Gathering Clouds is a curious blend.
Part fiction, part history, it combines literary elements
with historical research to produce an interesting
fictionalized story of St. John Chrysostom. St. John was
an Early Church Father, beloved for his compassion. Farrar lauds St.
John by crafting an interesting tale of the historical events in St.
John's life. But--as Farrar writes in the Preface--Gathering
more than just a tale of "passing amusement." Gathering Clouds is
to be of a more serious theological and spiritual substance, conveying
certain theological and spiritual points. These points don't diminish
the story in any way; indeed, if anything, they enhance it. Among other
things, they indicate to the reader the importance of living one's life
for God, even amongst serious and daily suffering. Gathering
thus an engaging read--bringing together the best elements of
literature, theology, and history. In the end, it edifies through it
descriptions of the trials and strengths of St. John, all the while