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Fishers of Men is a sweeping epic filled with memorable characters who bring to life an extraordinary time in the history of the world. It is a story about the importance of family, the power of faith, the miracle of forgiveness, and the strength needed to follow your heart.


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Fishers of Men is a sweeping epic filled with memorable characters who bring to life an extraordinary time in the history of the world. It is a story about the importance of family, the power of faith, the miracle of forgiveness, and the strength needed to follow your heart.

30 review for Fishers of Men

  1. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    When Id finished the Work and the Glory, I decided to go to the Kingdom and the Crown series next. The premise sounded great: in a similar vein to Lunds more famous series, a fictional family is followed during a pivotal moment in history: this time, during the time of Christ. Researched like a history book but as readable as a novel, it promised to provide real learning in a fun way. And then, for some reason that I still cant put my finger on, I couldnt even get past the prologue. It went back When I’d finished the Work and the Glory, I decided to go to the Kingdom and the Crown series next. The premise sounded great: in a similar vein to Lund’s more famous series, a fictional family is followed during a pivotal moment in history: this time, during the time of Christ. Researched like a history book but as readable as a novel, it promised to provide real learning in a fun way. And then, for some reason that I still can’t put my finger on, I couldn’t even get past the prologue. It went back to the Provo Library unread. Four years later, I was ready to try again — and this time around, I’m loving it. That said, I still didn’t love the beginning this time around. Too many action sequences, too many characters with long Roman and Hebrew names to suddenly keep track of, too many italicized words in foreign languages to stumble over. Way, way too much violence, it seemed — not gruesome violence, just mean people threatening each other and sometimes a few (non-graphic) scenes. Wasn’t this supposed to be a book about Christ? I asked myself as I read. He wasn’t even mentioned until about a hundred pages in, maybe more. There was just one singular passing reference to John the Baptist. I confessed my thoughts to my friend Ashley (who’d recommended the series and loaned me the first book), and she apologized but promised it got better, that those first hundred pages or so were laying the groundwork so that everything else could be placed in context. She was right: it did get better, and what seemed to be longwindedness proved to be necessary background. Soon I realized that so many things that had been so abstract in my reading of the New Testament now actually had meaning: the geography (”Capernaum” wasn’t just some random point on a map anymore), the customs (there is an entire chapter, for instance, detailing events surrounding a betrothal), the people (finally I understand the difference between a Pharisee and a Saducee!). And, while the reactions of the fictional characters are obviously speculation on how some might have perceived him, Lund did an excellent job of bringing up ideas I never had considered: for example, I’ve been taught that the Christ the Messiah is the literal Son of God since I was a child, but someone looking on this Man with fresh eyes might find this incredible. Thus it gave me a new appreciation for who Christ is and what he taught. And even the fictional storyline, which I struggled to keep up with at times, proved to be page-turning at the end: last night, Nathan had gone to bed hours before, and yet I was up, turning pages until the end. It was a good thing Ashley had loaned me one book at a time or I don’t think I would’ve been able to resist opening up the second volume once I’d closed the first! An educational and uplifting read — I’m looking forward to the others!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brona

