Henri Nouwen explores Thomas Merton’s life and writings and unveils how the yearnings of the young intellectual matured into a life of contemplation. One spiritual leader’s inquiry into the development of another, this book consummates the communion of two great souls. Encounters with Merton offers readers Nouwen's insights into the essential teachings of Thomas Merton, the renowned monk, writer, and inspiration to millions of seekers. Nouwen explores themes of solitude, silence, and nonviolence, and investigates the exchange between Eastern and Western spirituality as discussed in Merton's books.
With short passages for meditation and contemplation from Merton's journals, this work plumbs the depths of a theological powerhouse, and brings together two of the 20th century’s most important and articulate Christian voices.