For those interested in engaging serious studies in the Patristics, Drobners The Father's of the Church: A Comprehensive Introduction is an indispensable resource that provides a complete introductions to patristic historical, literary, and theological study, a list of necessary primary and secondary resources, for publications, monographs, journals, and on the internet.Drobner then proceeds to introduce the formation of the biblical canon highlighting extra-canonical books, and then gives a comprehensive introduction to every Church Father and their works up to the mid-eighth century. This book is landmark in Patristic studies and it will remain useful far into the future (as its solid hardback cover suggests), and can be used as a reference work, a textbook, and overall excellent source of information on the church fathers.
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