"There is no greater disaster in the spiritual life than to be immersed in unreality, for life is maintained and nourished in us by our vital relation with realities outside and above us."
I became an immediate Thomas Merton fan when I read this first sentence of Thoughts in Solitude. After living most of my life numbed out in a mind filled with fantasy, I was amazed to find a book written by a Trappist monk that could touch the core of my being with one sentence.
Merton's writing flows like beautiful poetry. You will want to soak in his nourishing words for hours on end. There is incredible healing in this precious book. I've read it twice and will read it time and again for the rest of my life.
If you are unfamiliar with Thomas Merton, I highly recommend starting with Thoughts in Solitude. It was my first book of his but it hasn't been the last. Until I've read them all I can't name a favorite, though this one is at the top of the list so far.