Fishers of Men (The Kingdom and the Crown, #1)
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Fishers of Men (The Kingdom and the Crown #1)

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Fishers of Men is a sweeping epic filled with memorable characters who bring to life an extraordinary time in the history of the world. It is a story about the importance of family, the power of faith, the miracle of forgiveness, and the strength needed to follow your heart.
Paperback, 642 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Shadow Mountain
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Beth
Sep 11, 2008 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Beth by: Ashley
When I’d finished the Work and the Glory, I decided to go to the Kingdom and the Crown series next. The premise sounded great: in a similar vein to Lund’s more famous series, a fictional family is followed during a pivotal moment in history: this time, during the time of Christ. Researched like a history book but as readable as a novel, it promised to provide real learning in a fun way.

And then, for some reason that I still can’t put my finger on, I couldn’t even get past the prologue. It went b...more
Brona
I hesitated to start reading these books because I figured it would be the same old, same old. I've read about Christ's life in the Bible, learned about His life at church for over 40 years - the story isn't going to change, right? I guess I forgot who was writing the books. Mr. Lund can make the same old, same old become riveting and a book I don't want to put down until I'm finished. And when I say "a" book, I mean all three of them.

With a desire to be accurate as well as fair to differring op...more
Lori
I had mixed feelings reading this book.
The positive: I learned so much. Tons of detailed information about ancient Judaean life; social classes, roles, beliefs, Pharisees, Sadducees, zealots, gentiles, Rome, the layout of the temple, rituals, and on and on. Some things I already knew, but maybe not in so much detail, and some knowledge was totally new. All of these things went a long way in putting biblical events in context, being able to consider how Christ's teachings might be received by dif...more
Elizabeth
When my husband saw the series "The Kingdom and the Crown" on sale at Deseret Book, he suggested we buy them and read them together. Forget the fact I have never read a book with someone since my parents read to me as a kid, I just wasn't that interested. I decided to humor him because it did mean some one-on-one time with him.

Never before have I tried to read a book that is fiction based solely off of scripture. I never got into Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites even. I didn't like the movie ver...more
Janet
This is another LDS church book. I had friends that so highly recommended it that I was surprised to find how hard of a time I had getting into it. I started it several times and just quit. If you know me and books, I just don't do that. I will read ANYTHING. And even if I hate it, I have the hardest time not finishing it. I thought I had finally found the book I couldn't finish...and wouldn't care if I didn't. But I love stories of Christ...how could I not like this??? So, one last chance. My p...more
Helen
Nov 04, 2007 Helen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody
I loved loved loved this book. After reading The Work and the Glory, and then this, Gerald N Lund has to be my favorite author.

Anyways, when I first started reading this book, maybe the first chapter, I was a little intimidated because I thought that I wasn't really "in touch" with this time era, and the terms would be too difficult for me to understand what it really meant. But the author gives super details and explains so much to make you really understand the time that all of this took place...more
Kate
With this series I was drawn into the story right from the beginning. I particularly enjoyed the way the author worked the teachings and events from Jesus' life into the narration in a natural way, so that it was as if we are there watching the actual events transpire. Lund's work has helped me reach a level of clarity regarding the Savior's ministry. This series did a wonderful job helping me understand which characters in the books are really from the New Testament, and where he was favoring c...more
Michelle Llewellyn
Having just finished reading and summarizing the entire Work and the Glory Series here, my link text I decided I might as well re-read Gerald Lund's next historical series which is just OK, will never come close to surpassing Work and the Glory and here's why:
The family of David ben Joseph is the golden investigator family. Everyone immediately accepts the Man from Nazareth. Only the second oldest son, a Robin Hood Zealot complete with a band of trusty merry men, struggles in his testimony which...more
Lauralee
After reading "Echo in the Darkness," I was left disturbed by the perversion and feeling empty. I immediately picked up this series after a recommendation from a dear friend, and I just devoured it. What an amazing series about the 3 year ministry of Jesus Christ! I felt like I was one of his close disciples experiencing first hand the many miracles performed and parables taught by Him. What a powerful and moving experience. I learned so much!
Laura
I love how this book follows many of the paths in the life of Jesus along with others who were impacted by the information received from the prophets of old about the coming of a Savior who would save. I was especially impacted for instance about one of the shepards who was visited by the angels when the Christ child was born and how he wondered about the young boy child who was born. The Zealot movement which was one of many movements where the thought was what Christ coming would mean and how...more
Rosanne
I'd been wanting to read this series for a while and finally started it when I felt I had some time to give. I was reluctant because I remembered the Work and the Glory being somewhat cheesy, but I really wanted to learn more about the Savior's life.

