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One of the best-loved books by one of the great spiritual authors of our time, with a new introduction by best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd.
New Seeds of Contemplation 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 with those of Thoreau. New Seeds of Contemplation seeks to awaken the dormant inner depths of the spirit so long neglected by Western man, to nurture a deeply contemplative and mystical dimension in our lives. For Merton, "Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love."

November 27
New Directions
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Justin Lowery ,

Transformative for real spiritual growth

What an incredible book. Profound, thought provoking, inspiring, insightful, transformational. For all believers - not just Catholics! I am not Catholic and would recommend this to anyone at all interested in transformative Christian growth. If you have never read Merton, this is a great place to start. If you have, you will not want to miss this one! Contemplative Christian spiritual practices have transformed my life and this is one of many great books on the topic which have helped me along the way. Get to know God experientially, daily, in profound ways while discovering your true self in Christ in the process. Life transforming. I have personally grown in empathy, love, compassion and respect for others and all creation by way of these writings and practices, and you can too.

MarksMac1211 ,


Wonderful and profound. A must read.

Jo Rocky Bubble ,

Get in touch with your soul

A profoundly deep but unlabored book that merits several readings to glean all that is written...get in touch with the contemplative side of your life; take a few minutes and let Merton pull you to the center of what it means to be a person of true contemplation and spirituality.

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