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Dr. Maryann P. DiEdwardo is the author of over 40 books and articles. Her research for her newest book about the significance of the writing of Thomas Merton involved the different dimensions of Christian spirituality, and in particular Benedictine spirituality, which relate to civic values and cultural contexts. Dr. DiEdwardo uses interdisciplinary and hermeneutical study of traditional resources (historical) and contemporary forms of spiritual life (anthropological). Healing and transformation occured with readings of Merton’s autobiography.