Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Book Review: Running to the Mountain: A Midlife Adventure

Genre:  Biographies & Memoirs
Author: Jon Katz
Rating: 5 outof 5 Stars

I went to the local library looking for books by Thomas Merton. They were out but I found this instead. A book that is sorta/kinda about Merton. And about life. And about Jon Katz. And about a lot of things.


"Jon Katz couldn't afford a country house--his wife didn't want him to buy it; his career looked like it was going off track; and his daughter was about to leave home for college. But when he saw the view from a decrepit little cabin in the mountains, near Cambridge, New York, he knew he had to have the place. So, against all rational impulses, he bought the cabin and used it as a summer retreat. He read Thomas Merton, helped his best friend prepare to be a father, deepened his relationship with his dog, and wrote a book about the spiritual wisdom that came to him in everyday life. Running to the Mountain: A Journey of Faith and Change includes some particularly elegant and urgent readings of Merton, whose central concerns Katz summarizes as well as anyone has:

Merton was obsessed with a central issue for our time--figuring out how to live, trying to forge a life of balance, purpose and meaning. I've grown to share his obsession, his belief that life demands a lot of tinkering, and requires people to give birth to themselves not just once, but over and over."

This book was very good and well worth a read.

(Originally posted to Multiply July 18, 2008)

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