“Does anyone read Thomas Merton any more?”

Yesterday I received a review copy of a beautiful new book: The Selected Essays of Thomas Merton, edited by Patrick F. O'Connell. This newly published anthology from Orbis Books includes thirty-three essays on a wide range of topics. I am confident that anyone who loves Merton, poetry, or contemplation will find much to savor here. Merely glancing at the table of contents is enough to make this reader practically salivate: with topics ranging from St. John of the Cross to Gandhi, from Boris … [Read more...]

The Promise of Paradox

The Promise of Paradox: A Celebration of Contradictions in the Christian Life By Parker J. Palmer, with an introduction by Henri Nouwen San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanParker Palmer's first book almost didn't happen. As he explains in the new introduction to The Promise of Paradox (first published in 1980 by Ave Maria Press and now reissued in a gorgeous hardcover edition by Jossey-Bass), he didn't imagine himself as capable of writing an entire book, but when an editor … [Read more...]


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