An in-depth look at the cultural impact of one of Catholicism's greatest spiritual writers.
Born in 1915, Thomas Merton went through a lifelong journey of exploration, discovery and insight. The influences on his thought were numerous—from Eastern spirituality to Jonathan Swift and Albert Camus—and the influence of his writings on Catholic spirituality is profound and unalterable.
The Unquiet Monk is a thoughtful look at Merton and what shaped his thinking. Opening with a biography of his life, the book goes on to explore Merton's poetry, his journeys around the world, and the major figures in his life.
Absorbing and reflective, Higgin's book travels through the solitary, passionate and brilliant mind of one of the 20th Century's greatest Catholic thinkers.
Michael W. Higgins
Dr. Michael W. Higgins is a distinguished academic, senior academic administrator, award-winning author and radio documentarian, and religious commentator. He is the author of a number of books, including Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton; The Muted Voice: Religion and the Media; Stalking the Holy: The Pursuit of Saint-Making; and (with Kevin Burns) Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen.
Michael Higgins gives us Thomas Merton in all his uniqueness and greatness, without encrusting him in either conservative or liberal piety. A good, mature read. Higgins at his best.
- Ronald Rolheiser