Clouds without Water

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Pub Date 14 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 30 Nov 2022

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October 22, 1844: Then shall the sanctuary be cleansed

Not a soul wanders the streets. Businesses are boarded up. Farms have been sold. For the people of Calvary—and hundreds of thousands more across the country—the end is near.

Led by the apocalyptic prophecy of Reverend William Miller, the believers have spent the year preparing for Jesus Christ to return at sundown and bring about the rapture. All of his predictions have thus far come to pass, infallible as the Bible itself. Now, as the day approaches, William has mandated that his followers show their true dedication to the cause, no matter what the cost.

Standing against him is a single widowed farmer, Henry Smith, who will do anything it takes to protect what remains of his family from the fanaticism that is overtaking their community. He knows that he just needs to push back until the prophecy is proven false and William’s grip on the town is loosened. But when that day comes, will the madness truly stop—or will Henry’s world only just begin to come to an end?

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Based on the actual historical events of The Millerite Movement and The Great Disappointment, Clouds without Water offers a harrowing account of a society beset by mass hysteria and the lone voices that cry out to stop it.

October 22, 1844: Then shall the sanctuary be cleansed

Not a soul wanders the streets. Businesses are boarded up. Farms have been sold. For the people of Calvary—and hundreds of thousands more...


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"A thrilling drama, philosophically thoughtful and emotionally gripping." —Kirkus Reviews

"A thrilling drama, philosophically thoughtful and emotionally gripping." —Kirkus Reviews


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Beautifully written, this is one of those books that grabs your attention and won't let go even though you see the end coming from the first page. Set during the Great Disappointment (Millerite movement in 1844), we follow a group of believers struggling to balance faith and reason. Taken in by a prodigal preacher, the town is caught up in preparing for Christ's return at the jeopardy of all else. The town slowly descends into madness painted as hope. They sell their homes and business, halt shipments, and ostracize and attack any neighbors who doubt. This attitude spreads and becomes a worldwide mania, all hinging on a prediction that Christ will return on an exact date prophesied by a pastor suring his studies. The book's strength lies in the telling if this story from multiple POVs, specifically of a family with reasonable doubt who simply want to survive the mania.

Recommended for those who are interested in:
Historical fiction
Religious mania
Cult dynamics
Small town drama
Groupthink

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