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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

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Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Published June 1st 1982 by Bantam Books (first published 1958)
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Patrick
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...more
Cherry
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
Willa Grant
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...more
Andrew
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...more
Laura
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...more
Mike
Nov 21, 2013 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars 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...more
Kim Preslar
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
Ruth
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.
Marsha
Mar 24, 2008 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars 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.
Kathi
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.
LemonLinda
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
Ruth
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
Jenn
Apr 07, 2013 Jenn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Judy


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.

A...more
Janice
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
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...more
Kelly
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...more
Bill Jackman
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...more
booklady
Sep 14, 2010 booklady rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Kim
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.
Ivan
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...more
Holly Weiss
Apr 15, 2014 Holly Weiss is currently reading it
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.
Book Riot
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
Linda Yezak
Such a tedious read. I couldn't finish it.
Rebekah Choat
Synopsis:

From childhood, Lucanus has a deep sensitivity to, and an uncanny ability to alleviate, the pain of others. During his youth, he also has several mystical encounters with a symbol of horror and suffering - a cross. As he matures, he is nurtured and taught first by tutors at home, and then at the university in Alexandria. Upon completion of his physician's training, he embarks on a career ministering almost exclusively to those who most need and can least afford good medical care. Althou...more
Kathy Jackson
I didn’t think I’d ever get to the end of the book but I did around 3:30 this morning. I have to admit, I was ready for it to be over. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t that I didn’t like it – but over 1500 pages is a bit ridiculous. I seriously would have cut out so much if it had been me but obviously a lot of people loved it so what do I know?

Caldwell did a wonderful job describing the era – what an amazing era it was too. I thought the story took too long to develop – the first 600 pages flew by...more
Superiu
La historia de la vida de Lucano (San Lucas), contemporáneo de Jesús, en la que siempre estuvo vinculado a los acontecimientos alrededor de grandes personalidades, como su padre adoptivo, el César Tiberio, Poncio Pilatos y otros personajes que también influyeron en los acontecimientos de la vida de Jesús.

Lucano nunca conoció a Jesús e incluso visitó la tierra Isreal hasta después de la ascensión, pero durante toda su vida, las señales no las lograba interpretar de manera correcta y tuvo una enem...more
Cynthia Egbert
I loved this book! We know so little about Luke and I realize that this is fiction but Ms. Caldwell is almost more historian than fiction writer in many ways. Her grasp on Rome and the what lead to its fall is powerful. I had read this initially as a library copy but I had order my own because there was so many great quotes to mark...The following quote is my favorite...

"You misunderstand me, Priscus. I know that it was inevitable that Rome become what she is. Republics decay into democracies, a...more
Ellen
I'm so glad i finished this book. It took such a long time to read 2 months. Its long. It seems well researched. It was well-written although it did drag in sponts. I didn't quite agree with all her imaginings. She imagined the apostle John as an angry, zealous, rambunctious man. She portrayed both him and his brother and Peter as distrustful men, unanxious to share their messiah with the untrustworthy gentiles. She portrayed Luke as god-like. She imagined that the wisemen of the orient honored...more
Marci
Taylor Caldwell studied for 20 years to write this book about the life of St. Luke. I have thoroughly enjoyed Taylor Caldwell's writing since I was a young girl. This is one of her best.

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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 t...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...more
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