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Truth Will Prevail (The Work and the Glory #3)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  9,486 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Truth Will Prevail — the eagerly awaited third volume in the popular series The Work and the Glory — continues the gripping story of the fictional Steed family, a family acquainted with Joseph Smith and caught up in the grand events associated with the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. Covering the years 1836 to 1838, this volume finds the Steed invol...more
Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Published June 14th 2006 by Deseret Book Company (first published 1992)
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02emmah
"Emma don't pick up that book!" my mom said as I reached for the book. "Is your homework done? Is your bed made? Did you clean your room?" She would quiz me like I was sitting on the wittness stand in court, before I could even pick up the book. Because she knew that once I picked it up I wouldn't be doing anything unless I had to. Once I started the first book of this series I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next.
This book covers early church history from the years 1836 to 1838. Altough...more
Allyson
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...more
Ashley
Years 1836-1838
Includes Kirtland Temple dedication, Parley P. Pratt’s mission to Canada (where a branch is organized) where he meets and converts John Taylor and Joseph, Mary and Mercy Fielding. This volume also covers the failure of the Kirtland Safety Society Anti-Banking Company, major apostasy in the church (including the excommunication of Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer- all Three Witnesses), Heber C Kimball's (and companions) mission to England (where another branch is org...more
Jenn Moore
I'm learning some cool stuff about church history, but I still have many unanswered questions. Perhaps someday I'll get around to studying something much more boring. For right now I like the story aspect that makes this series fun.
Angie
"The green one" has always been my favorite book in the Work and Glory series. Lund still overuses the words "fiercely" and "terribly," the phrases "So-and-so looked up in surprise" and "So-and-so looked at so-and-so in wonder," and the word-for-word description of Heber C. Kimball's chest, but there is so much good in this book.

For starters, the fictional events take up more of the book. I loved the sections on Joshua's family and the Ingalls brothers. Lund still throws in a historical essay e...more
Heidi
The book/series is starting to get a bit more interesting as it begins to differ A LOT from the movies. (And I've only seen the 3rd movie once, so I don't remember much from it.) We're getting closer to my favorite time period of the early history of the Church, but I believe the next book will be during "the difficult period" for me. Still, that difficult period has always interested me and even inspired a few school papers. With this book, I think the main thing I was hoping for by the end (vi...more
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
If it was possible, I would probably give this book 10 stars. It's probably the single BEST work of fiction (historic, yes, but still) that I have ever read.

Lund is absolutely masterful with his writing, and he truly engrosses you in the story, until you feel that you are there, that these people are YOUR family, your friends, that you are truly living in the 1830's.

Without sugar coating any of it, Gerald N. Lund describes the history of the early church and the doubts and concerns that filled...more
Kennedy
Work And The Glory Truth Will Prevail, is written by Gerald Lund using an omniscient narrator. This book takes place in 1838 in Ohio, Missouri, and Georgia. This book goes through the point of view for many different characters that have their own unique personality, I like that style of writing it is engaging and fun. A great Historical Fiction book. This is the genre because the things written about the church are true and really occurred, but the family and the story written about them didn't...more
Dan
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
Rebekah
Again, I appreciate the historical details. As much as we study Church history in our religion, I've always had a difficult time actually understanding it or remembering events in their proper chronological place. Having a fictional story set with true events really helps to put things into perspective for me.

But, please. This story is sooo contrived. I hate the forced lessons and the not-so-slyly-hidden messages that the Church is true. I wish it could be historical fiction without the editoria...more
Monica
My favorite of the series so far. I loved the new characters who were introduced, even if I recognized almost immediately what their role would be later in the book. The final scene of the book was very touching. A line that meant so much to me that I wrote it down was, "So long as your heart is filled with bitterness, you cannot effectively carry out your part in God's great work."

I'm beginning to feel I really underestimated the power and the warmth of these books. I knew when I started the s...more
Cordell
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 well. For example after reading several books one of the members of the Steed Family who was Wealthy bought a new and wo...more
Melissa
This is the third book in the series of many books (7, I think). It took me over 6 months to read this thing - it started out a bit slow, but then when I finally took the time to sit down to read it, I couldn't put it down.

