Why I Wrote This Book

In the 1990’s I first read the one-page chapter in “Thoughts in Solitude” by Thomas Merton (Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux Publishing, 1956, p. 79) which contained his prayer known the world over as The Merton Prayer.  I was blown away by the sheer honesty and vulnerability of this prayer.  It grabbed my heart like nothing else I had ever read, and I could not stop saying this prayer any time I connected with God.  Quickly I memorized it and prayed it every day, often many times each day.  It brought me peace in connecting with God — no matter what was going on in my life.  Deaths of family members, unexpected career changes, cancer, divorce, no matter what life threw at me this prayer took away my fear and allowed me to focus on a real connection with “My Lord God”.

In 2014 a fellow attorney shared with me how important the “I don’t know where I’m going” prayer had been in his life.  It was then that I realized I was not alone in my connection with The Merton Prayer.  I searched the voluminous literature about Thomas Merton and found that no author had taken a deep dive (or even a shallow dive) into this amazing prayer.  I determined to give this prayer the attention it deserves in hopes of helping God-seekers have a more authentic prayer life.  That’s why I wrote this book!

Leave a comment, if you wish, as to how you found The Merton Prayer and why it is important to you.  Thanks for visiting TheMertonPrayer.com!

2 thoughts on “Why I Wrote This Book

  1. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful book to be part of all of your readers’ faith journeys! The Merton Prayer is timeless and I find it brings immense peace and closeness to God during all of my life transitions. I’m so glad you took a deep dive into depicting The Merton Prayer! May The Merton Prayer, through your book, guide readers from all walks of life closer to Him. Thank You, Jesus!


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