ALL SAINTS is similar in style to well known collection of saints biographies such as BUTLER'S LIVES OF THE SAINTS. His book, like Butler's, designates a saint for each day and has a biography that follows, but set up is where the similarity ends. The people in Ellsberg's collection of short biographies are not all canonized saints. While he includes many familiar saints such as Mary the Mother of God, St. Anthony of Egypt, St. Agnes, St. Patrick, St. Monica, and St. Augustine, he also includes non canonized people such as Dorothy Day, Dom Helder Camera, and Thomas Merton. Some of the people included are from religious traditions other than Christianity. Ellsberg includes them because their exceptional lives teach us virtue. Each biography gives the reader something to think about and can be a tool for both teaching and prayer.