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Dear and Glorious Physician

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Today St. Luke is known as the author of the third Gospel of the New Testament, but two thousand years ago he was Lucanus, a Greek, a man who loved, knew the emptiness of bereavement, and later traveled through the hills and wastes of Judea asking, "What manner of man was my Lord?" And it is of this Lucanus that Taylor Caldwell tells here in one of the most stirring storie

Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Published June 1st 1982 by Bantam Books (first published 1958)
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Jan 28, 2011 Patrick rated it really liked it
The plotting in this novel is leisurely by postmodern standards, and Taylor Caldwell's prose sometimes veers toward purple, with each Antiochan, Alexandrian, and Roman sunset seemingly more beautiful than the one before it, and scented gardens hosting conversations between principal characters.

Despite those flaws, "Dear and Glorious Physician" is -- like "Quo Vadis" -- a novel for the ages, full of lush description, virtuous friendship, and dark nights of the soul. Its confident portrayal of fi
Willa Grant
Apr 14, 2009 Willa Grant rated it it was amazing
I read this first in the summer of 1966- my Mom had gotten it out of the library & my best friends were on vacation so I started reading it out of boredom. This is NOT a kids book BTW! The story stuck in my sub-conscience & when I joined The International Order of St Luke I remembered it & decided to re-read it.
This is a "historical novel" about St Luke or Lucanus as he was called in life. St Luke (like St Paul)never saw Jesus. He was a Greek physician who as a convert decided to wr
Mar 24, 2008 Cherry rated it liked it
This was a great way to understand the time Christ lived in (the Bible being the best of course, Then Jesus the Christ by James Talmage) through characters that crossed his path, Christ is not the main character in this novel but is the main point of this novel. It is a wonderful journey I did feel a gained a bit of insight into that time, a greater appreciation of what was involved with those early saints and humble followers of Christ and what they went through with so many different cultures ...more
Feb 26, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing
This is probably the best book I have ever read. It is incredibly humbling to read. My favorite part is reading of Luke's childhood. His innocent devotion to God convicts and exhorts us to do the same. This book changed the way I viewed God and the way I relate to him.

Taylor Caldwell can just flat out write. Her sentences are packed with imagery. Each word is measured for maximum power. Intelligent? Why yes she is. This fact smacks you in the face. I had to look up much of the Greek mythologica
May 29, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it
A somewhat old-fashioned although beautifully written book. This novel tells the story of St. Luke, called herein Lucanus, from childhood, adoption by a kindly Roman patrician as the latter's son, medical studies in Alexandria, to his wanderings to serve the poor. He comes to a belief in Christ as Messiah after railing against God for years because of the deaths of loved ones and the cruelty of men against others. He has the marvelous idea to write down what he hears about Christ. The prose is r ...more
Mar 29, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taylor Caldwell is an author I have been aware of for a good long while but have never read. Thanks to a recommendation by BYU football coach, Bronco Mendenhall by way of his mother, I chose to break that particular drought in my literary experience by reading this story about Luke of New Testament fame. My future reading of the twenty-four chapters of St. Luke will never be the same again.

Three quarters of this book deals with Luke aka Lucanus’s conversion. The remaining quarter of the novel f
Nov 21, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone

Dear and Glorious Physician - Now correctly reviewed under its own title!

I read this book (and several others by the author) a long, long time ago. Putting aside the "disciple" aspect of Luke (which wasn't a factor), I read it because

a) he was a physician and
b) it's set in the early Roman Empire.

Since I've always been into science and did lots of Western (i.e. Greco-Roman) Ancient History and took Latin for six years as a teenager, this book hit on all three.

From what I remember, I liked t
Bill Jackman
Aug 25, 2012 Bill Jackman rated it really liked it
Have read several times, but it has been several decades since the last time. I enjoyed it before, so expect I will still like it.

I still liked it, but had several disapointments. I know more of the history of the time now. There were a lot of historical inaccuracies. Women only had meaning in reationship to the men around them . Men aren't featured much better. A good woman will only love one man her entire life. A good man may love a second woman if the first one dies.

