This is a series of thumb-nail biographies of men who have carried the torch of the Gospel from the times of St. Paul through the early Christian Fathers,- the monks, the reformers, and the first modern missionaries, down to such recent luminaries as Schweitzer and Thomas A Dooley. Dr. Walter Russell Bowle adds another volume to his growing shelf of books, pertinent biographical framework the principles inspiring each man together with the results accomplished. The twenty-seven vignettes are given continuity through the tracing of Christian teaching from apostolic times to the present. Many Protestant readers are already familiar with the luminous and natural quality of Dr. Bowle's writing, through whose mind and pen the obscure becomes clear and the human warmly alive. Here The Holy Spirit kindles the author as well as his subjects; they are all ""men of fire"".