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By meditating on personal examples from the author's life, as well as reflecting on the inspirational life and writings of Thomas Merton, stories from the Gospels, as well as the lives of other holy men and women (among them, Henri Nouwen, Therese of Lisieux, and Pope John XXIII), the listener will understand how becoming who you are, and becoming the person that God created, is a simple path to happiness, peace of mind and even sanctity.

©2006 Paulist Press, Inc (P)2011 Paulist Press

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Enjoyed this book very much.

Encouraged us to allow God to use us as we are, the way He made us, for His good purpose. Info and insights from the saints quoted was informative.

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Very freeing! Every Christian should read.

We all think we should be someone else. We compare ourselves to others we think are better than us in some way. we ate not helped when it is preached that the Apostles and saints of old were holy men and women, soecial in the sense that they were more than human, had no faults, didnt struggle like we do with sin, with each other, with loving like Jesus. But they did. after reading this book I felt better about my self in Christ.

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  • Rich S.
  • 2013-07-02

Personally Life Changing

Father Martin's meditation on Thomas Merton helped me understand what Merton meant by the false self. It is the self we develop to hide our true self from friends, family and co-workers. It is the social self that attempts to appear hip, slick and cool when none of those things are true. The false self is a road block to finding who you truly are.

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  • meljan
  • 2012-05-13

thought provoking

Although it was read a little slowly, I thought, the wisdow in this book is powerful. I was touched.

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  • Jerry Hollis
  • 2016-10-08

, becoming who you are

The entire book is worth reading,,, but the last chapter is one of the most moving reads I have ever encountered . It is also one of the most practical applications of the writings of scholars and non-scholars I have ever read in my 72 years.

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  • Lucas
  • 2012-08-22

Not bad, it's worth listening to...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Becoming aware of your "true" and "false" is productive to your spiritual life.
The book was more on Fr. Martins life than it was Thomas Merton.

If you’ve listened to books by James Martin before, how does this one compare?

About the same.

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  • John Tyler Gibson
  • 2012-07-25

Great Reading and Listening.

What made the experience of listening to Becoming Who You Are the most enjoyable?

This is an UNabridged version of this excellent, narrated by the Author, Fr. James Martin sj. Fr. Jim is the Curtural Editor of America magazine and I read his work regularly. His writing is nothing short of brilliant. So, I had very high expectations when I purchased this piece. I can honestly say that the audio book exceeded my expectations.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Becoming Who You Are?

The expert interpretation or translation of Thomas Merton's writing and thinking. Fr. Martin provides is very enlightening even to an older person like me. I am a 73 year old retiree.

Have you listened to any of James Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No other experience. But, if I discover any, I will acquire them immediately.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I intend to listen (and simultaneously read) a second time and in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Intend to purchase all of Merton's work available in audiobooks.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-06-13

Not what I expected

This book was repetitive and did not have much depth. Just read Nowen or Merton instead.

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  • Paul Snatchko
  • 2017-02-10

Excellent Food for Thought

"Becoming Who You Are" was an excellent listen! It was superb inspiration on several mornings at the gym and on my walk to work. Fr. Jim Martin is one of the great translators of 20th century Catholic writers for the 21st century audience.

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  • Linda Stevens
  • 2016-03-07

It was ok.

It's a fairly decent story. There is nothing profound. But...... If you listen as if it's a conversation then it's a quite enjoyable chat. Easy to listen to. No topic to heavy. I would listen to it again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-19

Inspiring!

I loved listening to this book. It was very clear, concise, inspiring, and enlightening. I didn't want to stop listening to it for a minute. I'm a fan of Merton and Fr. James did a wonderful commentary on him and Nouwen, it was actually refreshing. Highly recommend this!

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  • E. V. Hammock
  • 2021-01-10

Refresh your soul

Thank you Fr Martin, fir being a balm for me during this pandemic. This book refreshed my desire to read and go within.