Soul Searching is an excellent introduction to Merton's life and thinking. Its generous use of well-reproduced photographs, and chatty style, make it very accessible.
The Merton Journal
Merton speaks to each generation about prayer, social concern, interreligious dialogue, and the search for the true self. Soul Searching helps us meditate on this legacy, and may send many more people back to the books that Merton himself wrote.
While the book would not fit into your back pocket it would grace any prayer stool, bedside locker, glove compartment, or student desk. It is a good introduction to Merton and whets the appetite for further reading.
Yes, another book on Merton! This one offers you his endless fruitfulness through some amazing inside sources, but also Morgan Atkinson's brilliance in putting it together so creatively. Read, and be broadened by the great Merton once again!
Richard Rohr, OFM, Center for Action and Contemplation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Thomas Merton was a highly spiritual man who gave much comfort to many people, and Soul Searching is a read for those to who want to be inspired further.
Midwest Book Review
Soul Searching gently and clearly pulls together the wide spectrum of the facets of Merton's life as a man and a great spiritual writer of the 20th Century. The carefully crafted volume of gifted reflections of women and men who either knew him personally or through the study of his writings invite the reader to more easily understand the remarkable and often complex persona of the enduring Merton. It is a beautiful companion to the DVD, but it stands alone as a most special addition to any personal Merton library.
Anne McCormick, Trustee, Merton Legacy Trust
Morgan Atkinson's DVD Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton is just a preview of the more extensive interviews found in the book by the same title. As a companion to the DVD, this book engages us in perceptive and sometimes humorous insights into Merton's life and the prophetic importance of his works for the world today.Selections from Atkinson's interviews with twenty-four notable Merton scholars and friends are organized according to four phases of Merton's life and spiritual journey in a way that augments all the Merton biographies and articulates his message in the context of his, and our, everyday lives.
Robert Toth, Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, Louisville, Kentucky
The book of reminiscences, like the documentary, will surely awaken interest in Merton as an outstanding cultural figure and spiritual pilgrim.
Midwest Book Review
Following the film release, Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton as a book makes a considerable contribution to Merton studies. Twenty-four well-known Merton interpreters reflect on the monk, the solitary explorer, the social critic, and the man of letters in this engaging volume, thanks to the editorial collaboration of Morgan Atkinson and Jonathan Montaldo. It can be highly recommended to all seekers of God in our troubled times.
Br. Patrick Hart, Monk of Gethsemani and Merton's last secretary
In Soul Searching, the insights of two dozen Merton scholars, biographers, friends, and monastic brothers are woven together into a rich and intricate tapestry. To listen in on these marvelously articulate yet engagingly informal conversations is an education and a delight. This volume is not only a superb complement to Morgan Atkinson's acclaimed film of the same name, but a significant achievement in its own right, providing vivid testimony that makes clear why Thomas Merton's life and work continue to matter for Church and world four decades after his death.
Patrick O'Connell, Editor: The Merton Seasonal, Co-author: The Thomas Merton Encyclopedia, Editor: Merton monastic conferences series
[Y]oung and old, who are looking for a spiritual guide [are encouraged] to read this book.
Atkinson and Montaldo draw from Trappist Monk Merton's journals, books, letters, poetry, and photos, offering readers fascinating glimpses into the man beneath his public image.