This creative short story from author Bert Montgomery offers a look at what a current-day interview with Thomas Merton might be like. Merton was a Trappist monk and mytic who died in 1968. His writings are widely considered to be classics.
Check out this brief video to learn more about the interview:
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What Others Are Saying
“Bert Montgomery has opened a fresh, wise, conversational way for Thomas Merton to speak anew to our time. Somebody should put this on stage and invite the audience to join in.”
~ Loyd Allen
Professor of Church History and Spiritual Formation
McAfee School of Theology (Mercer University)
“Death be not proud, but it can — occasionally — turn a buck. Bert’s post-mort interview with T-Mert is one for the ages. Now let the poor guy rest in peace.”
~ Robert Darden
Formerly Senior Editor of World’s Oldest, Largest
and Probably Only Religious Humor and Satire Magazine,
The late, great Wittenburg Door
“What a wonderful way to get before others some of Thomas Merton’s keen insights into the malaise of our society and ways to rethink the Christian life today. Merton himself would chuckle about it, but he would take delight in the fact that a young Baptist minister would understand so well and cherish his concern for contemplation in a world of action.”
~ Dr. E. Glenn Hinson
Senior Professor of Spirituality and Church History
Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (Georgetown College)
“Bert Montgomery’s interview style is reminiscent of David Lose’s “Making Sense” book series, taking complex theological issues, often unfamiliar to a lay audience, and placing them in a conversational context where they have some real-life relevance. It will be interesting to see how else Montgomery might apply this style. Perhaps a conversation with Martin Luther? John the Baptist? Maybe Paul? The possibilities are nearly limitless.”
~ Christian Piatt
Author, Musician, Antagonist, God Nerd
“I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than with Tom & Bert at a bookstore in Starvkille, MS. They share a keen sense of humor and dry socks. Well, I’m not sure about that last one. I don’t think Bert wears socks. But he’s definitely got that Joy of the Lord thing down pat.”
~ Karen Spears Zacharias
author of Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?
and Where’s Your Jesus Now?