No Unhallowed Hand (The Work and the Glory #7)
Picking up the story shortly after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith, No Unhallowed Hand — volume 7 in the series The Work and the Glory — takes the saga of the Restoration the the fictional Steed family from the end of June 1844 to February 1846.
As this volume opens, it is a time of great sadness and of uncertainty. Having lost their beloved prophet, the Saints wit...more
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 boo ...more
This was a wonderful book. I got so caught up in it. There were time I would find my eyes misty as the Ste ...more
For me, The Work and the Glory came at a time when I had a lot of unanswered questions about my faith ( and yes, I am Mormon, in case you were wondering). I remember discovering the series, much like I discovered the local institute building ...more
I decided to re-read this book to see if I still liked it 10+ years later. I picked this book because as a teenager I'd read the first 6 books every time a new addition to the series came out, and I'm still a little bit sick of them.
At first this book got on my nerves a lit ...more
There is a lot of confusion, mostly about what will happen to the Church now that the prophet is dead. The anti's believe that without Joseph Smith, there will be no Mormon church. Brigham Young and the rest of the twelve apostles come back from their missions just in time, as Sidney Rigdon was attempting to convince the Saints that he was to be called as "Guardian of the church" and would "build u ...more
This series, along with the Kent Family Chronicles (by John Jakes, about the United States), made me fall in lov ...more
This entire series is wonderful. It takes a fictional family and places them in the middle of the story of the Mormons (the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and moves them through the early history of the LDS Church tell the story of the growth of the church as well as the growth of the Steed Family. I learned a lot and it put a lot of things into context for me as wel ...more
One of the things I appreciate in this novel is the coverage of ...more
This one is more of a transition book, making it a bit slower of a read than others in the series, but that ending ... oh that ending. I didn't cry the first time I read this book more than 15 years ago, ...more