I certainly did not know much about this ancient monk prior to reading the book. I ran across a reference to it and thought that it might be inspiring. It certainly was. This is a man who had means but gave it all up in order to focus on his devotional life with God. He lived alone with meager means. He was steeped in Scripture. He was successful in engaging in spiritual warfare. He did great battle with demonic powers. He had the gift of discernment. He was aware of doctrinal controversy and spoke out against Arianism. As his life progressed, he became a sage with tremendous insight and wisdom. Even though he lived alone on a mountain, many people came to see him. Many were healed. Many demons were cast out. Many gained wisdom. He never wrote a book nor created any art, yet his influence widened over time. In a day when we are obsessed with social platforms and social media, it is refreshing to see that God himself gave a wide influence to someone who did not seek it. Instead, Antony's influence was widened as spirituality was deepened. I was inspired to pursue holiness through prayer and meditation in a deeper way.