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  1. Dan Dan says:

    The United States of America is the country founded by seekers of freedom from oppressive governments But did you know the Mormon Church, born on April 6th, 1830 in New York State, was forced with violence from New York, to Ohio, to Missouri, to Illinois, and ultimately west across the plains and over the Rocky Mountains because of their beliefs The governor of Missouri actually issued an official declaration that all Mormons were to be driven from the state or exterminated It has always been The United States of America is the country founded by seekers of freedom from oppressive governments But did you know the Mormon Church, born on April 6th, 1830 in New York State, was forced with violence from New York, to Ohio, to Missouri, to Illinois, and ultimately west across the plains and over the Rocky Mountains because of their beliefs The governor of Missouri actually issued an official declaration that all Mormons were to be driven from the state or exterminated It has always been ironic to me that the first Mormons actually had to leave the United States the country founded on freedom and travel 1300 miles before they were able find a place where they could peacefully worship.This is the story found in the 9 volume series The Work and the Glory, by Gerald Lund.5600 pages exactly in 32 days That s what it took for me to read all 9 volumes of The Work and the Glory Along the way I kept promising a grand review of the entire series once I finished book 9 Now that I ve closed the cover on the last page of the last book, I feel a bit lost for words I want to share what I learned, how I felt, what I liked, what annoyed me, what brought on the happy tears, and what caused the sad tears I m quite certain no one wants to read a review as long as the series itself, but I m afraid that s what it s going to take.So how do I do this What do I say How do I squeeze all these thoughts and feelings into a book review I dunno Let s find out The Work and the Glory is historical fiction The historical part is thorough, accurate, well researched, and well documented The books chronicle the incredible, inspiring, often tragic, always miraculous, and to us Mormons deeply meaningful first 20 years of existence of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints Book one begins in 1827, just before Joseph Smith is to retrieve the Golden Plates that will become The Book of Mormon Book nine ends in 1847, a few months after Brigham Young leads 12,000 Mormon Pioneers from Nauvoo, IL to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake.The fiction part is engaging, well written, and breathes life into the historical events Through the eyes of the fictional but representative of the time Steed Family, we become first hand witnesses to all of the major events surrounding the Restoration as it s known within the Church The Steeds meet Joseph Smith shortly after moving to Palmyra, New York in 1927, and soon they find themselves involved with all the peoples, places, and events those familiar with the history of the LDS Church will quickly recognize Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdry, the Whitmer s, Brigham Young, Parly P Pratt, Herber C Kimball, Emma Smith, Hyrum Smith April 6th, 1830, the Grandin Press, the Sacred Grove, Hill Cumorah, the Kirtland Temple, Haun s Mill, Liberty Jail, the Nauvoo Temple, Carthage Jail Mission calls, the law of consecration, plural marriage, the Kirtland Safety Society, extermination order, martyrdom, the trek West, the Donnor Party, the Mormon Battalion Palmyra, Kirtland, Independence, Far West, Nauvoo, Carthage, Winter Quarters, the Salt Lake Valley Conversion, apostasy, persecution, miracles, revelations, visitations, resilience, tragedy, joy, and finally, peace and rest The Steeds are part of it all For me, the best part of The Work and the Glory is the way becoming invested in the lives of the Steed Family makes history personal Now, instead of just knowing the facts surrounding a historical event, I have an idea of what it was like to actually be a part of that event What did it feel like to hear Joseph s testimony straight from his own mouth What was it like to be told to leave your lives in Palmyra and follow the Church to Kirtland Can I really imagine the terror of the hateful mobs driving us from every place we worked to start a new life How about the joy of being there when the Kirtland Temple was dedicated Cutting stone for the Nauvoo Temple What would I have thought on the great day of healing when Joseph rose from his sick bed of malaria and healed so many others who were sick What was it like to ride in a wagon across Iowa and Wyoming How did it feel to watch your children leave bloody footprints in the snow after being forced at gunpoint from Far West What about when Joseph was killed What did it feel like to witness Brigham Young suddenly look and sound like Joseph on that day in Nauvoo And on and on After all the trials, I feel like I caught a glimpse of their joy and relief to finally reach the Salt Lake Valley, where they would be out of reach of their enemies.I m a firm believer that the best books are the ones that make you feel, and there is a lot of feeling to be felt in reading The Work and the Glory.As literature, the books are engaging and well written but packed full of Mormon cheesiness The cheesiness wasn t too distracting for me, however, thanks to the strength of the characters I really cared about the Steeds and I loved watching their family grow through both sorrow and joy over the course of 20 years.It was also fun to read about my own pioneer ancestors as the Steeds even interacted with some of those that I am actually descended from.Mostly, I feel proud of my heritage The first members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints had the faith and courage to do and endure impossible things I feel steeled upthan ever before to carry on with the work they started and to live my life with as much faith and courage as I can find in myself I want them to look down on me from heaven and be proud that I am carrying on their legacy.See, now I m caught up in Mormon cheesiness But, what can I say It s how I feel after reading The Work and the Glory.I recommend these books to everyone, especially lovers of American History and members or friends of the LDS Church For non Mormons especially, I think reading a detailed history of the LDS church such as this would go a long way in helping you understand better what makes us tick.Happy Reading Dan