As far as the whole series goes, I wasn't disappointed. But in the first book it takes a long time to introduce Him and I kept just waiting...and waiting...and waiting. The introduction of the characters and back stories took a really long time, and...more
Kari
What an amazing writer Elder Lund is. He has a wonderful talent of taking historial/biblical events and makes they come to life. Just like in the Work and the Glory books, I get to read a great story and learn some histoy at the same time. What great joy I have had in reading this first books.
Amie
This is a fabulous series from Gerald Lund detailing the time of the Savior's life. This book follows a family who have to decide for themselves is Jesus is the Son of God or merely a good person.
Pam
Started out a bit slow but then picked up and was hard to put down.
Michelle Christensen
I started to read this book many times and couldn't get through it. It was so full of cliche's and Sunday School lessons.

However, I did listen to it as a recorded book. When I did that, I really enjoyed the book. While busy weeding, folding laundry, or driving, I could zone out a bit during the Sunday School lesson and tune back in when the story picked back up again.

Some have not wanted to read it because it personalizes the Savior. Gerald Lund treats him with great care. That is true. However...more
Angie
Jun 18, 2010 Angie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
This book is the first adult book I have read in a long time. I have been reading mostly young adult literature for the past several months, and I had gotten used to the quick pace and lack of unnecessary baggage. So at first, this book was hard to get through. I felt that Elder Lund was taking way too much liberty in describing his characters and the things around them. But then I realized that most adult books are like that, and I let it go.

The next thing that bothered me was the amount of tim...more
Megan
Good book!! It should be 3 1/2. It reminded me alot of the book "one in thine hand". This series is set up alot like the work and the Glory but is in New Testament setting. The thing I appreciate most about this book is what I learned about Sadducees and Pharisees. This book really helped me to understand the background of these two religious sects and why they treated the savior the way they did. And also why the savior said some of the things he did to them. It opened up alot of understand of...more
Sundy DeGooyer
After the Book of Mormon, this is probably my favorite set of books. People who say that the story of Jesus is the greatest story ever told, are right. And these books definitely tell the story in a way that is easy to understand, follow and helps us to gain a testimony of our Savior.
Upon finishing these novels, I have felt driven to explore the New Testament again. I am amazed at how closely Lund's series shadows the chronological harmony version of the King James Version of the New Testament...more
Juliana
"Finally!" was all I could gasp as I finished this lengthy book. The writing style drove me crazy: constantly shifting points of view, too much time between story lines, unnecessary repetition of facts (yeah, thanks, we caught that ten pages ago...) and modernization of a sacred story.

I know that people cry their hearts out with how wonderful these books are, but I just couldn't love this one. It was interesting from a "things might have been like that point of view, but I would prefer a more p...more
Melissa
I read all of the "Work and the Glory" books in about 3 weeks. And I'll admit, by the time I was done, I was annoyed with the series. But, I think I could read this first book of "The Kingdom and the Crown" over and over.

