Drawing from the second volume of Pope Gregory the Great's four-book Dialogues, Butcher, a scholar of ancient Christianity, makes St. Benedict accessible to all. By using imagined dialogue that may have occurred between him and others, she brings St. Benedict to life. A saint who sacrificed wealth in search of a life pleasing to God, he lived in a cave for three years and later founded many monasteries in Italy where the Benedict Rule was formed. The book also includes a chronology of his life, a summary of his Rule, and an appendix describing a day in the life of a monk.
Praise for Man of Blessing
"The difference with Butchers book… is the exploration of Benedicts unusual life; his relationship with his twin sister, Scholastica; and the illumination of the saints miracles. The books readability will make it easy for patrons to escape into late Roman Culture and find peace in monastic simplicity." -Library Journal starred review
"This remarkable book is a delightful blend of legend and solid history." Sr. Lenora Black OSB, Spirit & Life
"Throughout the book [Butcher]…interweaves some good research that expands the context of Benedicts world and adds dimension to his character." -American Benedictine Review
"Butchers life of St. Benedict is an excellent example of modern hagiography, written with imagination in a contemporary style based on historical facts and tradition." -Catholic Library World
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