The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton


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Broadleaf Books
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5.59 X 8.46 X 0.55 inches | 0.71 pounds

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About the Author

Sophfronia Scott is the award-winning author of multiple fiction and nonfiction books, including The Seeker and the Monk, This Child of Faith, and Love's Long Line. Her essays, short stories, and articles have appeared in various publications, including Time, the New York Times, Yankee magazine, and O, the Oprah Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Harvard University and an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she is the founding director of Alma College's MFA in creative writing. Find out more about Sophfronia and her books on her website, http: //

Barbara Brown Taylor is Harry R. Butman Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Piedmont College in Piedmont, Georgia and Adjunct Professor of Christian Spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is the author of many books, including An Altar in the World. She is an at-large editor for The Christian Century and a sometime commentator on Georgia Public Radio.


"Part biography and part spiritual meditation, this enjoyably amorphous work will appeal to Christians and general spiritualists alike." --Publishers Weekly

"By engaging in this lively discourse, readers will gain a steady sense of how to dwell more deeply within-and even to love-this despairing and radiant world." [Starred Review] --Englewood Review of Books

"This book is a marvelous journey that teaches us how to walk into the life of another while opening up new paths into our own life. The unlikely companionship of this African American woman writer and a white Catholic monk is one that few readers of this book will ever forget." --Dr. Willie James Jennings, associate professor of theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School; author of After Whiteness: An Education in Belonging

"If you know Thomas Merton, you now must know Sophfronia Scott. In remarkable and marvelous ways, she invites us to complete our seeing of Merton--and also to see ourselves--by completing his humble seeing of a forgiving God." --Patricia Raybon, author of My First White Friend and I Told the Mountain to Move

"The beauty of this book is that Sophfronia Scott and Thomas Merton's intimate conversations open outward to include anyone listening in, confident that what is deeply true about any of us is deeply true about all of us. Both Scott and Merton believe we belong to each other, and that faith frees us to speak frankly about our struggles with faith." --Barbara Brown Taylor, from the foreword.

"An exquisitely rendered account of the 'love affair' between an incandescent, twentieth-century flawed monk and a probing, twenty-first-century Black writer that brims with relevance and astonishing revelations. This book is a testament that if you seek, you indeed shall find." --Father Edward L. Beck, C.P., author and CNN commentator

"Sitting down with The Seeker and the Monk made me feel like I was overhearing a delightful conversation between two brilliant friends." --Carol Howard Merritt, pastor of Bedford Presbyterian Church and author of Healing Spiritual Wounds

"A compelling, imaginative book to assist the world as we grapple with issues of race, racism, belonging, faith, hope, and love." --Rev. Nancy Lynne Westfield, director, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion