Pillar of Light

Pillar of Light

Gerald N. Lund / Dec 08, 2019

Pillar of Light You believe me don t you Nathan It was not a question but a statement filled with wonder It stunned Nathan You believe it all I can see it on your face For a moment time seemed suspended as Natha

  • Title: Pillar of Light
  • Author: Gerald N. Lund
  • ISBN: 9781590383636
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Paperback
  • You believe me, don t you, Nathan It was not a question, but a statement, filled with wonder.It stunned Nathan You believe it all I can see it on your face For a moment, time seemed suspended as Nathan probed the inward recesses of his soul There was still the incredulousness, still the sense of hearing something that couldn t possibly be true And yet he knew it wa You believe me, don t you, Nathan It was not a question, but a statement, filled with wonder.It stunned Nathan You believe it all I can see it on your face For a moment, time seemed suspended as Nathan probed the inward recesses of his soul There was still the incredulousness, still the sense of hearing something that couldn t possibly be true And yet he knew it was He knew without the least shadow of doubt that everything Joseph was telling him was true And so, finally, with a wonder of his own, he said, Yes, Joseph, I believe you Pillar of Light the first volume in the series The Work and the Glory begins the epic story of the Benjamin Steed family In the 1820s they move from Vermont to Palmyra Township in upstate New York in search of better farmland There they meet a young man named Joseph Smith and are thrown into the maelstrom of conflict and controversy that swirls around him Did he really see the Father and the Son in a pillar of light Has he truly been visited by angelic messengers What is all this talk about gold plates and new scripture In short, is he a prophet and seer or a monumental fraud The answers each one gives to these questions intensely personal, potentially divisive will dramatically affect the lives of the Steeds forever after.Author Gerald N Lund here masterfully weaves together historical reality and high powered fiction In his hands this combination seems to make the reader an eyewitness to the early scenes of the Restoration, thus deepening one s understanding and appreciation of those momentous events The well drawn plot and fictional characters present a moving, gripping story Here are Benjamin and Mary Ann Steed, devoted to each other as man and wife, yet at odds over religion Joshua, their volatile son, who rebels and heads for trouble the sensitive Nathan, their second son, in whom Joseph Smith s message strikes a responsive chord the beautiful Lydia McBride, who captures the hearts of both Joshua and Nathan.This book skillfully explores the inmost motivations of Joseph Smith and his early followers and the responses of typical contemporary families to the claims he made These people come to life in this powerful historical novel, a story that captures both the heartache and the happiness that came in the wake of Joseph s experience with the pillar of light.

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      • Gerald N. Lund

        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, Fire of the Covenant, The Kingdom and the Crown series, and The Undaunted He and his late wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children.


    1. I have to preclude this review with the statement: I first read this series while a high school. It was loaned to me (very slowly >.<) by an LDS ('Mormon') friend, and I was interested in the history of the LDS church. Much of the origins of the church are discussed throughout the series, as are the doctrines. As I learned more about both, I became interested in the church, met with the missionaries, and was ultimately baptized, though such had not been my original intent. As a result, thi [...]

    2. The movies absolutely SUCK compared to the books. Such an AMAZING series! I have a new, educated view on church history because of this series. I love how you can see Joseph Smith as a real person. I swear my testimony of him is SOOOOOO much stronger because of these books. The author was brilliant about researching all of the facts and making sure everything is presented truthfully. I think he was truly inspired. The beginning of this first book was a little boring and took me awhile to get int [...]

    3. If I had rated this series when I first read it as a teenager, I would have given all the books a very enthusiastic 5. I loved these books but I recently tried to read them again and was surprised by how poorly written they are. I got about 1/4 through the second one before I stopped re-reading. A wonderful and compelling story that maybe should have been told by a better writer. (Now don't every one hate me because I just said that. I know how people feel about these books and this author.)

    4. AWESOME! My VERY favorite books to read, are LDS historical fiction! I love the way that Lund captures the surroundings and the scenery of the time, and draws you right into the story! The early saints of the church have always amazed me! Joseph Smith, his family, and many of the saints suffered so much, at the hands of those who mocked and terrorized them, but the work of the Lord continued to move forth! I am so grateful for my pioneer posterity, who have afforded me the blessings of the gospe [...]

    5. I started reading the Work and the Glory series when I was pregnant with our first child. I got really sick, so I was pretty much bed-ridden. My husband brought home the series and I devoured them. They are a MUST read, as once you start, you can't put them down! I LOVE how the author writes of true historical events through the eyes and lives of an imaginary family. This way, you connect with the world at that time, and you find yourself yelling, laughing, or crying at the book. Lol!

    6. I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It wasn't as cheesy as I as expecting, and it told the story of Joseph Smith quite accurately. I don't think it's perfect, but seeing as our understanding of Church History is always improving, we can't blame Gerald Lund. For example, he mentions Joseph Smith's seer stones and his old treasure seeking work, but doesn't explain that the two went together. But again, that just reflects the cultural understanding of LDS History in the 1990's.The only o [...]

    7. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. And I like Lund's writing style. I thought it was bold of him to invent a family, an interesting one at that, and tell the story of the early days of The Church. His account of history are well-researched and I was pleased that he didn't take real liberties with the actual people associated with the restoration of the Gospel. I learned a lot. I thought his characters spoke insightfully and Mrs. Steed, especially, was an example of a woman of faith [...]

    8. Vol 1 of 9 large volumes depicting the early beginnings of the Mormon faith as if you were there, compelling, inspiring, painful, lots of emotions as you go through the faith development through trials, persecution, families divided, etc. Very powerful, highly recommended if you want to get a feel for the beginnings of a world faith from the humble faith of its founder. loved it (am reading the series the second time, and Vol 1-3 were made into films, now on DVD. You'll understand Joseph Smith, [...]

