For all who seek an understanding of the fathers of the Church, this book will make them accessible. Rather than a dry historical narrative, Fr. Ramsey's work analyses the thought and writings of the fathers according to their theological concepts and religious life (e.g. "God", "Christ","Prayer"). This approach puts the reader into the lives of these pillars of the faith as they struggle with the problems of the Church in its first 600 years.Two aspects of the book are particularly useful. First, one gains a good--albeit brief--view of the Christological heresies (which tend to repeat themselves) and the apologetics that were formed to meet these challenges. Second, the patristics reading program in the appendix leads one through the texts that will enrich our understanding of the faith.On a final note, the book includes a number of "gems" that will contribute to any sermon.