Mark Shaw is the author of fifteen books. He holds a Masters degree in theological studies and is a member of the International Thomas Merton Society. A former defense attorney and columnist for the Aspen Daily News, he has been a television legal analyst for ABC, CBS, and ESPN. He hosts a popular "Merton and friends" blog at http://merton.markshawbooks.net, and his personal website is www.markshawbooks.net. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.