Praise to the Man (The Work and the Glory, #6)
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Praise to the Man (The Work and the Glory #6)

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Written with a dramatic intensity and an eye for historical detail that thousands of readers have come to appreciate in previous volumes, Praise to the Man — volume 6 in the series The Work and the Glory — follows the story of the restored Church and of the ficitonal Steed family from the summer of 1841 to the summer of 1844. Several momentous events take place during this...more
Audio Cassette, 733 pages
Published October 10th 1998 by Bookcraft (first published 1995)
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Megan
This was really good!! It was one of those books that after every few chapters I wanted to turn to the scriptures and think and study about something that was said or taught. I learned more about truly giving yourself to God, sacrifice, plural marriage, the trials of emma smith, The work rolling forth that no unhallowed hand can stop, and so much more. This was the book that Joseph Smith was killed in along with his brother hyrum. And it made me want to be better and live my life more fully with...more
Kari
This was a fantastic book and really brought the Prophet Joesph to life and made him out to become a real person. I still don't understand all the hatred towards the Church at that time. I guess that is how Satan works. It also hepled me understand pologamy more. At the beginnig of the book I had a real hard time with pologamy. This book has fantastic historical events and they author does a wonderful job of cross referencing at the end of each chapter.
Liz
This book had a more profound effect on me than any other work of fiction. I liked and appreciated this novel for many reasons.

The main reason was the authors coverage of polygamy, and especially that of Joseph Smith. He didn't shy away from it, and instead wrote of the challenges, doubts, apostacy and other issues that resulted from this revelation. He also covered the blessings and conversions.

Although I really enjoy reading about the fictional Steed family, I love the history. I have learne...more
Heidi
Another so-so. I wondered if we really had to focus so much of the book on certain things. It seemed to be going around and around, but then, maybe that's how it was for some of the Saints who were having to deal with those issues at the time. I really didn't get as much of a sense of the city Nauvoo itself as I did the Joshua Steed drama. He really bothered me in this book. I was happy to see Will grow up more, but of course, it was thrown at me (like with every other character) that he was now...more
Ashley
I don't know why it says this is an audio cassette. I couldn't find one that wasn't.

Book six starts in July of 1841 and goes until late June of 1844.

The Saints are living in Nauvoo, working on the temple. The scandals of John C Bennett begin to come to light. Bennett was a significant figure in Nauvoo, helping the city to get its own charter (basically an army). Shortly before the principle of plural marriage was revealed, Bennett began teaching (saying he was authorized by Joseph Smith to do so...more
06mckader
The Steeds were like any other family living in Nauvoo at the time. They had come to follow Joseph Smith, the L.D.S. prophet. All of the Steeds were strong believers in the church, all but one, and that was Joshua. When Joshua was a young man he ran away from home for years, and tried to kill Joseph Smith. The saints are now in the midst of building their temple when the mobs get really serious. Joseph was sent to jail many times and had to hide in the woods many times as well.
Joseph goes to...more
Dan
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
Allyson
Jul 29, 2011 Allyson rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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...more
Cordell
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 it put a lot of things into context for me as well. For example after reading several books one of the members of the Steed Family who was Wealthy bought a new and wo...more
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
What can I say? This would have to be the #1 most emotionally draining book I have EVER read. Ever.

I loved this book. Maybe too much. :) This series has been incredible for me. I've been on a 'spiritual high' ever since I started, and I've still got 3 books left!

Lund is incredible. His characters are absolutely amazing. I love them so much. It feels like they are real, like I know them all, even the fictional ones. He has truly brought to life a part of my history that I've heard of so many ti...more
Dan
This book covers the turbulent period of time of Church history in Nauvoo, IL during the beginning of the polygamy era and ends with the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. As always I enjoy the personalized aspect of history. I had a hard time with the Will Steed story line. Mr. Lund spent so much time on his struggle while investigating the church and deciding to be baptized, then dropped his viewpoints entirely when he was baptized. We got to see so many of his thoughts and feelings before,...more
07mckenna M
This is an amazing book. I loved its deatail and its wonderfuly put words. Gerald N Lund really has a way of sucking people into a book even though through knowledge of the church I knew the ending I was still itching to find out what happened and only a good book can do that! Although super sad at times its also very inspiring it teaches you that Gods work can never be stopped. I recomend this book to people who love learning about history or ANYONE who wants to know the truth about The Church...more
Kerrin  Mountcastle
This one was sad, but I don't think anyone could have written it like George N. Lund. The description of what they went through really taught me a lesson.
Angie
There was no reason for this book to be as long as it was. Aside from what happens to Kathryn and Olivia and, of course, the martyrdom at the end, this book is pretty boring. I would have liked it if Elder Lund had skipped over a couple more years and spared us the less interesting details of this time period.

