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Summary

New Seeds of Comtemplation is one of Thomas Merton's most widely read and best loved books. Christians and non-Christians alike have joined in praising it as a notable successor in the meditative tradition of St. John of the Cross, the Cloud of Unknowing, and the medieval mystics, while others have compared Merton's reflections to those of Thoreau. New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western culture, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives.

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Lots to think about...

There is a great deal to think about within this book. To me it felt like a book that will always have something to say and will be a companion for life... You can access it where you're at and wherever this may be on your journey of contemplation and relationship with our God...

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Fulfilling!

Seeds of plenty, words of endless spiritual guidance, along with a touch of wisdom. Glorious!

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Read by a robot

I couldn't get beyond chapter 2! The reader's voice resembles the artificial voice of a robot, rendering a rather complex work completely incomprehensible! I can't comment on the content, as I never got beyond the voice.

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I thought this was excellent.

You'll know right away if it's for you or not. I thought it was one of the most astonishing things I'd ever heard.

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  • Jaime
  • 11-03-15

Pure holy inspiration!!!

Work of spiritual art coupled with superb performance which lifts the soul to find true self in God's silence and his word made flesh. Sometimes one feels it is not Merton speaking but God revealed. Read and listened twice and could do several times more with great joy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-15

Potent Book: The re-read for a lifetime

I wish I bought this book hardcopy so I could mark it up, pause and meditate on its words in private, etc.. That said, this book absorbed me. Thomas Merton truly puts things on their head and challenges your beliefs about what it means to truly do God's will.

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  • terry
  • 30-08-15

Call to awake beyond "believing" or getting better

No summary is possible. Challenge upon clarifying challenge to our ego based holiness strategies to awaken from separateness and unworthiness. Need to listen beyond the Catholicism.
Only helpful after a life of chasing answers and prizes is seen as empty. And you've lost interest in Lucy's invitation to try to kick the football again. "You're really close..." "try harder this time". Fits like a glove with Wilber's identification of "the Great Search" as mans compulsive ego reaction strategy to our program of "something is wrong I must try to fix it/me..." Started "in The Garden"

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-15

Reflective

Thomas Merton invites the reader to slow down and listen to a a God who is close by. This book requires a second listen!!

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  • Lynn Smith
  • 06-02-17

So FULL & dense!

This book is something to savor, chewy on. Listen, rewind, re-listen. Let it soak in. I know it has changed me, hopefully by starting me on the path of letting go of my false self and introducing me to my true self! I pray we all learn to dance!

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  • Bruce W.
  • 06-12-16

Reading is not good!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The wisdom contained in the book is worth reading over and over, but the recorded reading is beyond annoying. The tonal inflections are all exactly opposite of what I expected, making it painful to hear.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jonathan Montaldo and Sharon Cross ’s performances?

No.

Could you see New Seeds of Contemplation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, this a collection of knowledge about contemplation.

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  • Jen Haganey
  • 07-07-15

New Seeds of Contemplation

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn what contemplative prayer is and what it isn't.

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  • Greg Swart
  • 29-07-18

Newness

Words are inadequate to describe the shift this book can offer if you're open. It's life changing and in the same breath opens up the gift already given...Life...in all its diversity....especially embracing the broken, un-lovely and poverty of our self concocted lives...

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  • Jackie St. Hilaire
  • 08-05-18

Re-connecting with your deepest self

Thomas Merton one of the best spiritual authors to help us re-connect with our deepest self and ultimately with one another.

When I judge myself to be just another "spoke in the wheel', I return to Merton's "New Seeds of Contemplation" and get re-connected with my deepest self. This brings me into the "heart of the matter" what really counts.

Merton has been on this path, he has given us a road map but we are all at different crossroads and we only can take direction from another up to this crossroad. The choice will be ours.

Merton gives us inklings of what to expect on the spiritual quest. Humbly we gather ourselves and move on but there will be trepidation, it will be costly; to move the ego aside, deal with our shadow and walk humbly with our Lord.

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  • Jeff McClure
  • 09-07-18

Wow!

The entirety of this book, brief as it might be, is itself testimony to that fact that one must not be hasty in convincing others of what God might be trying to show them from His action in your life.....lest you trample His work and your own small, humble, flickering light.