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Come Unto Me (The Kingdom and the Crown #2)

4.51 of 5 stars 4.51  ·  rating details  ·  4,589 ratings  ·  212 reviews
A dramatic account of Christ's ministry, as seen through the eyes of those who would follow him. In Come Unto Me, volume 2 of the bestselling series The Kingdom and the Crown, Simeon of Capernaum wrestles with how to undo the damage wrought by his reluctant conversion to a man called Jesus of Nazareth. His determination to follow the teachings of the Master has cost the li ...more
Paperback, 572 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Shadow Mountain (first published January 1st 2001)
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Laura
I looked forward to reading Volume 2 of The Kingdom and the Crown series and it did was as exceiting and informative as the first one. This story is told from those who encountered the Christ and the impact on their lives. One was the daughter of one of the ruling religious sects who accepting Jesus into her heart cuase a riff between her and her father and her struggle is told in vivid details that I could see her struggle in my minds eye. Another main character was Simeon who had to come to te ...more
Nina
Second in the Kingdom and the Crown trilogy. Loves this one as much as the first. I like it when people were scratching their heads trying to figure out what Jesus's parables meant (and how the author goes on to illuminate them is some of the best I've read). Jesus is central to what happens, but not the lead figure in the story. The lead characters are Jews trying to figure out what it would mean to live as Jesus asked them; members of the Sanhedrin trying to figure out how to quell this threat ...more
Kelly
I loved this book as much or more than the first one. Simeon is such a strong character. I love his boldness! It gets him into trouble sometimes, but that what makes the story so believable. Miriam is also one of my favorite characters.

In my opinion this book has less "doctrine" and more cultural references. I love it all the same. Such an amazing story. Last night I finished this book. It was late, but I nearly jumped on amazon and had the third book sent to my kindle so I didn't have to stop
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Denise
This book was good. I got a little bored when Simeon spent half the book tricking Yabbin. It could have been a lot shorter and you wouldn't have missed much. I was a little annoyed at the romance -- after 900 pages of flirting Miriam gives her love one boring kiss. Lund knows his history, but he is a little lame with the romance.

Lines I loved:

Whoever does not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he that has found one has found a treasur
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Beth
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Angie
Jun 21, 2010 Angie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults
I enjoyed this book much more than the first one. I came much closer to the characters, particularly Simeon and Miriam. I miss the playful banter between Simeon and Yehuda, though. I hope that he'll be able to accept Jesus eventually.

Reading this book was quite refreshing. I didn't feel any priority to this book, so I wasn't under constant pressure to read it. It also wasn't like reading Harry Potter—I didn't have to pace myself so that I wouldn't finish it too soon and be left sad that the ride
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Corinne
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Hazel McHaffie
This is the second book in Gerald Lund's 'The Kingdom and The Crown' series and because it's a sizeable tome (573 pages of small typeface print) it took a few days of illness to bring it to the top of my pile. But I found it absorbing and more than enough to keep me reading. It continues the story of Jewess Miriam bat Mordechai,and the zealot Simeon bar David. The setting is the time of Jesus' ministry and the effect he had on the common people as well as the Pharisees and Saducees, the leaders ...more
Alyssa
And who would have thought the 2nd book in the series could have been better than the first. I love this one better! I am loving more and more of the characters. I also am learning so much about the Jewish culture and what they believe. In this book I also learned more of the Roman empire. I am in sort of disgust by how the Romans demand duty over family (giving of wives, suicides, and the babies). Back to the story, I liked the way he portrays Jesus. He is so loving, caring, and giving. It make ...more
Victoria
What I love most about this book is that the people who are truly trying to be disciples of Christ are trying to figure out what that means and to change thier life accordingly. They search, ponder, pray, make mistakes and then start all over again. I also love the historical facts, the development of the charecters and, yes, romance. Obviously there is alot of pain and sadness in the third book, we all know Christs story, but there has to be sadness for his disciples as well. It will not only b ...more
Josh
I will put this review on all three books in the series to blanket statement them.

These are wonderful books based during the life and time of Christ. I knew how it would ultimately turn out for Christ of course but they gave great insight on how life may have been and the character of Christ. Although the scriptures are wonderful they are not written in a way that we can really pull out the true personality of any man in them. These books made all of the important characters come to life. I woul
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Cordell
If you want to better understand the Savior, Jesus Christ, then read this book. It is historical fiction about the events during the time of the Saviors life. It puts so much of what was going on around the time of the Savior into context. You can better understand how powerful the Saviors message is and how much hate there was for him by his enemys and therefor you understand more about him. This is my favorite Series of book by far. For example, I learned in this book that would walk around th ...more
Loralee
I finished reading this book shortly before Christmas. As I read the New Testament this year, this book and it's predecessor, Fishers of Men helped me visualize the Holy Land and understand the political and cultural climate that our Savior found himself living in. I am grateful for the careful research that Gerald Lund gave this project. I appreciated the footnotes at the end of each chapter that shared which Gospel that particular incident could be found and what historical documents he used t ...more
Diana
The title says "Vol. 2" but it is actually Vol. 1.

