The Sign of Jonas


Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
This diary of a monastic life is “a continuation of The Seven Storey Mountain . . . Astonishing” (Commonweal).

Chronicling six years of Thomas Merton’s life in a Trappist monastery, The Sign of Jonas takes us through his day-to-day experiences at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, where he lived in silence and prayer for much of his life.

Concluding with the account of Merton’s ordination as a priest, this diary documents his growing acceptance of his vocation—and the greater meaning he found within his private world of contemplation.

“This book is made unmistakably real and almost, at times, unbearably poignant by the fact that the exuberance of youth so often wells up through it with rapture, impatience, and even bluster.” —TheNew York Times

“A stirring book—the most readable and on the whole, most illuminating of the author’s writings.” —Catholic World

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