Like the other books in the series, it follows a fictional family (the Steeds) through the early periods of the LDS church and actual events that took place. This particular book encompassed the era of Kirtland, Ohio, the establishment of Far West and Independence, Missouri,...more
Crystal
This one is pretty good; It ends well and has a story that kept me pretty into it. I have two issues with this series: the first is that everyone is so nosy and the second that they all remember exactly what was said months or even years ago. I can't remember word for word what anyone has said at any time in my life, so I can't relate to these characters who seem to be able to remember conversations had months ago and can quote them exactly. Those are my two qualms with the books and for some re...more
Anna
I'm still not sold on Lund's writing style. It's very slow paced, and with a book this long, that makes it hard to get through. Also, he still has favorite repetitive phrases. He just happens to use different ones in this book than he did in the first two, and thankfully, they are used less often. On the plus side, I feel like I now have a better understanding of the failure of the Kirtland Safety Society and the apostacy of the Three Witnesses. I always knew these events happened, but I never r...more
Lauryn
MY FAVORITE SO FAR!!! I totally felt like I was on the same page with Benjamin with the whole Joshua dilemma, I had a REALLY hard time forgiving him until Nathan visited him for the second time in Independence. I absolutely cannot stand how shallow he can be at times, and he is SO disrespectful! But it is so fascinating to read about how all of the prominent church history figures were brought to a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel. I also noticed that this one is written better than the ot...more
Megan
Wow, This book was amazing!! The first two volumes that preceed this one contributed to the climax of the story immensely. It seemed like the climax of what the first two had been lacking reached an ultimate peak in this book. I would reccommend it!! but you have to read the first two volumes first to really appreciate it! it's a must read!! I learned alot about church history, and the restoration of the church. The references in the back really help you to see what is true in the book and what...more
Dan
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Melissa
Lots of drama. Lots of conflict. Some excellent stories of redemption and forgiveness. Yes, it is still melodramatic at times, but I love it!
Audri
After reading this book today, I went to go and open up the Hymn book to practice a couple of the hymns and the hymn that I turned to when the book opened was "Adam-Ondi-Ahman". Even though I opened the hymn book randomly, I do not believe that turning to that hymn in particular was, I believe that it was almost coincidence, but at the same time not so.

Having read this book, it was a good experience, I even learned a little about someone who's in my family line. Its amazing how much I've learned...more
Colette
Still keeping my attention
Alexander Adamson
This one some time to read. I just kind of got tired of it. I read like six Robert Jordan books in the middle of reading this one. I just fell in love with Robert Jordan's style of writing and I think that put a huge damper on Lund's books for me. I do not think it should of put a damper in his books because he is writing a historical fiction and Robert Jordan is completely fantasy. I do not know why I my turned off of Lund's sires, the Work and the Glory. I will eventually finish them all some...more
Brad Boyce
What a fun way to get another angle of church history. Lund's similes get on my nerves but oh well. This book was great in helping me understand what the context and feeling was among the people:(1) in England when the missionaries arrived. (2) dealing with the failure of the Kirtland safety society and apostasy in Kirtland. The forgiveness of Joshua was way too sappy, but instructive. I will take a little breatk from TWATG but I will finish the the series eventually.
Dahlene
I remembered later that I had a hard time with this book, not #3. This is the one with Haun's Mill and all those awful things that really happened to the early pioneers. I do think he wrote this book just as well as the others, but I would probably skip it if I were to read the series again, because I don't think I could handle it again. His writing seems so real as you read it. I feel as if I were there and it is just tough for me to read.
Debbie
I was able to force myself to read through the first 6 books, the original length of the set. There were only 2 interesting characters - Will and Joshua. Everyone else was cardboard, two dimensional and entirely predictable. Very interesting to those who love reading about the early days of the Mormon Church and some of the harrowing events that happened to them as long as you don't care about characterizations or plot lines.
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.
Richard Mcdonald
I'm enjoying volume 3 just as I have the first 2. This is my second read of the entire series but enjoying re-discovering parts I had forgotten. On to volume 4...which proved to be the most difficult volume for me in the past. Even though volume 3 is full of persecution and suffering for the early saints...volume 4 brings it to a crescendo. It's difficult to imagine how folks could be so evil towards the early saints.
Abigail
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.
Lydia
Some people might get angry that I only gave these volumes three stars, but the fictional family Lund added to these historical novel seemed a little too sappy for me. However, the historical part was fantastic, especially his writing of Haun's Mill. That was absolutely haunting. I just felt the fictional family was a little too melodramatic for my taste.
Deanna
Gerald Lund does a wonderful job of researching Church history and remaining faithful to the events that happened -- but his cliches and repetitive dialogue, unbelievable characters, and storylines that bog down in too many characters made finishing the series a teeth-gritting chore. But the three stars are for all I learned -- it was maybe worth it.
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