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Gerald Lund isn't a masterful writer but his excellent and extensive knowledge of the New Testament paired with his basically good writing makes this series an enjoyable read. The greatest value in these books are how they allow you to experience the events in the New Testament through the eyewitness account of a fictional family. Obviously some artistic license is taken when historical characters interact with fictional characters, but I think Mr. Lund did a great job of staying true to charact...more
I went to an Enrichment night several years ago where we were sharing good books to read with each other. (There is a story about this night in my review of Jean Auel's "Clan of the Cave Bear".) I wrote down a bunch of books that I wanted to read on a little scrap of paper, and then that paper has floated around my house ever since. Most recently I found it in my spare bedroom, my car, then my jeans pocket, then the clean laundry basket. I finally decided to sit down and add them to my list here...more
I now have read two of the three volumes. As a Biblical history buff the brilliance of the author in putting the reader in the 1st century with all the political intrigue and power struggles along with the mores and familial relationship quagmire allows the reader to better discern the unwritten meanings of the Biblical writings. I can't wait to finish behold the Man, the third of the three. I strongly recommend the series to anyone who desires to understand better the times of Jesus in the 1st...more
I absolutely love this series! I love it because helps me understand the Savior better. Even though it is fictional, all of the Savior's words are not altered from the scriptural account. It helped me to understand how people came to know Him, or not, during His time on earth because of their faith, or lack thereof. This book, number 3 in the series, chronicles the events of the crucifiction so I could understand exactly how that happened. It becomes much more real. Partaking the sacrament was e...more
These books were a change from what I normally read. Usually I steer clear of LDS Fiction but I was desperate to read something. This book actually suprised me. I really enjoyed it. Gerald Lund seamlessly wove the lives of fictional characters around what we know of the life of Jesus Christ. I was most intrigued by the the ficitonal characters and was disappointed when they became very minor characters in the third book (eventhough I knew that was the way the series would go).
This is another fabulous series from the Author where he takes us back to the days of Christ and introduces us to fictional characters whose lifes are changed by the life of the Saviour, and also gives knowledge and understanding of the factual characters, events and traditions of the time of Jesus. I've gained a better understanding of the culture, traditons and laws of the Jewish people, I've also found a deeper appreciation for the Saviour and what he did for us.
May 26, 2009 Heather Hardy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone interested in the life and teachings of Christ
Recommended to Heather by: my father-in-law
This was an incredible series! They are historical fiction novels that helped me better understand the people, culture, and geography of Israel and the surrounding areas during the time of Christ's ministry on the earth. The author did an amazing job citing his sources and gives maps in each of the books to give an actual visual of the area. These books helped me strengthen my testimony and learn so much about the history and people of those times.
I surprised myself and loved it. Never got into The Work and the Glory series, but this book helped me appreciate my understanding of the New Testament and made the Savior and his life so much more real to me. I loved looking at Christ's life through the eyes of a "real" (fictional!) family. The notes in the book, which are historical and based on impeccable research by Lund, are wonderful, and if nothing else, make the book worth the read.
I had a hard time with this series. I thought the writing was good, but I was uncomfortable with making Jesus a character in a novel. He's just too sacred. I appreciated the care the author took in keeping to the scriptures as much as possible, but I couldn't get past my discomfort of the Savior in a novel, and I didn't think the plotline was strong enough to offset my discomfort. My favorite of the three was the first book, though.
I had a hard time with this story line because I think I have already made my own image in my mind of what Christ would say and do. I had a hard time getting into a story that was in the scriptures. I had this problem also with the book Sarah. It didn't fit in my mind of the way things might have been. I did enjoy the Work and the Glory Series mainly because there was more history to back up the story.
I really enjoyed this series, especially how well done it was. (I am always nervous when someone writes a fictional book that deals with the life of Christ, hoping that they will not take too much liberty with it.) My favorite part of the book was being immersed in the time period, to not only realize what it was to live at that time, but especially the political atmosphere with the Romans.
I re read these recently. They are so amazing! If you haven't read them before or it has been a while I suggest picking them up. This time when I finished it seemed that the series wasn't complete. Sort of like Bro. Lund had another book in mind and didn't wrap things up. If I remember right he was called to be a general authority and so stopped the series. I wish he would go back and finish...
I loved reading these three books I have read them twice now and will again I am sure. Not only is the story intriguing but I loved how my knowledge of the people and cultures of the time of Christ was expanded and helped in my understanding of all that transpired then. I cannot read anything about my Savior without feeling a renewed testimony of him and His mission.
This was an awesome series. I love Gerald Lund and the way he writes historical novels. In these books he brings you to Jerusalem. You learn so much about the Jewish culture and what life was like when Jesus walked the earth. You get a feel for what people must have felt around our Savior and you understand why it was so hard for some to make the choice to follow Him.
Read this book with a box of kleenex! The exciting conclusion to the trilogy is so powerfully written. The death of the Savior draws a flood of tears every time I read it. I feel like I'm right there experiencing the whole thing. I always walk away from this series feeling much closer to the Spirit and like I have a deeper understand of what that time period was like.
This book provided me with great insight as to what it would have been like to live during the same time period as the Savior. I enjoyed the Jewish culture information and its relation to the prophecies of Christ's life and birth. The fictional side-story enhanced the book because it was interesting, not too distracting, and easily distinguished from real events.
I loved this book. It was a perfect read for Easter and has given me such a greater appreciation for what the Savior truly suffered for us. I really like how the author explains the Jewish customs and has a background story to keep it a page turner. I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend the Kingdom and Crown series to anyone.
For any Christian who would like to become more familiar with the life of Christ, this is a great series. I learned so much more about the miracles, parables and teachings of Christ. This is a fictional story, much like The Work and the Glory, but involes a family living among the disciples of Christ and even Jesus of Nazareth himself.
It was great to find out more about this time period, the tention between the Jews and Romans, and a beautiful story of a family that comes together and recognizes the truth that Christ is the son of God. I have enjoyed this series as well from Gerald N. Lund. It's not my MOST favorite of his books, but still worth reading.
Another excellent series by a LDS author Gerald Lund. This series is about the life and times of Jesus Christ and the people who choose to follow Him as well as those who don't. It held my attention throughout and it was interesting to learn more about the Holy Land as well as that period of time when Jesus walked the earth.
I love it. It brought the New Testament to life. I also liked how it explained what Jesus was teaching. There are many things Jesus taught that I didn't quite get that now I do. I like the characters and how the author intertwined their lives with the happenings in the scriptures.
This is the best one of the series! It follows the last year of the Savior's mortal life. Very uplifting and inspiring. I feel like I know so much more about what it must have been like to live during His time. A good read for anyone wanting to understand the Savior better.