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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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This was one of my late grandmother’s books, and I am eternally grateful to my parents for not throwing it out or selling it when we moved Grandpa out of that house. What a find!

Dear and Glorious Physician chronicles the life of St. Luke the Physician, starting when he is a ten-year-old child, a Greek slave in the Roman province of Syria. Despite his ostensibly lowly rank, Lucanus (as he is then called) grows up in a happy, stable environment with both of his biological parents. His master is a
Willa Grant
Apr 14, 2009 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
Dec 08, 2010 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
Feb 26, 2010 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
Mar 24, 2008 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
Luis Zamarro Fraile
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favoritos
He leído pocos libros capaces no solo de entretener o de ilustrar sino también de alimentar el espíritu. Médico de Cuerpos y Almas de Taylor Caldwell es uno de ellos. Tal vez el primero con la fuerza y el impacto suficiente para emocionar hasta las lágrimas en cada capítulo. Para mi, eso es suficiente a efecto de considerarlo no únicamente como una gran lectura sino también como una obra maestra, un nuevo y personal gran favorito. Una historia de consuelo que me acompañará a lo largo del resto d ...more
This book is rated as Taylor Caldwell's greatest novel. She covers the basic facts of the life of St Luke...born a Greek - Lucanus... and trained in medicine to become a famous physician who travelled all over healing the sick with the background of the Roman Empire. Later in the book he becomes deeply interested in Christianity and although he had never met Jesus, he moves around those who knew him including his Mother and Pontius Pilate to find out all he can, eventually embracing Christianity ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I probably would have liked it better if I had read it when it was first published. I was in high school at the time. With more than 50 years of education and experience since then, I guess my standards have changed. Here are some of the things that disappointed me about the book.

First, overwritten. My thesaurus also mentions florid, ornate and embellished. Some parts just put me to sleep. And my dreams when I dozed off were more interesting than the corresponding part of the book.

Second, anachr
Nov 02, 2010 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
Oct 26, 2014 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
Jul 28, 2012 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.
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.
Holly Weiss
Aug 11, 2013 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.
Nov 21, 2013 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 lik
Jun 15, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leido
En el prefacio la autora cuenta que ha escrito la novela con amor, y se siente ese amor al leer el libro.
Hoy en día son pocas las novelas que he podido encontrar que traten a los personajes bíblicos con ese amor y respeto que se merecen.
Definitivamente no tomo la novela como algo real, puesto que es muy poco de lo que se conoce acerca de la vida de San Lucas, pero como historia es una aventura espiritual que llena muchísimo el corazón. La búsqueda de la Verdad, en un mundo lleno de dioses fal
Bill Jackman
Aug 17, 2012 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
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Historical novel about the life of St. Luke, writer of one of the four gospels in the Bible and also the Acts of the Apostles. Based on Luke’s background as a Physician, the author starts the narrative in Luke’s early days and leads us to the time just after Jesus death. Even though his origins are not clear, he is supposed to have been born a slave and raised in his stepfather’s house. Through all of his life, he is supposed to fight an internal battle against social injustice and God ...more
Kim Preslar
Aug 06, 2009 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 01, 2007 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 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.
Jul 18, 2010 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.
Claudia Curvelo
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finalmente terminei! Difícil....bastante histórico e com pormenores e pormenores. A história no entanto é interessante, o contexto histórico muito bem introduzido. A parte final completamente bíblica. Mas revendo,trás um conhecimento interessante da época e do proprio s.lucas.
Jul 12, 2015 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.
Barbara Prescott
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This a fascinating and beautiful book. Not one for quick reading, but a real blessing!
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! It has its flaws, but it is swallowed up in the majesty of its message. The book follows the story of Lucanus, the man known as Luke in the Bible and the author of the gospel of Luke. The Luke is unique among the gospels, because he was a Gentile and he wrote his account from second-hand sources.

This book casts Luke as a physician, a man with great knowledge of diseases and cures that borders on (or becomes in some cases) miraculous. Trained in Alexandria, he knows the im
Neil Harmon
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a work of historical fiction that integrates information from many other writings and traditional stories and sources. It is not a scholarly work but it is a great story and it does a good job of painting a portrait of Luke. THe book is long. I listened to the fairly new Audible version and it was over 30 hours! The narration was well done and the story was compelling enough so the length did not seem to be a problem at all. Listening provided a sort of immersion where one could imagine ...more
David Rodolfo Areyzaga Santana
Sin duda creo que toda persona atea o que no se afilie a ninguna religión debería leer Médico de cuerpos y almas para poder entender mejor los orígenes de la devoción cristiana ya que el meollo del profundo resentimiento de quienes ponen su devoción en la ciencia hacia los religiosos y viceversa tendrá solución hasta que cada lado empiece a entender al otro. Dicho esto, a varios religiosos les convendría leer algo más que la Biblia.
No me afilio a ninguna religión porque considero que las institu
Diana Vera
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Médico de cuerpos y de almas es una novela histórica en la cual reconstruye la vida del evangelista hasta el momento en que conoce a San Pablo, de quien se convertirá en discípulo. La infancia de Lucano junto a sus padres libertos, las intrigas políticas de la Roma imperial, las fiestas en la mansión de Tiberio, el amor y la muerte se dan cita en las páginas de la novela. Lucano emprende un camino de aprendizaje que lo lleva a estudiar medicina en Alejandría, pero pronto se da cuenta de que su m ...more

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.

Max Dreyfus
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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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