cover image Seeds


Thomas Merton. Shambhala Publications, $14.95 (192pp) ISBN 978-1-57062-930-3

Readers looking for a short introduction to Thomas Merton's writings will benefit greatly from Seeds, a collection of brief excerpts from America's most famous 20th-century monk. Merton discusses the usual topics of prayer, silence, contemplation and solitude, but he also sounds off on politics, social justice, foreign policy, technology, materialism and his growing affinity for Zen Buddhism.