Having read my share of hagiographies biographies of saints I had never read one quite as old as that of St Gregory the Great on St Benedict I was not prepared for the style, the stories, and the rhetoric of that age I was very glad to have an interpreter not just of the language but of the style and purpose.Most of the stories were about miracles attributed to St Benedict, which can be a big turnoff to people in our day What was helpful was the commentary which accompanied these sto Having read my share of hagiographies biographies of saints I had never read one quite as old as that of St Gregory the Great on St Benedict I was not prepared for the style, the stories, and the rhetoric of that age I was very glad to have an interpreter not just of the language but of the style and purpose.Most of the stories were about miracles attributed to St Benedict, which can be a big turnoff to people in our day What was helpful was the commentary which accompanied these stories 1,500 years ago, this story would have been written in the day s style Today, we can read it and be tempted to call it primitive or superstitious I was grateful that Fr Terrance Kardong explained much of the reasoning behind what stories were told, in what order, and what was really behind them.Unfortunately not muchabout the life of St Benedict is known All we have is his rule and this Dialogue,or less Still, this is a man who has influenced generations of people More importantly, he influenced greatly a man considered one of the greatest popes who thought him so important to write a biography about him and stories about him Very interesting life quite different than what I expected Still, very glad I read it and I recommend it to all. St Gregory the Great is one of the best authors I have ever read His ability to biographically write about St Benedict through means of a dialogue in the book is unbelievable I read this book in Guatemala at a Benedictine Monastery what a beautiful and fitting place to have read this novel This book helped me to understand the Benedictine tradition through its founder St Benedict I thought I knew St Benedict, I thought I had heard his stories, I thought that I had a good understanding o St Gregory the Great is one of the best authors I have ever read His ability to biographically write about St Benedict through means of a dialogue in the book is unbelievable I read this book in Guatemala at a Benedictine Monastery what a beautiful and fitting place to have read this novel This book helped me to understand the Benedictine tradition through its founder St Benedict I thought I knew St Benedict, I thought I had heard his stories, I thought that I had a good understanding of St Benedict Once I read this book, at the moment I read the first story, I realized that this book was going to teach me what I didn t know and was going to build upon what I already knew I fell in love with this book and grew in greater devotion to St Benedict Give this book a read it is a spiritual classic I am giving this book four stars just because of how extremely unique it is It is a book written by a Saint St Gregory the Great about a Saint St Benedict Every young man starting at Benedictine high school is required to read it before Freshman year It is written in a series of short stories St Gregory stops himself sometimes and enters the voice of Peter , a young monk who is supposed to be listening to the stories and asks for clarification sometimes.Anyways, the stories are inter I am giving this book four stars just because of how extremely unique it is It is a book written by a Saint St Gregory the Great about a Saint St Benedict Every young man starting at Benedictine high school is required to read it before Freshman year It is written in a series of short stories St Gregory stops himself sometimes and enters the voice of Peter , a young monk who is supposed to be listening to the stories and asks for clarification sometimes.Anyways, the stories are interesting some cute, some magical, and some downright bizarre The best story tells about the loving relationship between St Benedict and his sister, St Scholastica As a mom of a Man Of Benedictine , I m happy to have read this In his classic Second Book of Dialogues, Pope Gregory the Great lionizes Saint Benedict as hero and casts him predominantly in the role of miracle worker Yet in his Rule, Benedict comes across as a practical community organizer and premier spiritual father In this volume, Terrence Kardong offers a fresh take on Gregory the Great s classic He alternates between translated sections of the Diablo s and his own commentary Crisp and direct, and infused with his wry and ever present sense of humor, Kardong s writings sure to build up the spiritual life of readers and, equally important, to make them love St Benedict As someone who is a Benedictine Oblate I am embarrassed to say that until now I have not read an edition of The Life of St Benedict by Gregory the Great until I read this translation by Terrence Kardong.This book, part of the Dialogues i of Gregory the Great, provides a hagiography of St Benedict that must be considered mandatory reading for anyone who wishes to have an understanding of the life of St Benedict and, therefore, the origins of the Rule that has so influenced the spiritual traditi As someone who is a Benedictine Oblate I am embarrassed to say that until now I have not read an edition of The Life of St Benedict by Gregory the Great until I read this translation by Terrence Kardong.This book, part of the Dialogues i of Gregory the Great, provides a hagiography of St Benedict that must be considered mandatory reading for anyone who wishes to have an understanding of the life of St Benedict and, therefore, the origins of the Rule that has so influenced the spiritual tradition of the Western Church.From the backcover In his classic Second Book of Dialogues, Pope Gregory the Great lionizes Saint Benedict as hero and casts him predominantly in the role of miracle worker Yet in his Rule, Benedict comes acrossas a practical community organizer and premier spiritual father In this volume, Terrence Kardong offers a fresh take on Gregory the Great s classic He alternates between translated sections of the Dialogues and his own commentary Crisp and direct, and infused with his wry and ever present sense of humor, Kardong s writing is sure to build up the spiritual life of readers and, equally important, to make them love St Benedict.Highly recommended. I read parts of it on line and decided to buy it Its written as a conversation between Gregory and Peter, a monk I like how books written 1800 years ago can have distinct parallels with today and immediate applicability.