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So Great a Cause (The Work and the Glory #8)

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,961 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Gerald Lund's magnificent historical novels have sold millions of copies and stand as a monument to the struggles and the trials of the early saints. The reader will follow and fall in love with the fictional Steed family as the wonderful characters come vividly to life. In volume 8, the pioneer trek begins. The Steed family is scattered among the different groups heading ...more
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Published February 1st 2007 by Deseret Book (first published January 1st 1997)
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Michelle Christensen
May 31, 2016 Michelle Christensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds-fiction
All throughout this book and the struggles of the trail, I found myself wondering "what is the rush?" Just get to Winter Quarters, that's all you need to do. Then, as the book clearly reminded, that wasn't the original plan. The original plan was to go straight to the Salt Lake Valley. This book was a great refresher about the decisions that were made at the time and without the vantage point of the future.

As with all these books, the writing is okay. The characters are not well-rounded. But, th
Jul 29, 2011 Allyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds
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
For about 450 pages of this book, the most prominent thought I had was, "Man this book is boring." Despite the trek west being such an important part of Mormon history, the story just did not interest me in this book. Peter's and Will's story lines did nothing for the book except drag out what should have been the last book of the series. I would read chapters at a time and wonder why each chapter made it past the cutting-room floor.

The book's one redeeming quality is Joshua's conversion. Joshua
Feb 15, 2011 Rick rated it really liked it
Gerald Lund put his characters in the various key trek's for the migration of the Saints including, the pioneer trek from Nauvoo, the Donner Party trek, and the sailing of the Brooklyn ship from New York to yerba buena (San Francisco). The pioneer trek was most interesting as the difficulties faced by the Saints were well portrayed by Lund. In addition, the difficulty Brigham Young must have had with the organization and administration of the entire affair is well penned. The details about the B ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Jenn rated it really liked it
loved this series
Feb 23, 2008 Rebekah rated it really liked it
I've really enjoyed all these historical fiction novels in this series. I've learned so much about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints through these novels. They are pretty good stories, too. A little cheesy and sappy at times, but the research is well done.
Inspired Kathy
Apr 09, 2010 Inspired Kathy rated it it was amazing
Great series. I wish they would continue to make the movies of these books.
May 16, 2016 Hila rated it really liked it
In the wake of the family's tragedy while crossing the Mississippi River on their way out of Nauvoo, IL, the Steed family must carry on and keep moving. With bad weather conditions, the Steeds and hundreds of other Latter-Day Saint families are forced to camp not far from Nauvoo for days longer than anticipated. Trial after trial besets the Saints in the beginning of their journey, but finally the weather changes and Spring arrives. Finally, progress is made.

Though there has been much sorrow, t
Apr 13, 2013 Merrilyn rated it really liked it
Love this series. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (especially anyone like me who HATES learning history from a history book). This series has the perfect balance of actual history and fiction for my taste.

The only reason I did not give the last two books five stars was because of the author's decision to have some of the characters go west with the Donner-Reed party. I actually did like reading abou
I think this may be my favorite so far. I felt I connected with this more than any in the series, yet. (Kind of sad, considering there is only one book left!) I wondered how the trek west would be handled in the series. I'm glad Lund decided not to squish it all into one book. And reaching the Missouri River was a perfect stopping point. Interesting to see the family in different situations making their way west. (I am quite intrigued to see if there was a particular reason why Lund chose the il ...more
Jun 02, 2009 Ashley rated it really liked it
I'm trying to just go ahead and finish the series. It's much easier to follow when you just read them in order.