    I hesitated to start reading these books because I figured it would be the same old, same old. I've read about Christ's life in the Bible, learned about His life at church for over 40 years - the story isn't going to change, right? I guess I forgot who was writing the books. Mr. Lund can make the same old, same old become riveting and a book I don't want to put down until I'm finished. And when I say "a" book, I mean all three of them. With a desire to be accurate as well as fair to differring I hesitated to start reading these books because I figured it would be the same old, same old. I've read about Christ's life in the Bible, learned about His life at church for over 40 years - the story isn't going to change, right? I guess I forgot who was writing the books. Mr. Lund can make the same old, same old become riveting and a book I don't want to put down until I'm finished. And when I say "a" book, I mean all three of them. With a desire to be accurate as well as fair to differring opinions, Mr. Lund takes you through the years of Christ's ministry on Earth through the eyes of a fictional family who are good people with a desire to do what is right. Their experiences as well as observances of other characters help you to imagine being there as they listen to Christ's teachings. In my opinion it is Mr. Lund's notes at the end of the chapters where he explains why he chose to put a certain parable in that chapter versus somewhere else that make the books so good. He made understand the scriptures even more than I thought I did.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    When my husband saw the series "The Kingdom and the Crown" on sale at Deseret Book, he suggested we buy them and read them together. Forget the fact I have never read a book with someone since my parents read to me as a kid, I just wasn't that interested. I decided to humor him because it did mean some one-on-one time with him. Never before have I tried to read a book that is fiction based solely off of scripture. I never got into Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites even. I didn't like the movie When my husband saw the series "The Kingdom and the Crown" on sale at Deseret Book, he suggested we buy them and read them together. Forget the fact I have never read a book with someone since my parents read to me as a kid, I just wasn't that interested. I decided to humor him because it did mean some one-on-one time with him. Never before have I tried to read a book that is fiction based solely off of scripture. I never got into Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites even. I didn't like the movie version of Lund's Joseph Smith series either. This series follows a family and their friends during the New Testament time period. They meet Christ, his disciples, and many are baptized themselves. I have been really surprised how entertaining they are. There is even some romance and awesome action! Lund creates many believable characters and I just eat up their personalities. My favorite is little Esther (read it to know why). The first book ended with a great cliff-hanger and I was excited to pick up the next! Gerald Lund is sure to do his homework so each chapter ends with notes about the culture back at the time of Christ and scripture references. It is a fun way to open up my imagination when visualizing the stories from the New Testament. Try it. You will be surprised!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Helen Middlebrook

    I loved loved loved this book. After reading The Work and the Glory, and then this, Gerald N Lund has to be my favorite author. Anyways, when I first started reading this book, maybe the first chapter, I was a little intimidated because I thought that I wasn't really "in touch" with this time era, and the terms would be too difficult for me to understand what it really meant. But the author gives super details and explains so much to make you really understand the time that all of this took I loved loved loved this book. After reading The Work and the Glory, and then this, Gerald N Lund has to be my favorite author. Anyways, when I first started reading this book, maybe the first chapter, I was a little intimidated because I thought that I wasn't really "in touch" with this time era, and the terms would be too difficult for me to understand what it really meant. But the author gives super details and explains so much to make you really understand the time that all of this took place. I felt that I was there, watching Jesus talk to the multitudes, witnessing the miracles, and really picturing in my mind what He was really like, the countenance He had/has. Some parts I felt so into it that I got teary eyed and even some chills. It was like I was watching a movie in my mind. The author doesn't really add too much to what Jesus says other than what we know what was said from the Scriptures, which is awesome, because he says in the preface what Jesus says is sacred, therefore, he doesn't want to add to it. This book is filled also with fictional characters, and it really helps you to understand what went on in homes after they have heard Jesus teach---what was said, why some people didn't believe, why some people did, questions that people had, etc. This book also makes you think...What would I have done if I lived in those times, would I have believed? Why? Why not? The story of Jesus Christ is truely the best story ever told, and this book has helped me to clearly understand the times in which He lived & His ministry here on earth. I can't read to read the next book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    I had mixed feelings reading this book. The positive: I learned so much. Tons of detailed information about ancient Judaean life; social classes, roles, beliefs, Pharisees, Sadducees, zealots, gentiles, Rome, the layout of the temple, rituals, and on and on. Some things I already knew, but maybe not in so much detail, and some knowledge was totally new. All of these things went a long way in putting biblical events in context, being able to consider how Christ's teachings might be received by I had mixed feelings reading this book. The positive: I learned so much. Tons of detailed information about ancient Judaean life; social classes, roles, beliefs, Pharisees, Sadducees, zealots, gentiles, Rome, the layout of the temple, rituals, and on and on. Some things I already knew, but maybe not in so much detail, and some knowledge was totally new. All of these things went a long way in putting biblical events in context, being able to consider how Christ's teachings might be received by different individuals, and what they might expect of Him. I also loved the notes at the end of the chapter telling you scriptural references, as well as citing biblical scholars. So two thumbs way up for the wealth of information and research. The negative: I just don't personally enjoy Lund's writing style. The dialogue always seemed cheesy and scripted. I didn't really care much about the fictional characters and all of the side plots going on with them. I would liked it much better if the book were about half as long, leaving out the family dramas, love triangles, vengeance, and overly complicated triple-crossings, but focusing more on the Savior's life. He wasn't even a major character in the book, more of an aside. That said, I like it well enough to want to read the next two...I don't think they're quite as long.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    With this series I was drawn into the story right from the beginning. I particularly enjoyed the way the author worked the teachings and events from Jesus' life into the narration in a natural way, so that it was as if we are there watching the actual events transpire. Lund's work has helped me reach a level of clarity regarding the Savior's ministry. This series did a wonderful job helping me understand which characters in the books are really from the New Testament, and where he was favoring With this series I was drawn into the story right from the beginning. I particularly enjoyed the way the author worked the teachings and events from Jesus' life into the narration in a natural way, so that it was as if we are there watching the actual events transpire. Lund's work has helped me reach a level of clarity regarding the Savior's ministry. This series did a wonderful job helping me understand which characters in the books are really from the New Testament, and where he was favoring certain scriptural interpretations over others. The chapter endnotes were fantastic and very enlightening!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lauralee