  2. Elizabeth Williams Elizabeth Williams says:

    This book is the second book within the Work and the Glory series, and it was amazing This book is an amazing example as to what a sequel book should be like This book showshard trials that the now married Lydia and Nathan have to go through along with the trials that Joseph and Emma go through too This book creates a whole new setting in Kirtland, Ohio where the lord has asked Joseph to take the Saints When they try to go new challenges arise and people get hurt and when they finally This book is the second book within the Work and the Glory series, and it was amazing This book is an amazing example as to what a sequel book should be like This book showshard trials that the now married Lydia and Nathan have to go through along with the trials that Joseph and Emma go through too This book creates a whole new setting in Kirtland, Ohio where the lord has asked Joseph to take the Saints When they try to go new challenges arise and people get hurt and when they finally settle down there are evenchallenges that await Life gets hard but the people never give up hope The saints follow Joseph in his teachings and start to build a church Benjamin Steed, Nathan s dad has always been against the church but until he gets a realization from a neighbor that follows Josephs teachings he was against the church But he recieves a warm feeling inside, sells the farm and follows his family down to Ohio There he slowly starts to fall into the church and he finally coverts This was wonderful news to everyone They start to build a temple and with Bejamins help they complete it in less than 2 years Thentrouble shows up and people get hurt onceThere is death and miracles, and triumph shows through This book was amazing, and once again the Historical facts are proven true with even better additions of fiction added on I really loved this book and reccomend this to anyone who loves historical fiction and againRomance that makes the book even better


  3. Amanda Amanda says:

    Slow in many spots, but I loved all the history throughout the book Joshua is infuriating but I have hopes for his return to the family.


  4. Allyson Allyson says:

    I was somewhat resistant to the idea of reading these books I didn t take the time to really see what they were all about, I just assumed that since they seemed so trendy at the time, they would probably be light reading or even corny I was SO wrong and I m SO glad that I realized that if my mom was enjoying them so much and recommending them to me, they must be worthwhile.This series, along with the Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes, about the United States , made me fall in lov I was somewhat resistant to the idea of reading these books I didn t take the time to really see what they were all about, I just assumed that since they seemed so trendy at the time, they would probably be light reading or even corny I was SO wrong and I m SO glad that I realized that if my mom was enjoying them so much and recommending them to me, they must be worthwhile.This series, along with the Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes, about the United States , made me fall in love with historical fiction In this case, it was not only my knowledge of Church history events that was increased, but my understanding of those events When I read about all of the people and events in story form, chronological order, and in a cultural and historical context, I felt that I had a much clearer big picture than ever before Reading this series was such a wonderful way to increase both my knowledge of the Church and my testimony of the gospel


