The thread title pretty much sums it up. I'm curious if anyone here can suggest to me a good introduction to the major religious orders of the Church (i.e. Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites, Benedictines, etc.). I'm basically looking for something that would introduce each order, their history, their spirituality/charism, usual daily activities, etc.
Is there such a book? Or perhaps books? Even an introductory book on each order separately would be ok, though it would be nicer if several orders were described in one book.