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Anthony Padovano

Padovano tells the story of Merton’s life through his books, journals, and poetry. He explains the thinking behind Merton’s writing and how both express the spirituality of our age, helping you understand more about Merton, about God, and about the effect both can have in your life.
“Padovano creatively situates Meron’s life and work within the context of literary history and American culture.”
- Daniel Horan, OFM
Paperback 200pp R240.00

Thomas Merton PEACEMAKER
Meditations on Merton, Peacemaking, and the Spiritual Life
John Dear

In the centenary year of ‑ Merton’s birth, longtime peace activist and author John Dear reflects on Merton’s profound contributions to the practice and spirituality of peacemaking.
Beginning in the early 1960s the famous Trappist monk broke new ground through his prophetic writings on nuclear weapons, war, and racism. For Merton, these issues were not only moral challenges: they reflected a deeper spiritual crisis afflicting the world.
Here, John Dear invites us to take up Merton’s journey and become mature spiritual seekers, breaking beyond the norms of religious obligation into a universal compassion so that we, too, might become peacemakers, the beloved children of the God of peace.
“John Dear convincingly argues, as Merton’s entire witness argues, that the true contemplative is a peacemaker. . . . Here is a testament for a new generation, a clarion call to wake up, do justice, and become instruments of peace.” —Jonathan Montaldo, editor
2015 pb 191pp R251.00

A Book of Hours
Edited by Kathleen Deignan
Forward by James Finley
Illustrations by John Giuliani

Prayers, teachings, and mantras  for dawn, day, dusk and dark for each day of the week for contemplatives
Hardcover 220pp  (Sold Out)

The Seven Storey Mountain 
An Autobiography of Faith

Seven storey mountain is one of the most famous books ever written about a man's search for faith and peace. 
Paperback 467pp R335.00

A Life of Thomas Merton
Revised Edition
Jim Forest

This absorbing pictorial biography of Thomas Merton - revised for the fortieth anniversary of his death - tells the story of the extraordinary Trappist monk whose writings
have exerted a profound influence on millions. 
"The best introduction I can think of to Merton, his life, and work." - Robert Lax
"If you have to read one book about Thomas Merton, this is the one to read. It is concise, insightful, complete." 
- Paul Wilkes
Paperback 262pp R341.00  

Selected Essays
Patrick O’Connell, Editor

The skillful selection, arrangement and introductions to the volume and to each essay enable us to read these essays in the context of Merton’s life and work and so enjoy them all the more.
“One of the finest scholars of Merton’s writings brilliantly succeeds in producing this representative and comprehensive anthology that reflects the breadth and depth, the eloquence and significance, of Merton’s work as an essayist.”
- Jonathan Montaldo
Paperback 492pp (Sold Out)