Recently, I completed the Antiochian Orthodox Church's St Stephen's Program (a three-year theology course) designed to 'prepare' people for the diaconate. Having been raised as a Protestant, the concept of 'Christ entering Hell' was rather foreign and novel to me, and I wanted to know more. I bought the book, and upon first receiving it, put it aside for a while, somewhat intimidated by it. Once I finally made the decision to get into it, however, I found that, not only does the author speak in an authoritative voice on the subject, but the text is actually a rather 'easy' and enjoyable experience to read. Having 'been thru' the diaconate training course, I was more than familiar with the overarching themes of Orthodox theology, and so I was really looking for material which would specifically discuss that which is known as 'the harrowing of Hell,' and so forth. This book does that, in depth, and does contain a very good number of references and 'academic'-style supporting material. Nevertheless, the text itself if quite 'user-friendly,' and quite illuminating, discussing the Biblical and extra-biblical bases for Christ's journey thru Hell, its purpose -- and the book does not shy away from discussing the 'outcome' of this, if that is the proper term for it. I highly recommend the book, and offer this: Don't be afraid, it's a better reading experience than you might think at first; you can handle it! It will particularly expand the mind of converts to Orthodoxy, and aid the non-Orthodox in understanding the essence of Orthodox theology, and how we view the 'role of Christ,' if I can put it that way.