"It is seldom wise for church historians to write books on systematic theology,..." so begins Professor Morgan in his Preface. A comment which I believe is way too modest, for he has outdone himself in providing us with this succinct and excellent introduction to Karl Barth. In a mere 105 pages, Professor Morgan takes us through a sweep of not only Karl Barth's life, but also the key highlights of his theology as shown in his magnum opus, the Church Dogmatics. In fact, the book divides itself neatly into two parts, with the first 50 pages focusing on Barth's life, and the theological and intellectual influences that shaped Barth up to the point he started writing CD in the early 1930s. The 2nd part summarises the key themes of Barth's theology as evinced in the CD, with intermittent paragraphs devoted to showing key events in Barth's life as he wrote CD over a nearly 40 year period. What I enjoyed about this book is the right combination of insights into both the theology and the life of Barth, hence heightening the appreciation of Barth's theology within the context and situations of his day. Professor Morgan also excels in the pithy but well-captured summaries of Barth's theological emphases that he provides along the way. Here, in this book, one finds a steady guide to hold the beginner's hand through their first-time venture into the vast terrain of Barth's legacy. A quick overview tour which, nonetheless, leaves one yearning for a further and deeper exploration.