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    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format He knew without the least shadow of doubt that everything Joseph was telling him was true And so, finally, with a wonder of his own, he said, Yes, Joseph, I believe youPillar of Light — the first volume in the series The Work and the Glory — begins the epic story of the Benjamin Steed family In the s they move from Vermont to Palmyra Township in upstate New York in search of better farmland There they meet a young man named Joseph Smith and are thrown into the maelstrom of conflict and controversy that swirls around him Did he really see the Father and the Son in a pillar of light? Has he truly been visited by angelic messengers? What is all this talk about gold plates and new scripture? In short, is he a prophet and seer or a monumental fraud? The answers each one gives to these questions — intensely personal, potentially divisive — will dramatically affect the lives of the Steeds forever afterAuthor Gerald N Lund here masterfully weaves together historical reality and highpowered fiction In his hands this combination seems to make the reader an eyewitness to the early scenes of the Restoration, thus deepening one's understanding and appreciation of those momentous events The welldrawn plot and fictional characters present a moving, gripping story Here are Benjamin and Mary Ann Steed, devoted to each other as man and wife, yet at odds over religion; Joshua, their volatile son, who rebels and heads for trouble; the sensitive Nathan, their second son, in whom Joseph Smith's message strikes a responsive chord; the beautiful Lydia McBride, who captures the hearts of both Joshua and NathanThis book skillfully explores the inmost motivations of Joseph Smith and his early followers and the responses of typical contemporary families to the claims he made These people come to life in this powerful historical novel, a story that captures both the heartache and the happiness that came in the wake of Joseph's experience with the pillar of light."/>
  • Paperback
  • 437 pages
  • The Work and the Glory, Vol 1: Pillar of Light
  • Gerald N. Lund
  • 05 April 2017
  • 9781590383636

10 thoughts on “The Work and the Glory, Vol 1: Pillar of Light

  1. Nola Redd Nola Redd says:

    I have to preclude this review with the statement: I first read this series while a high school. It was loaned to me (very slowly >.<) by an LDS ('Mormon') friend, and I was interested in the history of the LDS church. Much of the origins of the church are discussed throughout the series, as are the doctrines. As I learned more about both, I became interested in the church, met with the missionaries, and was ultimately baptized, though such had not been my original intent. As a result, this series holds a special place in my heart, which may bias my review. ;)

    Pillar of Light is the first in a long and interesting series of historic novels that cover the origins of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, through the eyes of a fictional family. In this first volume, Lund draws liberally from written accounts of church history and scripture to put words regarding many of the events into the mouths of those who spake them. Unfortunately, he does not notate them, though he does so in future volumes, so for those who aren't familiar with many of the texts, they don't realize that these are the testimonies of the living men. Similarly, unless already familiar with the history, readers cannot tell the difference between people who existed in real life versus those who are purely fictional. However, as I mentioned, this is done in future novels in the series.

    Lund tells the tale of a fictional family whose lives are intertwined with Joseph Smith almost from the start. As they hear his story of an angel and gold plates, they each reach different conclusions. Some believe immediately; some take time to feel it out in their heart; others scorn. Smith is part of the father-son tension that erupts in the novel (though not the whole part). We see him and his brother Hyrum through the eyes of this family, who know him first as hard-working, honest men before learning of the wild tales. We see members of the community mocking and ridiculing his story, and we see people who supported him at great financial (and emotional) costs.

    Through it all, the reader is never forced to believe anything about Smith. We are never taken to see the gold plates or the angel, only to hear about it from him. As a result, readers are left with an unspoken invitation to determine what they think on their own - is Smith lying? Is he deceived?

    Lund, of course, is an active member of the church, so the image he paints of Joseph Smith is obviously slanted toward his side. But Lund does present the realistic doubts of his characters - doubts which I, on original read, shared - thinking how 'convenient' it was that no one else saw the angel or the plates, and many other points. When one of the characters is invited to read the Book of Mormon and judge Smith's words by his fruits, the invitation could be said to be extended to the reader.

    Although the series is clearly embraced predominantly by Mormons today, it does not exclude nonmember readers the same way some LDS texts do. Each new concept of LDS doctrine is explained to a character unfamiliar with it, making the reader feel as though they understand at least the concept. Reading it as a member, that did make it a little tedious in some respects. However, Lund clearly did his homework researching not only church historical documents but also the time period, explaining daily activities such as grinding flour at home and putting shingles on a roof in such a way that it is clear he has fully immersed his characters in the setting.

    Whether you are reading it as a practicing Mormon or as someone curious about the history of a church that plays a significant role in American history, you will find the storyline compelling and interesting. The interactions between characters, both religious and non, keep the tale moving, and the family dynamics are very well done.


