Born in La Mancha in the mid-1500s, Fray Luis de Leon was a monk in Spain near the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Investigated and interrogated but eventually coming through unharmed, this devoutly Catholic descendant of cultured, educated Jews produced a devotional work of great beauty that is well-organized and sensible. Fray de Leon's writing shows an education in Torah, on a method of review that ponders and deconstructs each idea, vision, word and syllable and presents a sincere and charming viewpoint. Divided into three books, each one dedicated to a counselor of the Inquisition, and written as a conversation among friends, de Leon stares long at the Lord as though studying his every gesture. The names so carefully studied are: Bud, Face of God, Way, Shepherd, The Everlasting Father, Arm of God, Prince of Peace, Husband, Son of God, Lamb, Beloved, and Jesus. The explanations and meditations are both erudite and soul-satisfying, giving us such sentences as "It is a source of wonder to think about Christ's sweet love toward human beings, He was and is our father, our leader or king, our shepherd, our healing doctor, and our friend. Yet all this was not enough: He wanted to be our husband, the link that is most closely connected with love, intimacy, unity, sweetness." - (from 'Husband', Book II). As a Protestant, I like this book a lot and have used it as a resource for Adult Bible Studies. Any person who wants to know more about the spiritual and devotional frameworks of Christianity will be rewarded by reading this Classic of Western Spirituality.