It's actually a very similar premesis as the WatG series. It's about a fictional family living at the time of Christ. It goes into detail about how the Pharasee's, Saducee's and Zealots believed the law of Moses should be intrepeted. It paints a wonderful picture of how the peop...more
Kimberly Fields
I am a big fan of Gerald Lund's Kingdom and the Crown series. I've found it to be far less cheesy than The Work and The Glory series, with a lot of useful insight into the scriptures. It might sound far-fetched to say I could learn about the scriptures from a fiction book, but Gerald Lund's Kingdom and the Crown series is remarkably well researched. Lund includes detailed notes at the end of each chapter, explaining sources for his historical and scriptural material. It's a refreshing change aft...more
Margaret
Fishers of Men is about a fictional families who lived around the time of Christ. The story starts when Jesus starts his ministry. One of the families is friends with some of the apostles and they witness the miracles and teachings of Jesus first hand. It goes through each one of the characters conversions to Jesus being the Messiah. They each have their struggles they have to overcome to realize he is the promised one.

This was an excellent book to read. Not only because I learned much about th...more
Becky Rose
My dad read this series before he died and since I got the 2 book on CD for free I read the first one. I really liked it! It really takes you there, with the issues facing the day, the fractions of Jews, the Roman empire, the places and how far it took to get there.

2 fictional families: a zealot, a Sadducee, a Pharisees and a few Roman soldiers. The book made me get out my scriptures and write stuff in there, and look stuff up on line. I could see how people could easily believe and how others...more
Denise
This book was great! I learned so much about the Savior. The only problem was that the list of characters are so long that I kept getting lost. I really like the notes at the end -- very informative. I wish I had read these before I went to Israel last year.

Lines that I loved:

No other single life has so profoundly changed the course of history and influenced humanity.

Even our basic division of time into two great eras is marked by his birth.

Numerous wars have been fought in his name.

The common p...more
Alyssa
After I read The Robe, I became intrigued with the Jewish culture, and Jerusalem during Christ time. What better way to learn a little bit and have a great fiction unfold. And what a great story. I love the way Lund writes. I also have a different perspective on the stories about Jesus. For instance the feeding of the 5000 with 2 fish and 5 small loaves of bread, and the woman who touches Jesus Robe, and the many encounters with the Sadducee and Pharisee. I grew up with those, but to get an "eye...more
Jana
To me this is the definitive narrative of its kind. I have always been a fan of Gerald Lund, but he has outdone himself on this one.

This story is about two very different families. The first is from Galilee and has strong roots in the zealot movement while the second is part of the Great Sanhedrin of Jerusalem. They come into contact with each other through a mutual enemy, a highway robber of Samaria. In the midst of the political unrest, a man named Jesus of Nazareth begins to teach. A family t...more
Melanie
After reading the Mark of Lion series, I have been very interested in the early Christian time period. I remembered that I had this book sitting on my one of my bookcases for the last 10 years that I had never read. I just finished it and I LOVED it! I have enjoyed (so much) learning more about the culture and customs of the time when Jesus was on the Earth. It makes his words and teachings have a deeper meaning for me--I have had lots of "ah ha" moments. It is really fun to study my Bible latel...more
Kirk
This has to be one of the most fulfilling books I have read in a very long time. Sure, I've given many 5 star ratings in the past, but, this book is of a religous nature and, consequently, trancends action and other elements I usually yearn for when I read. I really loved this book. It was a first for me. I have never read a religous fiction novel before. Then to have this novel teach me so much about the times of Christ, Jewish rituals, customs, etc... Let me just say that I cannot believe I co...more
Vicki
I struggled to get through this book at first. The language, names and Jewish customs were all very unfamiliar to me. I had the first two volumes in this series, and then when I finally tracked down the third one, it had been long enough, I couln't remember the story line very well, so I went back and re-read the first two volumes. I enjoyed them much more the second time. I have now read them each 4 times, and the last time I read them, I read with the purpose of cross refrencing some of Lund's...more
Maggi
This series is one of my all time favorite books. The series is written by the same author of Work and the Glory but it is so so much better. When my parents gave me these books I thought, oh great, some boring church books, but when I finally got around to picking the first volume up I couldn't put it down. The plot in very entertaining with love, war, politics, and history all intricately involved but what I love about this book in addition to the entertainment value is the way it helped me to...more
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