    After reading "Echo in the Darkness," I was left disturbed by the perversion and feeling empty. I immediately picked up this series after a recommendation from a dear friend, and I just devoured it. What an amazing series about the 3 year ministry of Jesus Christ! I felt like I was one of his close disciples experiencing first hand the many miracles performed and parables taught by Him. What a powerful and moving experience. I learned so much!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    What an amazing writer Elder Lund is. He has a wonderful talent of taking historial/biblical events and makes they come to life. Just like in the Work and the Glory books, I get to read a great story and learn some histoy at the same time. What great joy I have had in reading this first books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amie

    This is a fabulous series from Gerald Lund detailing the time of the Savior's life. This book follows a family who have to decide for themselves is Jesus is the Son of God or merely a good person.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rosanne

    I'd been wanting to read this series for a while and finally started it when I felt I had some time to give. I was reluctant because I remembered the Work and the Glory being somewhat cheesy, but I really wanted to learn more about the Savior's life. As far as the whole series goes, I wasn't disappointed. But in the first book it takes a long time to introduce Him and I kept just waiting...and waiting...and waiting. The introduction of the characters and back stories took a really long time, and I'd been wanting to read this series for a while and finally started it when I felt I had some time to give. I was reluctant because I remembered the Work and the Glory being somewhat cheesy, but I really wanted to learn more about the Savior's life. As far as the whole series goes, I wasn't disappointed. But in the first book it takes a long time to introduce Him and I kept just waiting...and waiting...and waiting. The introduction of the characters and back stories took a really long time, and I think I would have been more interested if I knew how they'd all fit into the story of Christ. And it IS somewhat cheesy at times, but I love the effort Lund puts into research, and his inclusion of the notes telling his sources and additional info really makes you learn about the setting and culture of the Holy Land at the time. So while the back story isn't necessarily what I was reading for and could be long-winded, it definitely helps you remember all the details better. Pretty good overall. I will warn that while the book speaks in modern-day language, as do the characters, in order to keep a true account and not try to interpret things himself, Lund writes the Savior's lines word for word from the KJV. He explains this in the foreword, but it still gave the writing a slight disconnect between the other characters and Christ's speaking. Kinda weird, but I understand why he did it that way. I think what I like most about the series is that having multiple characters around for Christ's teachings allow for multiple interpretations of His words to be considered, and all could be right. It opened up, in my mind, many more possibilities of what Christ may have meant and I love that. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Christ's life. Super educational and easy to follow the story because Lund gives you (mostly) relatable characters.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maggi

