This was one of the interesting books in the series, even though little forward movement happened Joshua has become my favorite character in the entire series, quite a turn around from his villainous beginnings. I read the first six volumes a few years ago, and became very engrossed in the story of the fictional Steed family Unfortunately forces combined that didn t allow me to finish the last 3 books until this month I thoroughly enjoyed all of them perhaps because this has been my primary source of church history Sad, but at least Lund does an excellent job with endnotes for each chapter delineating which portions were fact or fiction and expounding on the facts for those like me who don t really know much of the actual history. It is a dark time in Nauvoo, Illinois, for the Latter Day Saints their beloved Prophet, Joseph Smith, and his brother Hyrum have been martyred Amidst the grief and mourning, there is confusion Who will lead the Church now Or are those opposed to the Church correct will the Church collapse now that their leader is dead Many step forth, willing to take the reins left by Joseph But the Lord is at the head of this work, and through a miraculous event, He makes known His will as to who will preside over the Church at this difficult time Many do not agree and fall away, following others But the Steed family remains firm in their faith They witnessed the miracle, and they know who leads the Church Willingly, they follow Brigham Young, the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles But still, hard times come When the Church does not implode, as so many opponents to the faith believed would happen, the mobs begin again to terrorize the saints They burn the homes and farms of families living in settlements outside of Nauvoo The Governor of Illinois invites the Mormon people to leave the state suggesting they will be better off somewhere out West Rumors of the federal government getting involved and not to the benefit of the Saints also spark fear And so, once again in the middle of winter, the Saints leave their homes and all they have worked hard to obtain and create in Nauvoo and begin the trek West During these troubled times, the Steed family experiences joy and sorrow miracles and trials Their lives will be forever changed They will be called on to serve in a variety of ways and with a variety of difficulties But serve they will And they hold tight to the promise that one day they will be together forever I enjoyed this book I learned a lot about some of what was faced by these early pioneers, and again, it humbled me I contemplated what I would do if required to leave almost all I have, and I realized how truly unimportant so many of my material possessions really are I was sometimes surprised by how the Saints were treated in a country which was supposed to support religious freedom and I can t help but wonder if there will be similar days ahead. I have a lot of ancestors who lived in Nauvoo during this time period Some of them came West with the Saints and some of them did not I have often wondered what all of their experiences were Why did some choose to stay and some choose to leave This book gives a good perspective of the conflict that early Saints faced It was a difficult time, an unprecedented time Sometimes from our vantage point of the future, we forget the indecision and turmoil that followed Joseph Smith s death This books does a great job capturing, at least a portion of the emotion and events. Reread September 2018 Reread October 2016After my 3rd Reading This volume discusses the succession in the presidency and also the saints expulsion by violence out of Nauvoo I m amazed what the early saints went through. I am currently on the 7th book in the series and have read the series once before My family history follows the Mormon church from the Kirtland period through to the present I enjoy the author s notes at the end of each chapter which clarify which events are from real history and which are the author s device It has been helpful to me to understand the history of the Mormon church through the perspectives of characters living at that time. Picking Up The Story Shortly After The Martyrdom Of Joseph And Hyrum Smith,No Unhallowed Handvolume In The Series The Work And The Glory Takes The Saga Of The Restoration And The Fictional Steed Family From The End Of June To February As This Volume Opens, It Is A Time Of Great Sadness And Of Uncertainty Having Lost Their Beloved Prophet, The Saints Witness A Series Of Power Plays By Those Who Would Use The Opportunity To Further Their Own Interests It Is Not Long, However, Before The Lord S Purposes Are Made Apparent And The Twelve Take Their Rightful Position As Leaders Of The Church, With Brigham Young At Their Head I LOVE this series If you re not reading it because it s church fiction or it s a fad, you re only hurting yourself I learned SO much about the history of the Mormon church from these novels. I m surprised at how much I enjoyed this book I expected a letdown after an intense book 6 ended with the martyrdom I ve always wanted to learn about what happened after, during the succession crisis, and it was just as gripping reading about the drama between Sidney Rigdon and Brigham Young Of course, there was a lot of focus on romance and family disagreements, but I didn t mind it I always felt like the story was moving forward, and I do care about the characters Even by the end, I was excited to read about the trek West, especially with the way Lund has set up different paths for certain family members. Another great book in this Work and the Glory series Once again I learned a lot about early LDS church history and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the fictional Steed family This story had me in tears as I read some of the tragedies and trials as well as the strong faith that was portrayed Looking forward to reading the next story in this series.
Gerald N Lund received his B.A and M.S degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University He served for thirty five years in the Church Educational System, and he served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008 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, Fi
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- The Work and the Glory, Volume 7: No Unhallowed Hand
- Gerald N. Lund
- 13 October 2019 Gerald N. Lund