I was happy to find this book accidentaly in my library and totally enjoyed it. It was excellent how the book grouped the people and then went from early centuries to more recent days one group at a time giving glimpses of the Church history around each person. I enjoy reading biographies and in this book I think they were nice and compact but still large enough to introduce a person and stir interest to study a bit more. Especially with couple poets I immediately started to look for their books after reading about them in this book. Also visited Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam after reading the portion of Rembrandt from this book. So I would recommend to give this book a change. I assume it comes with some base packages. At least I guess that is how it sneaked in to my library.