wisdom and spirituality are applicable for everyone. This compact volume allows anyone to learn from one of the twentieth century's greatest Catholic spiritual teachers. The study materials at the back of the book, including additional primary source readings and thoughtful questions for reflection and discussion, make this an essential text for any student of Christian desert spirituality.

Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar, author, critic, and publisher. His books include The Pope Who Quit: A True Medieval Tale of Mystery, Death, and Salvation, Inventing Hell, and several books on Saint Francis. He also edited A Course in Christian Mysticism, by Thomas Merton. He is a regular contributor to America and The Tablet and is the publisher and editor-in-chief at Paraclete Press. He is married, the father of three, and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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