When the Trees Say Nothing

When the Trees Say Nothing

Writings on Nature 

Author: Thomas Merton

Edited by: Kathleen Deignan

Foreword by: Thomas Berry

Illustrated by: John Giuliani

Price: $16.95

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-893732-60-5

Imprint: Sorin Books

On-sale date: January 1, 2003

This product is no longer for sale.

More Spirituality


Millions know Thomas Merton as the author of The Seven Storey Mountain, the international bestseller and a modern spiritual classic. Now, in the first collection of his writings on nature, Merton is revealed as a man whose spirituality is rooted in nature, an environmentalist ahead of his time. These writings serve as a primer on eco-spirituality, revealing Merton's approach to ecology as a spiritual issue that exposes the degree of human alienation from the sacredness of the planet. Kathleen Deignan, PhD, has skillfully grouped more than 300 of Merton's nature writings into thematic sections on the seasons, elements, creatures, and other topics, and she has has added an informative introduction. A foreword by renowned environmental and spiritual mentor Thomas Berry and art by John Giuliani complete this important compilation.


"Merton would be thrilled with this book."

"A vivid image in my memory: Thomas Merton standing in a redwoods clearing. "Here is where everything connects," he says softly. If you long to find this connecting point, read on. Merton would be thrilled with this book."

Br. David Steindl-Rast, O.S.B.


"This splendid volume by Kathleen Deignan evokes the sense of the sacred. Merton's carefully chosen texts on nature are wedded with John Giuliani's drawings, resulting in a handsome book for all seasons."

Br. Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O.

Purchase on Kindle.