  2. Shawn Ruth Shawn Ruth says:

    The movies absolutely SUCK compared to the books. Such an AMAZING series! I have a new, educated view on church history because of this series. I love how you can see Joseph Smith as a real person. I swear my testimony of him is SOOOOOO much stronger because of these books. The author was brilliant about researching all of the facts and making sure everything is presented truthfully. I think he was truly inspired. The beginning of this first book was a little boring and took me awhile to get into; however, stick with it! The rest of the books are so amazing!


  3. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    If I had rated this series when I first read it as a teenager, I would have given all the books a very enthusiastic 5. I loved these books but I recently tried to read them again and was surprised by how poorly written they are. I got about 1/4 through the second one before I stopped re-reading. A wonderful and compelling story that maybe should have been told by a better writer. (Now don't every one hate me because I just said that. I know how people feel about these books and this author.)


  4. Wesley Morgan Wesley Morgan says:

    I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It wasn't as cheesy as I as expecting, and it told the story of Joseph Smith quite accurately. I don't think it's perfect, but seeing as our understanding of Church History is always improving, we can't blame Gerald Lund. For example, he mentions Joseph Smith's seer stones and his old treasure seeking work, but doesn't explain that the two went together. But again, that just reflects the cultural understanding of LDS History in the 1990's.

    The only other thing I noticed from my study of church history was the fact that Joseph Smith told the Steed family about his First Vision, even though we have no evidence that he was open about telling that story at that point in time. It is definitely possible that he did tell trusted acquaintances. Either way, I understand why Lund told the story this way. He uses the fictional Steed family not to recreate history exactly, but to tell a true story in an accessible way (similar to many movies based on a true story). My slight worry is that we have a hard time subconsciously separating fact from fiction, and people may lock inaccurate details into their mind, only to be surprised later when the story didn't happen as they had assumed.

    That being said, the history in this book is really good. There were many times, such as the run with the plates, that I was impressed with how many correct details Lund included, and especially the way he weaved fictional characters into true events. I think this series is a great way to get people excited about LDS Church History. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series, especially the later books that will discuss events that I don't know as much about.


  5. Ranee Ranee says:

    AWESOME! My VERY favorite books to read, are LDS historical fiction! I love the way that Lund captures the surroundings and the scenery of the time, and draws you right into the story! The early saints of the church have always amazed me! Joseph Smith, his family, and many of the saints suffered so much, at the hands of those who mocked and terrorized them, but the work of the Lord continued to move forth! I am so grateful for my pioneer posterity, who have afforded me the blessings of the gospel, through their unquestionable faith, love and sacrifice!


  6. Lisa Lisa says:

    I started reading the Work and the Glory series when I was pregnant with our first child. I got really sick, so I was pretty much bed-ridden. My husband brought home the series and I devoured them. They are a MUST read, as once you start, you can't put them down! I LOVE how the author writes of true historical events through the eyes and lives of an imaginary family. This way, you connect with the world at that time, and you find yourself yelling, laughing, or crying at the book. Lol!


  7. Paula Paula says:

    Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. And I like Lund's writing style. I thought it was bold of him to invent a family, an interesting one at that, and tell the story of the early days of The Church. His account of history are well-researched and I was pleased that he didn't take real liberties with the actual people associated with the restoration of the Gospel. I learned a lot. I thought his characters spoke insightfully and Mrs. Steed, especially, was an example of a woman of faith. I found myself intrigued by the entire series, but I agree with the reviews that the end of the series wasn't as compelling as the beginning. I highly recommend Gerald Lund's The Kingdom and the Crown series where he places a fictional family into the New Testament like he does with the Steeds in The Work and the Glory.


  8. Paul Finch Paul Finch says:

    Vol 1 of 9 large volumes depicting the early beginnings of the Mormon faith as if you were there, compelling, inspiring, painful, lots of emotions as you go through the faith development through trials, persecution, families divided, etc. Very powerful, highly recommended if you want to get a feel for the beginnings of a world faith from the humble faith of its founder.... loved it (am reading the series the second time, and Vol 1-3 were made into films, now on DVD. You'll understand Joseph Smith, Mormons then and today and your heart will open wide for God's hand in the world and for the trials the development of faith and a religion require.


  9. Heather Heather says:

    Holy cow! I loved this book! It is a historical fiction book about a family named the Steeds. In the book they hire Hyrum and Joseph Smith to help to clear their land, but because of rumors about gold bibles and angles, fire them from their job, to save face in the public. Still a few members of the steed family continue to keep in contact, and soon, begin to head on to their way to conversion. I was surprised how accurate this book is pertaining to the gospel! I really enjoyed this book, and hopefully others will too!


  10. Blessing Blessing says:

    I read this a long time ago too - like Laura. I totally agree with the idea that I was there in the story with them while everything was happening. I remember I couldn't put it down either. I read some of the other ones and stayed up late to finish them.


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