These books were all right but not fabulous. They gave me a little better understanding about Jewish culture at the time of Christ but I didn't feel like I gained any greater insight into the actual doings of the Savior. I did gain a little insight and perspective in His teachings but not much. I also didn't feel any emotional attachment to the Savior character in this book. Disappointing but understandable as the author (rightly) limited himself
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Christina
My thought about this book are very similar to the first in the series: Gerald Lund does a good job including major events from Christ's life, I enjoy the 'commentary' and discussion of the followers of Christ after he teaches, it is interesting to learn about Jewish traditions (and Roman traditions in this volume), and I really like the chapter notes with further historical insights and scripture references.

This volume relies more on the fictional family and includes very little of Christ's act
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Colette
I Loved this book! Gave a very good background to be able to envision as things may have been during the time when Jesus was teaching then.
Desi
So, due to a busy schedule, it took some time to read the first book in this three book set. B/c of summer, I was able to quickly read through the 2nd book and am now ready to read the 3rd. I've learned quite a bit about Roman history/traditions of the time, as well as Jewish history/traditions, probably many of which are still practiced today. Bro. Lund is an excellent writer. I HAD to read the 2nd book b/c when I was finished with the first one, it was as if all the characters lives were suspe ...more
Katherine
Gives you a new perspective on the life of Christ and what it would be like to live during that time.
Debbie
I enjoyed this book for the most part. This book was more about the fictitious family than about Jesus. More about their struggles in accepting him as the Messiah and how the people of the time - politicians and religious leaders - were starting to not like what was happening where Jesus was concerned. The story with the family has in's and out's with Pilot and the Romans in this book and I guess I started becoming a little weary of some of that part of the story. However, this story is still ve ...more
Rosanne
This book was really good but probably my least favorite of the trilogy because I felt the story got somewhat hijacked by Simeon's efforts in the uprising. (For a somewhat more in depth review of the series, see my review on book #1)
Jana
Lund weaves history, scripture and fiction together in such enjoyable ways!
Susan
Another great book in this series. Loved it! Definitely worth your time.
Naomi
I stayed up reading it! I got in trouble but it was so worth it!
Margaret
Come Unto Me is the second book after Fishers of Men. I really enjoyed this book. I thought the plot was very clever and kept me very intrigued, especially towards the ending. There wasn’t as much reference to the Savoir as the first book. I enjoy learning about the different customs with the Jewish, Romans and other groups of people. The love triangle story is entertaining. It is amazing to see the changes Simeon makes in his character because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. His example of obedi ...more
Lisa
I think the thing I love the most about Gerald Lund's books is that they teach me so much with so little effort on my part. The time-line of historical events becomes more clear to me, and he is so good at portraying the day-to-day life of different cultures and peoples. I learned so much about ancient Rome and the Holy Land in this series, and I loved it. One thing I would say, though, is that the pace of this series is a bit on the slow side. The books are long and take FOREVER to get through. ...more
Carolyn
I read this series one after another, because I was totally into the whole fictional story wrapped around the teachings of Christ. How will the author bring Christ's teachings into a fictional character's life? Beautifully, was my answer. There was a wonderful spirit in this book that touched my understanding of the times of Christ. The extreme greed, evil and misunderstanding versus the peaceful teachings of Christ. The overarching pressure of Roman domination was the earliest revelation to me.
Allison
Here is my problem with these books...redundant writing. I feel that many passages, words, phrases were repeated over and over again. The subject matter is so, so interesting, but I found myself wanting to skim sections because I felt I had already read something similar except a word or two numerous times. I was a little disappointed in the second and third books, but I am still glad I read them. I find myself seeing examples of the Saduccee's behavior in myself. Something to work on...
Elizabeth
Jun 21, 2011 Elizabeth is currently reading it
We finished the first book Fishers of Men, and we have moved on to book number two. I just had to quote this one line/scene because it cracked me up:

Simeon is trying to find ways to save his friends from Pilate. He tells a fellow rebel his plan. His fellow rebel thinks the idea is too dangers and stupid and says to Simeon, "That is like sticking your head in a crocodile's mouth and then smacking the animal to see if he is paying attention."

I would love to use that someday in a discussion.
Kimberly Fields
I enjoyed Come Unto Me, but not as much as Fishers of Men. Come Unto Me felt a lot more like filler. The plot was well written, but it felt more like a story that just happened to take place at the time of Christ than a story about Christ and his teachings. I would have liked to see a little more emphasis on the teachings and doings of Christ. It was still an enjoyable story, though-- especially now that I've been to and can picture a lot of the places mentioned in the book.
Richard
This is the second in the series of books called The Kingdom and Crown by Lund. Fictional families at the time of Christ and their becoming converted to the gospel by watching and observing The Christ in action. Well written; presents how it could have been as people had to make choices between their past lives and the lives of a disciple. Evil Sadducees and Pharacies are presented. Footnotes at the end of each chapter help one to get a perspective of the times.
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