This book by well-known Christian author Philip Yancey combines the story of the negative impact of his childhood experiences in a racist fundamentalist church with profiles of thirteen people who greatly influenced Yancey in his spiritual journey. The author transparently and honestly relates his spiritual struggles and tells how he came to a deeper faith through the writings and lives of others who, though imperfect (like himself!), revealed some aspect of God's true character. Not all of his “mentors” were Christians (Gandhi, for example), and most could not be held up as “model Christians”, but each one was helpful to Yancey in his journey “to the mislaid treasures of God”. Some of the mentors discussed are: Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Leo Tolstoy, C. Everett Koop, John Donne, Fyodor Dostoevsky, G. K. Chesterton, Annie Dillard and Paul Brand.