Book 8 goes from March 1846-June 1846 and follows the Saints as they leave Nauvoo and ends with them arriving near the Missouri River. Because of weather and other issues, the Saints were a full two months behind schedule in June. It took the first company 4 months to travel only 300 miles. Because of this, Brigham decided to build up three waystations and send an advance party of men
Jan 08, 2012 06mckader rated it really liked it
The steeds were heading west! They were following their hearts and heading west with all of the other LDS members at that time. Well Actually, they were being forced out if there homes by threat of the mobs, but the problem wasn't the mobs, it was the military. The U.S. boundries at the time ended in illinois Utah, so when the President heard the mormons were leaveing the U.S., he started to hunt them down, and gave orders to exterminate the mormons forgood. In the steeds reush to leave,
Jul 04, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2008 Cordell rated it really liked it
If you start reading this series you'd better be ready because its a long one by book 8 I was getting tired of the same story but still felt compelled to finish it.
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 i
07mckenna M
Apr 11, 2013 07mckenna M rated it it was amazing
I love this book it truly has taught me so much about my ansesstors and makes me respect those on the plains it has taught me about the history of the detail is so wonderful and I love it. I always knew that the pioneers went through a lot but had no clue just how much... before they hit the wilderness that is. I must say I am still very sad that Kathryn and Peter are with the Donner Party I just have to hope they survive the hard times they are about to go through. I am so happy Joshua has foun ...more
Apr 08, 2015 Dan rated it liked it
This installment in the series was as mired as the saints crossing Iowa with regards to portions of the plot having to do with the history of the church. Token sections featuring the three couples separated from the main body of the Steed family (Will and Alice, Peter and Catherine, and Melissa and Carl) did little to help other than show Will and Alice's journey (the sea is more fun than mud), Catherine's recovery (when will the cannibals be revealed?), and Melissa's reconciliatio
Mar 29, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
Tough to say. This may be my favorite of the series. There were things in here that were so awesome on so many levels. I have learned a lot of good things by reading this series. Lots of things in here that spoke to me personally.
May 12, 2016 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was really interesting. It focuses on the time period from when the Saints were preparing to leave Nauvoo until they reach the Missouri River. Although I've studied Church History, I learned a lot in this book. I had no idea it took them so long to get across Iowa. Because the weather that Spring was so terrible, most days they only traveled 2 miles a day! I gained a much greater appreciation for what the pioneers experienced as they started their journey across the plains. Now on to b ...more
Christine Maynor
Jun 21, 2011 Christine Maynor rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an amazing book. So the saints start on their journey west towards the Rocky Mountains in February of 1846 and they think they will be able to reach the Rocky Mountains in time to plant crops for the winter. But they have many challenges along the way. They decide to build a few temporary camps along the way for the saints who will come after them. I don't want to give away too much, but the ending of the book is something that you've been waiting to happen for the whole series. Amazin ...more
Jul 12, 2014 Naomi added it
totally epic!
Jamie Hendrickson
May 14, 2012 Jamie Hendrickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. It took me eight months to read this book. That was becasue I kept putting it off because I wanted to read other books and had to read books for English, but I still really liked it! I don't remember some of the things at the beginning, but then about half way, I started reading it really fast and finished the last half in less than a month. Sad to realize that this is the second-to-last book in the series. :( Gonna miss those Steeds!
Nov 19, 2008 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: series
Good book. This one lacks the intensity and such of some of the others but still has good insights to scripture and gospel topics. I liked reading the characters thoughts on different scriptures and see how they taught each other gospel principles. This book is about the saints beginning journey to the salt lake valley. Overall a good book, one that allows you to think about your own testimony and what you believe.
Tanya W
Apr 25, 2010 Tanya W rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 26, 2009 Becky rated it liked it
I enjoyed the entire series of the Work and the Glory, but by the time I got to this book I was getting very sick of them. I felt like it would never end by this book. I took me like 5 months to finally finish this book when the rest of the books took me only about 1 month a piece to finish. I probably should have taken a break and come back to them instead of reading them all in a row.
About this point in the series I started getting a little weary of the Steeds. There were so many of them. I know this sounds terrible, but there were so many deaths on the exodus west yet all of the Steeds (or the vast majority at least) survived. Why couldn't Lund kill a few of the characters off. I got bogged down in all the family story lines that weren't even that interesting.
Dec 30, 2008 Deanna rated it liked it
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.
Francesca Hurley
Apr 07, 2008 Francesca Hurley rated it it was amazing
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Nov 12, 2009 Olivia rated it really liked it
Shelves: church-related
This was more like a 4 1/2 stars book. My favorite parts were about Will and Alice and Peter and Kathryn. I found myself skipping through the the part about the "main body" of the Steeds. I just thought that part was kind of long. I love Savannah!!!!!! She is so funny! I can't wait to see what happens to Carl and Melissa in the next book.
Mar 26, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
I read the series while I worked during the summer break of college. It was really a good time for me to read these because I worked at hotels at night and I needed a comforting book to read. Although there was a lot of conflict in these books, I loved the story of the families and their love and the overal theme. I loved these books!
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Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He served for thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, and he served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008. He is a prolific and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction and is best known for his historical novels, including The Work and the Glory series, Fi ...more
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