However, this book is a great tribute to Joseph Smith. Elder Lund has given us the privilege of getting to know Brother Joseph a little better. The Saints were very fortunate to have him as...more
Beverley McPherson
The historical background is so real in this book. I enjoyed the setting very much. My love for the Steeds grow to a new admiration. The desire they have to keep their family unit together is so special. This book helps me to confirm that if one have a righteous desire, strive for it ! I also adore Caroline patience, most of all I wish i could exercise that great love that she showed to Joshua. I was so saddened by the death of Joseph and Hyrum , however I received great courage from many of the...more
Jennifer Clawson
I read this whole series, but I think 4, 5, and 6 are the best.
Rick
The best part of this volume was the detail it included around the last days of Joseph Smith and the events and participants that took place in those events. I thought that Gerald Lund tried too hard to place his characters in each of the events that took place in various locations over a short period of time. The stretching often left me with a feeling that the story was a little over the top in making it a reality. This volume did not introduce any new characters of note. I'm looking forward t...more
Louise
I have not managed to get past vol. 6. I feel that the story is interesting, but told in a frustrating manner. I believe the author has real potential as a writer, yet, I feel he cranks out his novels to meet an immature reading level. I would like to see our good authors rise up to a higher standard and put out some books with real thought in them. C.S.Lewis is an example of having a religous background, yet writing a book worth reading. It bothers me to see church members writing mediocre book...more
Christine Maynor
This book was really good. Some parts were a little difficult to get through. For example, when Lund talks about polygamy. But it needed to be addresses because that's part of LDS church history. The other hard part to get through was when Joseph and Hyrum were killed. Through these books, I felt like these men were dear friends because of all I learned about them. I was crying so hard I couldn't see what I was reading. Very well written book. I highly recommend it.
Abby
The ending of this book is really interesting and heart wrenching to read. We've all heard, as LSD Saints, a million times the Story of Joseph Smith's death and the events building up to it. But this really makes you feel it, thinking about the people not just the story. I also don't know a lot about church History and it's really fascinating to read it this way. I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to finding out what happens next in the Steed Family.
Christie
In Sunday School yesterday, we talked about how Satan doesn't always have to do a lot to ensnare us. As soon as we start believing that we are right, righteousness turns to entitlement and we start making mistakes. I thought about Mayor Bennett of Nauvoo and how his hypocrisy probably started small, thinking he was a good, righteous man turned quickly to entitlement and pride which led him to do terrible things in the name of the Lord (and Joseph Smith).
Debbie
I was able to force myself to read through the first 6 books, the original length of the set. There were only 2 interesting characters - Will and Joshua. Everyone else was cardboard, two dimensional and entirely predictable. Very interesting to those who love reading about the early days of the Mormon Church and some of the harrowing events that happened to them as long as you don't care about characterizations or plot lines.
Tanya W
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.
Marilyn
I like learning about people in history. This series has special meaning to me since it talks about the history of the church I belong to. It is about a fictional family that lives during the time of Joseph Smith. I think I prefer to read real accounts and non-fiction history better. But this book does help me to think about what I would do if I had been there, how I would feel and react...How it applies to my life today.
Stephanie
Wow! I just finished this last night. I decided I just needed to push through it and get it over with. It took me about 3 days.
Every time I read a book in this series I am always on such a (spiritual) high. I love reading about church history in novel format, it really makes things a little more personal for me. The fictional contect (the main part) is also just amazing as always.
Joanie
What a powerful volume this was. I did not realize that Emma was pregnant when Joseph was killed. I was pregnant with Graham when I read this volume and was sobbing at the scene of the martyrdom. I don't know if it was hormones, good writing, or the Spirit. Maybe a combination of all three, but this helped me feel and understand more of what the Saints felt when they lost their beloved Prophet.
Samantha
A great book in that it talks about the period well. The author obviously did a lot of research and told the story very well. Hard doctrines were brought up (necessarily so), but (as the author stated) it does boil down to was Joseph speaking for God or wasn't he. The saints of this time were tested and tried but in the end, it proved who among them were faithful to the end.
Angie
I was really excited about this book, as it was about the martyerdom of the Prophet. However, I found myself a little disappointed. Again, it was a little too much like reading a history text book, I wish it could have been a better balance between historical facts and story line. Even with my dissapoint I enjoyed the book. I love the prophet Joseph. Praise to the man!
Deanna
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.
Richard Mcdonald
Some may find this a troubling volume and struggle to keep reading to the end. Don't give up! You have to push through this volume to gain a better understanding of the events that happened and why at this time in the church's history. I love the history and faith shown by the historical, as well as, the fictional. A great read. Now on to volume 7.
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