Anybody have any good Thomas Merton recommendations? I really liked his autobiography, and I get the impression that he’s the sort of person who might well have written more books that I’d like, but neither New Seeds of Contemplation nor Zen and the Birds of Appetite did much for me.

For that matter, any other Christian book recommendations? (Should I read Augustine’s Confessions; if so, which translation?) As background, I’m an atheist with a soft spot for mysticism who is particularly down on the big monotheistic religions. Which is probably biased by the environment that I live in, where the evil that they produce gets rather more press than the good that they produce. (It would be interesting to see a foreign policy based on turning the other cheek…) Or any recommendations for books about Sufism? The latter seems like a form of Islam that I would find particularly congenial.

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