Men, in and out of the Faith, have had doubts about the values to humanity of the life of a hermit. The contribution the hermit makes to society is certainly rejected by the secularist. Yet it is a truth that the Church cannot do without hermits any more than she can do without martyrs. In Alone With God a prolific Benedictine student of the monastic role, in history introduces the English speaking public to a surprising figure who lived in the Italy of Raphael and Machiavelli -- Paul Giustiniani, a member of the most ancient of the eremitical Orders, the Camaldolee. The mystical doctrine of Paul Giustinia, the meat of this book, will be a fresh source of contemplation for all who would want to share in the spiritual riches discoverable only by one who truly lived ""alone with God"". Named author Thomas Merton, (a contemplative himself, and the author of The Seven St. Contemplation, etc.) contributes a preface which puts into focus the importance of the monk's true destiny as a man of God and the results of his isolation from the world.