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Gerald N. Lund
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Praise to the Man

(The Work and the Glory #6)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  8,301 ratings  ·  160 reviews
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
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Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
May 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 01, 2012 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
Tobreth Hansen
took the first couple chapters to really get back into it - then it was engaaging but less faith building i felt
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great way to learn more about the final months and details leading up to Joseph Smith’s death.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tasteful telling of a difficult time in church history, of plural marriage and the death of the prophet Joseph.
Wesley Morgan
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to finish this book, but it was definitely worth it. The first half drags on a little, as it focuses on the fictional family and only hints at a few historical developments. I did come to love Will's character because of everything he went through. And I'm excited to read more, but I'm wondering how Gerald Lund could follow up such an emotional book.

Lund does not shy away from controversy. He focuses on the new and secret practice of plural marriage, including the way that Joh
I knew this would be a hard one to read and to rate. The details about life in Nauvoo were mostly new to me and I've realized I know very little about the time after the Saints left Missouri. I wondered when the topic of plural marriage would come up and it featured prominently in this one. I'm a bit unusual in that I don't understand the problem with polygamy. Who wouldn't want another woman around the house? It always amuses me how rigid people are about that in this day and age when there are ...more
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books in this series are all wonderful! In this volume the story follows the Steed family in Nauvoo and the last few years of Joseph Smith's life. It helps you understand some of the things they went through.
The best thing about reading these books is that there is no sex, foul language, or blood and gore. You can read them with absolute peace of mind.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite part of this book was reading about the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum. There was a lot of detail from this account of the martyrdom that I had never heard before. Another great book that relates LDS church history in a fun and interesting way.
I love this series and the author's writing style. I enjoy rereading them.
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a good book. an enjoyable historical fiction novel.
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
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far much better than the last book, Work and Glory #5.

I got really caught up in the story of the fictional characters and the events that actually transpired in Nauvoo. Lund treated the matter of polygamy fairly well. Just as it did the first time I read it in the 1990s, this particular volume in the series had me asking myself how I would handle situations like polygamy.

Reading the book this time, though, was a very different experience for me. This time it was personal. I have a lot of anc
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Bevan. J. 5
The Work And The Glory Praise To The Man Volume 6, by Gerald N. Lund is a fictional story about the Steed family and the restored church. Many events take place during early church history such as the city of Nauvoo being established. The Steed family has endured many trials within their family and having their faith being tested. As the story is told you can just imagine the beauty of untamed country as the early saints started settling Nauvoo. The Steed family has their faith tested throughout ...more
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread as a palate cleanser because nothing else was really floating my boat. Just what I needed.

Yes, the history is kind of white washed in a "Joseph could do no wrong" kind of way, but sometimes it's nice to go back to a simpler-faith way of looking at things.

There was a lot about the discussion of plural marriage that I just didn't really catch when I read it originally as a teenager and single adult. He does give some air-time (as it were) to the doubts with which Joseph, Emma and the 12 o
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
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
07mckenna M
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the story, I like how the author seamlessly adds the Steed family to the history of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I do find some of the writing repetitive- lots of quantities in movement - in 2 strides, in 3 steps, etc.and always 'slipping hand around her /his waist'. It's descriptive but very repetitive. Because the Steed family is fictitious I do appreciate how the author shows how there are many views on the doctrine of the time and the struggles of the saints which ...more
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 19, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I'm grateful I learned so much about the church from this book. It has lead me to make the best decision of my life to leave the church. And for more info check out Almost all LDS resources and you will find what church leaders are trying to hide and you will find the non-sugar coated information unlike what the church shovels out. And if you have doubts, don't think you are the only one. There is a very large support system online when you decide to leave.
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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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