When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature (2020)

When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature Thomas Merton Kathleen Deignan John Giuliani When the Trees Say Nothing Writings on Nature This first collection of Thomas Merton s nature writings serves as a primer on eco spirituality Thomas Merton millions know him as the author of The Seven Storey Mountain the international bestseller
  • Title: When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature
  • Author: Thomas Merton Kathleen Deignan John Giuliani
  • ISBN: 9781893732605
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover
When the Trees Say Nothing: Writings on Nature Thomas Merton Kathleen Deignan John Giuliani This first collection of Thomas Merton s nature writings serves as a primer on eco spirituality Thomas Merton millions know him as the author of The Seven Storey Mountain, the international bestseller and a modern spiritual classic Now, in the first collection of his writings on nature, Merton is revealed as a man whose spirituality is rooted in nature, an environmentalThis first collection of Thomas Merton s nature writings serves as a primer on eco spirituality Thomas Merton millions know him as the author of The Seven Storey Mountain, the international bestseller and a modern spiritual classic Now, in the first collection of his writings on nature, Merton is revealed as a man whose spirituality is rooted in nature, an environmentalist ahead of his time These writings serve as a primer on eco spirituality, revealing Merton s approach to ecology as a spiritual issue that exposes the degree of human alienation from the sacredness of the planet Kathleen Deignan, Ph.D has skillfully grouped over 300 of Merton s nature writings into thematic sections on the seasons, elements, creatures and other topics and has added an informative introduction A foreword by renowned environmental and spiritual mentor Thomas Berry and art by John Giuliani complete this important compilation.
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  1. Tomek

    This was a very disappointing book The only real reason I gave it two, rather than 1 star, is because of Merton s writing The book is a compilation of Merton s nature writing I use the quotes because many of the excerpts are nothing than sentences I am sorry, but a sentence in which Merton merely mentions a bird does not nature writing make This also makes the book jumpy and disjointed hard to follow for any length of time There were several longer excerpts which were wonderful Merton s writing [...]

  2. Dwlejcg

    I really enjoyed this read despite Merton s occasional leanings towards a Buddhist point of view I have spent time at this monestary and even spent an afternoon in the hermitage where much of this was written, so being having seen this forest and fields and knobs added a lot.

  3. Bobby

    First thing I would say about When The Trees Say Nothing is that it is possibly of interest only to very serious fans of Thomas Merton and for the record I myself have read literally thousands of pages of Merton This is a highly edited collection, almost entirely taken from published journals, of Merton entries that in some way refer to something in the natural world, whether it be rain or trees or deer or whatever I found this book unsatisfying because most of the readings, often only a couple [...]

  4. Judy

    This is a collection of bits and pieces of Merton s nature writing It s all out of context, of course, but I m enjoying it anyway He really is a poet And so this morning is very beautiful, not because there is much snow, for it is as thin as sugar on the porridge of the monks under twenty one who can t fast, and the gray grass comes through it everywhere and Crows swear pleasantly in the distance, and in the depths of my soul sits God Having finished the book, which is organized by themes, I thi [...]

  5. Peter

    Hard to see the point of this book, really.An introduction to our beloved Brothers writings Well, there are better introductions to Merton s work The Seven Storey Mountain , The Intimate Merton or A Merton Reader for instance.After a somewhat pretentious introduction, we get an anthology of writings based around nature, creation, Spirituality and GodWell, it s Thomas Merton and it s only that that redeems thisThe thing is that occasionally the chosen piece is just enough to capture the man s gen [...]

  6. Brenda

    I have long wanted to read something by Merton and came across this book quite by accident I thought it would provide a good sampling of his thoughts on the natural world, as gleaned from his many writings One morning as I read his musings about mountains and trees, I was struck by how instructional those things were to him, helping him interpret his monk s life of prayer and study As I sat there with emails and FB posts waiting for me, I felt impoverished and confused by the modern technologica [...]

  7. Jennifer

    I loved these meditations on nature and faith by Merton They are loose and simple, giving glimpses into the spiritual life as a way of seeing the world and being in creation Will frustrate people who are looking for something systematic as these are like journal entries where something in nature inspires a short reflection on God, death, holiness or just a moment to contemplate the lilies of the field for their own sake Profoundly soothing and grounding for my soul.

  8. Rob McFarren

    This book has some true gems in it While at times the books being a compendium of statements may seem disjointed or rather mundane, there are so many wise and simple sentences that make it transcendental The rain ceases, and a bird s clear song suddenly announces the difference between heaven and hell Thomas MertonI want to read of him, in the full length and context rather than the snippets and quotes pulled out in this volume.

  9. Mysterium

    This is a nice collection of the writings of Merton about nature and the environment Contained in neat and tastefully illustrated sections are his observations on trees, plants, birds, the sea, etc He beautifully ties them all in to the wonder of creation and how we are entrusted to be good stewards of said gifts A nice way to get back in touch with what we take for granted sometimes.

  10. Jean Kelly

    Some writings of Thomas Merton in his monastic life glorying in nature mountains, fields.While the concept of such a withdrawal from the life of the world feels very foreign to me, there was something very peaceful about reading his beautiful descriptions of how this life in the midst of nature brings him to a state of communion with God.

  11. Mary Banken

    This is a book of excerpts Selections from Merton s vast spiritual writings that specifically address the natural world A worthy and interesting concept to pursue And some of the selections are excellent Unfortunately many of them are pretty unremarkable taken out of their original context.

  12. Anthony Bracciante

    This collection of writings from Thomas Merton put into words some of my feelings of encountering God in nature His language is very descriptive and you can easily visualize what he saw and felt in his passages I enjoyed it immensely and feel it is a book to be read again.

  13. Charity

    Wonderful, Wonderful book The nature descriptions are often as good as mini paintings His background in art is evident I will definitely come back to this book for comfort and inspiration

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