The more thoughtful students of Russian life are coming to realize that the West must make a more thorough-going effort to penetrate the hidden recesses to the Russian mind if we are to understand the people of that great country and learn how to get along with them. This book should be of great value to such an effort. Few Americans are acquainted with the Russian Orthodox Church and with the spiritual ideals which are reflected in its colorful forms and ceremonies. This book gives to the English- speaking world for the first time an account of the lives of some of the great spiritual leaders of the Russian Church and typical examples of their work. It deals with the period from the eleventh to the twentieth century and includes such figures as St. Theodosius, St. Sergius, St. Nilus Sorsky, St. Tychon, St. Seraphim, John of Cronstadt, and Father Yalehaniov. Interesting primarily to students of Russian life and thought and to church historians.