This is an excellent general introduction to the three great Cappadocian Fathers: Basil of Caesarea (aka Basil the Great), Gregory of Nazianzus (aka Gregory Nazianzen) and Gregory of Nyssa. Meredith traces the roots of Cappadocian theology and then devotes space to each of the three in turn, giving insight into their background and character and drawing out their respective contributions to Trinitarian theology and their thinking on the Christian life as a process of 'theosis' or 'deification', i.e. becoming partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1). A final chapter draws together the individual contributions of the Three and examines their cumulative achievement. This concise book gives a good overview of the writings of all three fathers, providing the interested reader with pointers for future research. Any work has a subjective element and Meredith's Jesuit background does to some degree influence his emphases. This is a western theologian exploring eastern fathers. The repeated references to Cardinal Newman say more about the author than about the Cappadocians. Perhaps not surprisingly, the coverage of the 'filioque' issue (p.110) lacks something of the rigour required to be convincing. On the whole, however, this book combines the rigour of an academic work and the simplicity of an introduction for the non-initiated. Highly recommended.