When it comes to Pathfinder, and even older editions of Dungeons and Dragons, we tend to get distracted by the shiny red balls. You know, those 9th-level spells, and 20th level class abilities that you rarely get to have for more than a session or two at the end of a campaign.
In Praise of Mage Armor
Mage Armor is a 1st level spell that spellcasters swear by, but it often gets left by the wayside. However, it's good for a lot more than making sure the wizard doesn't get skewered... here are some examples!