    9. Holy cow! I loved this book! It is a historical fiction book about a family named the Steeds. In the book they hire Hyrum and Joseph Smith to help to clear their land, but because of rumors about gold bibles and angles, fire them from their job, to save face in the public. Still a few members of the steed family continue to keep in contact, and soon, begin to head on to their way to conversion. I was surprised how accurate this book is pertaining to the gospel! I really enjoyed this book, and ho [...]

    10. I have to say that I could only get 1/2 way through this. I love the idea of LDS church historical fiction, but I felt the characters weren't very real, and had no depth. The dialogue was the worst part. I'm ashamed every time I say it, but to be honest, I just couldn't get through these. Any thoughts?

    11. I read this a long time ago too - like Laura. I totally agree with the idea that I was "there in the story with them while everything was happening". I remember I couldn't put it down either. I read some of the other ones and stayed up late to finish them.

    12. I LOVED THIS SERIES!!!!! I also loved that I could pick up some Church history while being completely enthralled with the adorable family!!!!

    13. I read this book in preparation for an upcoming trip back to New York to visit Palmyra and other church historical sites. I enjoyed learning about the early days of the Church from a fictional standpoint. It made it more realistic. As usual with the other books in this series, there were a lot of "Sunday School lessons" in the middle of the narrative. But, I knew that going into it. I read it for the history and enjoyed the story along the way.Also, I read it out loud to my 14-year-old son. I wa [...]

    14. I love this series. I read the first few books a year or two ago and just remembered them recently and decided to reread them! I definitely did enjoy it as much as I did the first time, although I did note that there were quite a few editing errors that I hadn't noticed before. There are other, newer editions of it, so I'm just going to assume that they got fixed later on. Regardless, after getting about a third of the way through, I stopped seeing them, so either I got so sucked in I stopped no [...]

    15. i think my mom got this book for free when she bought something at Deseret book several years ago. she didn't want it so she passed it to us. it's been on our bookshelf for several years. after reading a book where Mormons were the bad guys, I thought I'd go ahead and balance that out. I have mixed feelings about this book. the best parts were the parts where his characters were participating in significant events. the weakest parts were when they were just being filled in on what had happened w [...]

    16. I'm realizing that I've previously been pretty good at saying this genre "isn't my thing," but wow. This was such a good read!I'd been meaning to read this for a very long time now, and I'm glad I finally got around to it. Initially I had the intention of only reading the first in this 9-book series (because you have to admit that is quite a length). But now, I'm excited to keep blazing through them! The only thing I can really nit-pick is that the writing style seems a little awkward at times, [...]

    17. I tried the series back when I was about 13 and lost interest half way through the second book. When I was about 25 I tried it again. For me the 1st book is the most difficult to maintain an interest in as their are so many stories to follow and people to remember. I found that I had to commit to KEEP reading to maintain my interest into book 2. From there my interest picked up speed and I really started to enjoy the storyline(s). I read through to book 6 in about 3 weeks. I would recommend this [...]

    18. 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 love w [...]

    19. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. Fictional characters placed in a true story that I already know and love. Why I didn't read this sooner, I do not know. Towards the end Gerald Lund sums it all up with one simple phrase--the fire of conversion. I don't think I've ever heard such a simple and accurate description of the drive and passion that conversion creates. I've already ordered the next three books in the series.

    20. This book covers the time from before Joseph Smith received the plates through the first church meeting on April 6, 1830. Although there is probably less than 20% actually facts in this historical fiction, I really enjoyed it. The story made the facts stick better, and I learned a lot! I know much more now about what happened in Palmyra/Harmony/Fayette than I did before because the story strung it all together in a nice little package.

    21. I can't remember how many times I've read this series, but I still love it every time! This is the first time with audiobook, which is great because there are 9 very hefty books in this series and I'd never have time to sit and read them again right now!I really love how it puts a more personal spin and an outsider's perspective on the events of the Restoration.

    22. I read this book sooo long ago. But I really really enjoyed it when I did. It made me very happy and I couldn't put it down. I felt like I was there in the story with them while everything was happening. I guess I only gave it three stars because I no longer believe in the religion but actually it was an excellent book!

    23. As a convert, I didn't "get" the whole pioneer thing until I read this series of books. They changed my life from being a little resentful (because I did not have LDS pioneer heritage) to being extremely grateful for all the pioneers and what they went through to bring me the Gospel happiness that I have today. I think this should be a MUST read for any Latter Day Saint.

    24. I agree with my fellow critics--the writing style is almost unbearable at some parts. But the plot is VERY creative, and I gained a greater testimony of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, which was part of my purpose in reading it in the first place. I also LOVE the Mormon romance, I'm keeping an eye out for modern-day Nathan Steeds. ;)

    25. Really good. But I have to be honest, it took me awhile to get into it, sorry to say. But once I did it was great. I liked how Gerald Lund weaved the fictional Steeds into Church History. Vol 1 down, 8 more to go!

    26. I LOVE THIS BOOK!! It's got everything! Drama, church history, romance, scriptures and morals and some suspense. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! I think the coolest part of it is that I can learn about church history a long the way. All I can say is that the gospel is true!!!

    27. Gerald Lund has written an amazing historial fiction series on the beginning days of the church. A must read for all.

    28. I read this the first time 15+ years ago. Loved the entire series. I decided to start re-reading the series to see if I thought had the same feelings this time around. :)

    29. I learned so much from reading this series and the knowledge has stayed with me more because it was presented in such an interesting way.

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