The Lives of the Saints offers a unique set of readings in that each selection is a life of a saint written by a saint from the relatively same time period. For example, one of the selections is the life of St. Gorgonia, the sister of St. Gregory the Theologian. Her life is written by St. Gregory the Theologian himself, providing a unique perspective in that one of the greatest theologians provides us the narrative of another saint, namely, his sister who was a wife and mother. By reading the lives of the saints, the reader is not only edified by the examples presented but also challenged in the ways in which we understand and approach the world today. Each selection begins with a series of guiding questions to orientate the reader in knowing what are key ideas and themes and concludes with a commentary provided for each of the guiding questions to enrich and support the reader.