The Journals of Thomas Merton Volume One 1939 - 1941.
When Thomas Merton died accidentally in Bangkok in 1968, the beloved Trappist monk's will specified that his personal diaries not be published for 25 years - presumably because they contained his uncensored thoughts and feelings. Now the journals are the last major piece of writing to appear by one of the twentieth century's most important spiritual writers.
The first of seven volumes, 'Run To The Mountain' offers an intimate glimpse at the inner life of a young, pre-monastic Merton. Here readers will witness the insatiably curious graduate student in Greenwich Village give way to the tentative spiritual seeker and brilliant writer. Merton playfully lists everything from his favourite lines of poetry and songs to the things he most loves and hates; he documents, rather painfully, his ambition to be published. Other entries reveal Merton grappling with probing theological and ethical questions and show the tortuous path by which he discovered his true vocation.