  5. Chelsea Chelsea says:

    This starts out with the saints moving to Kirtland and ending with the Kirtland Temple dedication There is also the parts about the mobs in Missouri and Zion s Camp.I liked the first one better But I did enjoy some of the history of this book They were all stories I had heard before but I had never made the connection of all of them together with the chronology of the church Stories such as lying down with a snake and it not biting him while in Zion s Camp And the one where they found the L This starts out with the saints moving to Kirtland and ending with the Kirtland Temple dedication There is also the parts about the mobs in Missouri and Zion s Camp.I liked the first one better But I did enjoy some of the history of this book They were all stories I had heard before but I had never made the connection of all of them together with the chronology of the church Stories such as lying down with a snake and it not biting him while in Zion s Camp And the one where they found the Lamanite bones and Joseph Smith told them his name I also really enjoyed the parts with the Kirtland Temple dedication I did not know much at all about that This book also had a section in the back that explained the parts that were true in the story vs which were fiction It came with sources which I appreciated I felt the fiction stories lacking in luster in this book Book one made the history come alive better


  6. Angie Angie says:

    I felt like there was a lothistorical stuff in this book than in the first one I would just be getting into the good stuff a.k.a the stuff about the characters who aren t actually real when Lund would throw in another one of his historical essays that would mess up the flow of the story I guess I m not not a fan of this type of historical fiction I d prefer the historical stuff be in the background and the characters be the most important part of the story, but this series is the o I felt like there was a lothistorical stuff in this book than in the first one I would just be getting into the good stuff a.k.a the stuff about the characters who aren t actually real when Lund would throw in another one of his historical essays that would mess up the flow of the story I guess I m not not a fan of this type of historical fiction I d prefer the historical stuff be in the background and the characters be the most important part of the story, but this series is the other way around Oh well Obviously I still like the series enough to be reading it my 3rd or 4th time


  7. Amy Amy says:

    Though I always love his books and there are many parts of this one I really enjoyed it took me almost a year to read and to me that is saying something if I m not excited to pick up a book and finish it It maybe because I ve seen the movies and though a little different stuck to the plot So maybe on book 4 I ll enjoy themthoroughly The story line is good but again it took me forever and it kept getting set on the back burner even when I didn t have other books to read So it could be 3 Though I always love his books and there are many parts of this one I really enjoyed it took me almost a year to read and to me that is saying something if I m not excited to pick up a book and finish it It maybe because I ve seen the movies and though a little different stuck to the plot So maybe on book 4 I ll enjoy themthoroughly The story line is good but again it took me forever and it kept getting set on the back burner even when I didn t have other books to read So it could be 3.5 stars but goodreads doesn t give that as an option


  8. Deanna Deanna says:

    Reread August 2018 Reread October 2016 I learn so many things each time I read these books It s interesting that certain character challenges this third time around meantto me as I ve hadlife experiences of my own since my last reading.


  9. Debbie Debbie says:

    This is the second time I have read The Work and the Glory I am reading it now to a friend in the Nursing Home We are thoroughly enjoying the experience together I am quite sure, I am gettingout of it this time Reading aloud has it perks.


  10. Brittany Fielding Brittany Fielding says:

    I am loving these series This particular book made me sad because of all the persecution towards the Saints and Joseph Smith It absolutely broke my heart But I also can t help admire all those who stood as a witness to God Super great book


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Like a Fire Burning ✻ Like a Fire Burning Epub ✾ Author Gerald N. Lund – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Swept up in the drama of an infant Church expanding westward into Ohio and Missouri, the fictional Steed family members become eyewitnesses to miracles as well as the horror of mob violence This groun Swept up in the drama of an infant Church expanding westward into Ohio and Missouri, the fictional Steed family members become eyewitnesses to miracles as well as Like a eBook Ú the horror of mob violence This groundbreaking historical fiction series is filled with little known historical information that will captivate the reader.

  • Paperback
  • 515 pages
  • Like a Fire Burning
  • Gerald N. Lund
  • 10 November 2017
  • 1573458716

About the Author: Gerald N. Lund

Gerald N Lund received his BA and MS degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University He served for thirty five years in the Church Educational System, and Like a eBook Ú he served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from to He is a prolific and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction and is best known for his historical novels, including The Work and the Glory series, Fire of the Covenant, The Kingdom and the Crown series, and The Undaunted He and his late wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children.