Dear and Glorious Physician
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...more
No - I have never met her, but have read most of her books. Dear and Glorious Physician - still commands an outstandi…moreSorry, just saw your message now.
No - I have never met her, but have read most of her books. Dear and Glorious Physician - still commands an outstanding price at the bookstore. I want to reread. I've always believed she's a gifted, intuitive writer.
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 ...more
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 write the hist ...more
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
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
This is my first Taylor Caldwell, and I'm impressed with her detailed style. Rather than simply reading, the reader experiences the story. I marvel at the few authors who can truly pull this off, and Caldwell is one of them. The story is long (500+ pages) with enough detail to slow the reader down.
This fictionalized story of Luke took a number of probable liberties about Luke's background from a young boy to the writer of the Gospel of Luke, but always upheld the dei ...more
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 ...more
Three quarters of this book deals with Luke aka Lucanus’s conversion. The remaining quarter of the novel f ...more
I must hasten to explain that Taylor Caldwell is a very capable and literary writer. She descriptively contrasted the Roman, Jewish, and Greek cultures in colorful lan ...more
"You misunderstand me, Priscus. I know that it was inevitable that Rome become what she is. Republics decay into democracies, a ...more
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
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.
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.
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.
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 ...more
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
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.
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