Merton's Palace of Nowhere

Merton's Palace of Nowhere

25th-Anniversary Edition 

Author: James Finley

Foreword by: Henri J. M. Nouwen

Foreword by: Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O.

Regular Price: $16.95

Sale Price: $2.00

Format: Paperback

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-0-87793-041-9

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: May 12, 2003

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"This one door is the door of the Palace of Nowhere. It is the door of God. It is our very self, our true self called by God to perfect union with himself. And it is through this door we secretly enter in responding to the saving call to 'Come with me to the Palace of Nowhere where all the many things are one.'"

As a young man of eighteen, James Finley left home for an unlikely destination: the Abbey of Gethsemani, where Thomas Merton lived as a contemplative. Finley stayed at the monastery for six maturing years and later wrote this book in order to share with his readers a taste of what he had learned on his spiritual journey under the guidance of one of the great religious figures of our day. At the heart of the quest for spiritual identity are Thomas Merton's illuminating insights—leading from an awareness of the false and illusory self to a realization of the true self.

For over twenty-five years Merton's Palace of Nowhere has been the standard for exploring, reflecting on, and understanding this rich vein of Merton's thought. Dog-eared, tattered, underlined copies are found on the bookshelves of spiritual searchers everywhere. Now this Silver Anniversary edition brings this classic to a whole new generation, with a new foreword by Br. Patrick Hart.


"A book about our spiritual journey."

"This book is ... not primarily about Merton. Rather, it is a book about our spiritual journey, for which Merton offers ideas, suggestions and necessary encouragement, but in which he never becomes the object of interest himself.... James Finley has chosen to lift out of Merton's works the theme of our quest for a spiritual identity."

Henri J. M. Nouwen (from the foreword)

"Clear and compelling."

"May the clear and compelling message of this book encourage us all to follow along the authentic path of Christian discipleship."

Br. Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O., Abbey of Gethsemani
(from the foreword to the 25th-anniversary edition)

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