Taylor Caldwell started
Kim Preslar
Aug 06, 2009 Kim Preslar rated it really liked it
This book was a wonderful look at a man that not much is known about. It was quite obvious that Ms. Caldwell researched her subject well. This is the story of Luke, or Lucanus from the New Testament. In the story, Luke despises a God who would allow his children to suffer from physical pain, ailments,etc... He sets out to heal as many people as he can. And then he was introduced to a lowly man from Gallilee who could heal with a mere thought to the oppressed. The story details the fascinating tr ...more
Sep 14, 2010 booklady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in St. Luke
Interesting interpretation of St. Luke's life. Not Gospel by any means, but still worth reading.

I never saw the Evangelist to the Gentiles as quite so tormented as Caldwell portrays him here ... so this book gave me a lot to mull over. But it does raise the question/issue of great suffering being a prerequisite of great sanctity and deep compassion. And yet, it wasn't so much what happened to him as how the Spirit within him worked on those events. A very thought-provoking read.
Oct 07, 2007 Ruth rated it liked it
I love reading books that close friends have recommended to me. I know my friend better now after reading his favorite book.

I really enjoyed this book -- the best part is the last chapter in part 1. I feel like this book went on a little too long, once Lucanus began meeting with the biblical figures to write his Gospel, I felt this part was a bit repetitive.

But the atmosphere of ancient Rome was fantastic, and Lucanus's journey to faith was well worth the read.
Mar 24, 2008 Marsha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in religious history
This book is a novel, but I believe a pretty historically close novel. It takes place in the antient world around the peak and beginning of the fall of Rome. It follows the life of St. Luke and his relationship to Jesus Christ. He never actually met Jesus in this life, but without knowing it, was always searching for him. There is great character building that makes them truly believable. The author gives a bibliography of the research he has done.
Aug 27, 2012 Kathi rated it it was amazing
Currently re-reading this wonderful book on the life of St. Luke. She researched this for decades and you can tell by all of the minutae that is included. St. Luke never met Christ, but he has one of the most beautiful books in the New Testament.
Holly Weiss
Jun 07, 2014 Holly Weiss rated it it was amazing
From Taylor Calwell's Author Note: it is obvious that much love and research went into this tale of the life of Luke, author of the 3rd Gospel and noted physician of his time.
Sep 27, 2015 Margaret rated it liked it
Giving this three stars in memory of enjoying it when I was a teenager. Now I just found it plodding and pedestrian.
Jun 24, 2013 LemonLinda rated it it was amazing
This is a novel based on the author's vision of the life of St. Luke. Caldwell gives us the story of Lucanus, son of a Grecian freedman, adopted son of a Roman tribune, a practicing physician who was highly educated and heavily influenced by many who believed in the "Unknown God". Lucanus was a man who lived a parallel life during the ministry of Jesus and who although he had rejected God for much of his adult life due to the suffering, misery and death of loved ones, came to fully believe and k ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Publshed in 1958, this book remains a worthwhile read. It is not a book that can be defined by a simple review and the rich, beautiful symbolism is a joy to read. Whilst it is indeed a story of a man finding his path in both a physical and spiritual way, there are a lot of sub-plots that are engaging. However, the motives of the characters are less than plausible and some times comes across as one dimensional because it is not always guaranteed that the reader will be able to "understand" the ac ...more
Apr 07, 2013 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenn by: Fr. John Riccardo
Shelves: catholic-books
This was a lovely book to read. I started reading it about 2 1/2 years ago, at the suggestion of a friend, but became distracted and did not pick it up again until late this Lent. Today is Divine Mercy Sunday 2013, and I have finally finished.

Some people have complained about the overly descriptive text and the slow pace of the book. I think this is merely a symptom of our culture, which is easily irritated by things which are not graphic, fast-paced and constantly engaging. This book invites yo

Can you be mad at someone who is dead? Well, I suppose so. I am mad at Taylor Caldwell because it took me so long to read this book. It was the #7 bestseller of 1959. I have read a fair share of what I call "Jesus books" in My Big Fat Reading Project so far. The tone in these books is usually a similar one of wonder and faith but after a while you see that it is all conjecture because no one writing these books was there. The Gospels in the Bible are I guess the closest thing to a true account.

