The Preacher in the Emperor’s Court is a wonderful introduction to the life and ministry of John “the Golden Mouth”. The book helpfully guides the reader through key events in Chrysostom’s life from conversion to death. MacLeod’s style is simple, warm, and easy-to-read, thus making the work widely accessible.

Additionally, each chapter is accompanied by a “thinking further” section, which encourages the reader to ponder deeper the central themes and lessons from each particular episode in Chrysostom’s life. The book also includes other helpful features, such as a life summary, timeline, and glossary of key terms and characters.

Readers of all levels will benefit from this helpful introduction to one of the greatest preachers the Christian church has ever seen.

Connor Lord, ETS