This book offers the reader a rare treat indeed. Seldom are so many and such important religious personalities and movements discussed within the scope of a single volume with the competence, depth and dramatic impact to be found in this volume. The personalities all come alive--St. Anthony, St. Pachomius, St. Basil, St. Augustine, St. Benedict, St. Bruno, St. Bernard, St. Francis, St. Dominic, St. Teresa and St. Ignatius of Loyola. Each of the great orders they were respectively responsible for is discussed in such a way as to bring out clearly and inspiringly the essential meaning of the type of religious life represented in each case. The general theme is the relevance of monasticism to a true understanding of Christianity and as an inspiration to present-day Christian life and its problems.