Aug 30, 2012 Janice rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Luke has always been one of my favorite books because of the detailed version of all the events. Ms. Caldwell's writing of Luke's scientific mind is, in contrast, very flourid and artistic and captures the miracle of nature in an otherwise mundane setting. Without being cheesy or over the top, I feel she captured the essence of Jesus' purpose and love for humanity through Lucanus' instinctive personal realization - beginning with his pure childhood understanding and then evolvin ...more
Lenny Husen
Nov 01, 2013 Lenny Husen rated it it was ok
This book deserves 3 stars, but I feel compelled to give it 2 just to combat all the folks who gave it 4 or 5 stars. I give it 2 as far as how I liked the book, and 3 for the work, devotion, and love that went into writing this.
It is just when a reader (me) differs in such tremendous extent from a writer's philosophy, that the reader cannot truly enjoy or appreciate the book.
Good points: well written, if verbose and too many descriptions of statues, the sky, the terrain, the trees. But the writi
May 02, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
My mother suggested I read this book about 30 years ago. I really don't like writers who take 30 words to say what 4 words will do, and Taylor Caldwell does just that. I however, fell in love with this wonderful book.

It is a fictional account of the life of Luke, of the four gospel fame. It starts with his early childhood and goes thru his life. She weaves a beautiful story of a young man who realized that he would find his happiness in life by serving others. It goes thru his life until after
Jul 24, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing
There is nothing like word of mouth to resurrect an old book. Caroline Miller's novel, Lamb in His Bosom, laid dormant for many decades until my mother's book club somehow discovered it, read it, and subsequently spread it among their reading circles as if it were just recently written. Written in 1958, Dear and Glorious Physician somehow made its way to a friend's hands in 2014. This friend who lives in New Orleans had just recently lost her brother in a tragic accident, and found this book com ...more
Another magnificent book by Taylor Caldwell telling the story of St Luke. He was Lucanus who was born in Greece and was raised by a Roman governor of Antioch. He studied medicine in Alexandria and since then he tried to save the life of all humble men and women whom have been suffering from the Roman's abuse. Once he learns of the life and death of Jesus, he started traveled to all places where Jesus had been in order learn and understand His mission among us.
Jul 27, 2014 Heather rated it liked it
This story gives a different perspective of Roman/Greek/Biblical times and events within, including the birth and life of Jesus. I enjoyed the story as well as the fresh perspective. The most "out of brain" moment was reading the tribune's rant on Rome and realizing you could put America in for every time he said Rome and President for every Caesar and practically be describing today's world from a book written in 1959. A bit strange or prophetic...can't decide which. Here's the quote if you wan ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Unabridged audio.

The novelized life of Luke the writer of the third Gospel of the New Testament. While it's readable and a lasting story I'd remind all that it's a novel. So, enjoy (I suppose ) but get your theology from the book the main character transcribed a couple of thousand years ago.
Jul 20, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Read this in Chicago when husband was in Grad school and my minute salary was all we were living on, in student housing on the So Side of Chicago....the buildings, the urban energy and population were overwhelming at times....and this book was a nightly solace. A classic.
Nov 05, 2015 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone; ancient Greco-Roman historical Christian fiction;
Recommended to Gloria by: Carol
This is a historical novel about the writer of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. It portends to go from Lucanus' childhood until he met with Saul of Tarsus and the Apostle Peter. This book is divided into three parts.

The first part covers Lucanus' childhood training and the Greco-Roman setting (politics/economics) he grew up in. (view spoiler)

The second part covers Lucanus' trainin
Feb 12, 2014 Ivan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Médico de cuerpos y almas
Taylor Caldwell

“¿Quién de nosotros preferiría pasar sin el conocimiento del bien y del mal? No saber es no ser hombre. Oh dioses.”

Esta novela se encuentra inspirada por la vida de uno de los más leídos y conocidos escritores de la historia, San Lucas. Cada día miles de personas, sin importar el credo que profesen, encuentran en sus palabras consuelo, enseñanzas, historia y lecciones importantes para su vida. La Biblia sin lugar a dudas es uno de los libros más importante
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Mar 16, 2014 Book Riot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taylor Caldwell brought St. Luke to bold and beautiful life in the book. Her research created a human being, not just a biblical saint. The imagery of the people, places, and events was breathtaking. The story of his conflicts with himself and with God throughout the novel and his coming to terms with his understanding of God's purpose and plan for the world and embracing his special calling is only the same as what most people go through at different times in our lives. Caldwell caught that so ...more
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Also known by the pen names Marcus Holland and Max Reiner.

Taylor Caldwell was born in Manchester, England. In 1907 she emigrated to the United States with her parents and younger brother. Her father died shortly after the move, and the family struggled. At the age of eight she started to write stories, and in fact wrote her first novel, The Romance of Atlantis, at the age of twelve (although it
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