Wow, what a wonderful beginning book for this series. After not having the desire to read these books my whole life, I finally decided to try them. Gerald Lund is such an amazing author. I was hooked on this book from almost the beginning. Lund paints such an amazing picture of the actual people in LDS church history such as Joseph Smith, Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery and others. I learned so much about these people and their personalities that I never knew. And the story of the Steed family just made me keep reading even more. This book definitely strengthened my testimony of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon and the reality of the restoration of our Heavenly Father's church on the earth today. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series.