This volume is intended for those who want to know something about their own or others' patron saints, for those having to choose baptismal or confirmation names, and for anyone interested generally in saints of different places, times and states of life. It contains short lives of the most common patron saints arranged chronologically from patristic times to the present. Care for historical accuracy is manifested in the narratives, and the inspirational elements are emphasized. A list of patron saints of industries, occupations and countries is appended to the volume. The book as a whole is interesting, informative and edifying.