In her book The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton, contemplative author Sophronia Scott provides a lively, thought-provoking application of the little-known journals of Thomas Merton to both daily living and national news. The Seeker and the Monk explores topics from the Sandy Hook Elementary School killings, to the death of George Floyd and the COVID-19 pandemic, and ponders what the wisdom of Merton may offer us in processing such distressing events. Also featured in Scott’s book is a vivid description of a visit to Merton’s hermitage at Gethsemani Abbey. Copies of The Seeker and the Monk are available to borrow from the Adult Resource book tub.