This Zondervan ebook sketches out the rise of the great Desert Fathers and Mothers of the 3rd - 6th centuries, and then shares the stories and sayings of five of their greatest leaders. It will instill wisdom in the everyday lives of modern Christians through the storytelling of great monastic biographies taken from Egypt, Palestine and Syria. This book is written so that common Christians can follow the lives and teachings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers as a contemporary guides to the spiritual life. It applies the timeless principles of their lives without advocating for their particular lifestyles in the desert. Desert disciples from the 3rd to 6th centuries will be our compelling models of Christian living by inspiring us to live to our fullest potential through their moving stories and timeless teachings. Their tender stories and colorful sayings offer key insights for living in the heart of the urban desert today.