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No Unhallowed Hand (The Work and the Glory #7)

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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

Kindle Edition, 25th Anniversary Edition, 656 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by Deseret Book (first published October 15th 1996)
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Feb 23, 2015 Hila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Michelle Christensen
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 boo
Feb 21, 2008 Aubrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 13, 2008 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 14, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Jul 10, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Andi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In No Unhallowed Hand the Steed family continues to face many challenges and hardships. Benjamin and Mary Ann, the parents and grandparents of the family, are getting older, and Benjamin feels like that he hasn't helped the work of the LDS church move along very well. Joshua and Caroline are heart broken from losing something very important to them, and Will starts to feel something more than just friendship with Alice Samuelson. Nathan and Caroline continue to stay strong in the church and ...more
Jul 18, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 10, 2012 02emmah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My brothers friends would run in and out of our house, while I just sat there and was glued to this book. Mostly likely there thoughts were we on a Friday night would you be home reading. And was they would run by I would hardly notice there were once there standing feet away from me just moments ago. "Mom, I'm already on page 300." I said one the third day of having the book in my grasp.
This was a wonderful book. I got so caught up in it. There were time I would find my eyes misty as the Ste
The Work and the Glory series is somewhat of a cultural "required reading" for many people who practice the Mormon faith. While not actually required by any church leadership many members read this series and most homes have a copy in their personal library.

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
Jan 08, 2012 Valerie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommend
I originally read this book as a teenager. At that time I was obsessed with the series. I thrilled over every character relationship, I wondered what would happen next, and I fervently hoped that the Steeds were real people.

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
May 28, 2009 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 7 picks up the day after book 6- Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith have been martyred in Carthage.

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
Olivia E.
Sep 13, 2016 Olivia E. rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!! Gerald Lund has a great way of combining fact and fiction to make awesome storylines!
For the exodus coming up so fast, it sure took a long time telling about it. So happy that Ben was able to serve in missionary-like capacity. I definitely have my favorite characters (Ben, Nathan, Lydia Matthew, Rebekah) and my can't stand (Savannah, Catherine, Melissa). There also those I think I would like a lot more if it weren't for the narration (Jennifer Jo, Alice). Some parts of this book seemed very redundant to me, and so much focused on the family and not Church History. I think it is ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Allyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds
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
07mckenna M
Apr 11, 2013 07mckenna M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has many important lessons in it, I have found it to be inspiring, happy, and very devastating. It starts off with the saints still recovering from the tragic death of their beloved prophet and friend Joseph Smith one of the greatest men to ever live. This book has inspired me in many ways but I have to say my heart was overwhelmed with joy when Kathryn and Peter and Will and Alice were married, I never really liked Jenny Pottsworth at all so I was very happy at the news of the young ...more
Jul 23, 2008 Cordell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By book 7 I started to get a bit tired of reading the same thing but it is still excellent reading and story telling.
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
Olivia Johnston
May 26, 2015 Olivia Johnston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book takes place during the aftermath of the martyrdoms of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. The church and many individual members are going through difficult and trying times. The Steed family doesn't escape trials and must deal with the prospect of separation again as the saints prepare to leave Nauvoo. I enjoyed this book just as much as most of the others in the series. No one thing stood out to me as exceptionally good or bad. I felt many of the same feelings the characters felt especially with ...more
Michelle Llewellyn
After Joseph Smith (and another major character I won't reveal here) dies, sadly, so does this series! However, since re-reading this book I have since changed my rating from one star to three. The story is still gripping. There's a sense of "What now?" for the both the Steed family and the saints in this volume. Who will assume leadership of the church? How long until the great mass exodus to Utah is set in motion? Who will be the next Steed to settle down and tie the knot? Kudos to Gerald Lund ...more
I've got to hand it to Elder Lund--he's given all of us the opportunity to delve into this important time period of church history. Many times throughout the series, I've rolled my eyes a little at the predictable ways the characters react to various announcements and rumors, but I don't think Lund was aiming to make every reaction interesting: his goal was to make them historically accurate. All the historical detail, the characterization of certain characters, work together to transport us ...more
Apr 18, 2009 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I didn't feel as connected to this book as the last, it was still a great work of historical fiction. I really like the association of the women that is included in this book. The Relief Society is formed and the women answer the call to help in so many ways. I also just like the every day associations he creates. The walks in silence, because you don't always have to talk. The simple acts of kindness that mean so much, etc.

One of the things I appreciate in this novel is the coverage of
Christine Maynor
This is another wonderful book in this series. The church is trying to decide what should happen after the death of the beloved prophet Joseph. For quite some time, there is peace from the church's enemies and Nauvoo prospers. They continue with the building of the temple in Nauvoo. The Steed family continues to grow. Finally, the mobs come back and want to push the saints out of the state. The saints decide they need to leave for the Rocky Mountains. This definitely gave me a new appreciation ...more
Dec 05, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Still pretty cheesy. Still really enjoyable. I would really, REALLY, love to have the chance to rewrite (view spoiler). In a series that is full of cheesy moments, that one takes the cake ... and it could have been so, so sweet. Oh well.

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,
May 08, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It has taken me several years to read up to this point. I thought this was the last book in the series so I thought I would be done after this book. Needless to say I am looking forward to reading the last two. I did not know any church history other than the basics (unfortunately). I learned a ton about the church history. This was the hardest book emotionally to read because of the death of Joseph and the increased persecution of the Saints. It makes me feel blessed ...more
Feb 15, 2011 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book provides some insight into the final Illinois years for the church, I felt like it was mostly setting up the characters for the next volume. From this perspective it seemed a little contrived. The contention between the leaders of the church during this time and who had the authority (keys) to lead the church was interesting. I think many of the stories are well known but putting them into context and chronological order helped me to better understand what occured and why.
Jul 06, 2008 Nicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was probably my least favorite of the series. However, i always learn new tidbits of the History of the Church and I really like that. I'm amazed at how easily they left their homes and belongings before the trek west. The pioneers were so willing to follow the Lord. The most amazing to me are the pregnant women who still wondered off into the wilderness in the winter....I cannot say I would do the same.
Tanya W
Same review for all nine books (which I read in the years 1999 and 2000). I really enjoyed this series of historical fiction which tells the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The author does a great job of creating a fictional family who knows everyone. This allows the history to be told in a way that can be more interesting than a history book, while preserving historical information.
I'm grateful I learned so much about the church from this book. It has lead me to make the best decision of my life to leave the church. And for more info check out Almost all LDS resources and you will find what church leaders are trying to hide and you will find the non-sugar coated information unlike what the church shovels out. And if you have doubts, don't think you are the only one. There is a very large support system online when you decide to leave. :)
Sep 24, 2008 Abigail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this series!! It was so good. I couldn't put them down! I can't pick a favorite book because I thought they were all good. The story was interesting and it kept having drama which made it fun to read because you wanted to know what happened. The only bad thing about the book was that it was so historically accurate some people think this family is real.
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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 ...more
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