    This series is one of my all time favorite books. The series is written by the same author of Work and the Glory but it is so so much better. When my parents gave me these books I thought, oh great, some boring church books, but when I finally got around to picking the first volume up I couldn't put it down. The plot in very entertaining with love, war, politics, and history all intricately involved but what I love about this book in addition to the entertainment value is the way it helped me to This series is one of my all time favorite books. The series is written by the same author of Work and the Glory but it is so so much better. When my parents gave me these books I thought, oh great, some boring church books, but when I finally got around to picking the first volume up I couldn't put it down. The plot in very entertaining with love, war, politics, and history all intricately involved but what I love about this book in addition to the entertainment value is the way it helped me to understand Christ's life and ministry better. After reading Kingdom and the Crown I feel that I have a better understanding of the history of religion and polotics during the time of the New Testament. After every chapter is an explanation of where the author found his information, what is fact, what is commonly believed, and what is speculation. I highly recommend this book to everyone! Trust me...you will not regret picking it up!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Crystalee Beck

    It's been 10 years since I read this series, and it's definitely worth revisiting periodically. Lund masterfully weaves a fictional family into the time of the true Biblical story of Christ. His expert knowledge of the Middle East and Christ's time shines through every page. I feel I am there to see Christ's miracles as I read this book...Lund has a gift with bringing the Bible to life. In sum: Any Christian would benefit from reading this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I just reread this book, and I think it's my favorite book of my father's. Wow. Story. Characters. Scriptures. All of it. Love it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Started out a bit slow but then picked up and was hard to put down.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna Konneker

    Reading this book feels like coming home. A favorite from my adolescent years.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    This book was great! I learned so much about the Savior. The only problem was that the list of characters are so long that I kept getting lost. I really like the notes at the end -- very informative. I wish I had read these before I went to Israel last year. Lines that I loved: No other single life has so profoundly changed the course of history and influenced humanity. Even our basic division of time into two great eras is marked by his birth. Numerous wars have been fought in his name. The common This book was great! I learned so much about the Savior. The only problem was that the list of characters are so long that I kept getting lost. I really like the notes at the end -- very informative. I wish I had read these before I went to Israel last year. Lines that I loved: No other single life has so profoundly changed the course of history and influenced humanity. Even our basic division of time into two great eras is marked by his birth. Numerous wars have been fought in his name. The common people in the Holy Land spoke Aramaic, but their scriptures were classical Hebrew. In discipline and obedience lay the secret of Rome. The people weren’t in open rebellion at the moment, but the hot coals still glowed just beneath the surface of the whole society. Deborah was a gracious and cultured woman. She had a gentleness and patience about her that always drew others to her. The friend of my enemy is my enemy as well. When the elephant is angered, everyone in the grass gets trampled. The deepest rivers flow with the least sound. The Galileans were also known for their warmhearted openness, their unrestrained hospitality, and their uncompromising honesty. He decided to do what was right, not what was safe. “Dearest Shana,” she whispered, “I am so happy for you tonight. But no happier than I am for myself and for my son. Welcome to our family.” Each courtyard is a few steps higher than the pervious one to signify that we are always ascending upwards to God. He wants me to be different from the world, even if the world laughs and ridicules me for doing so. This ishow I show my love and gratitude for him. To hear more than a hundred voices recite it together in perfect unison sent a little thrill up Simeon’s spine. This was something that the Romans could never understand, a simple collection of sentences that defined an entire people. No prophet is accepted in his own country. “That’s my little sphinx,” he agreed. “Unless you happen to be one of the few she accepts as family, you might as well be transparent.” There is a special bond between Simeon and your mother. It is like their spirits are closer, more in harmony with one another than is normal. Men willingly believe what they wish. It has been a time like no other in the history of the world. Signs and evidence come because of faith, not in order to create faith. In Jewish law the witness whose testimony was responsible for bringing about a conviction in a capital crime was required to cast the first stone during execution. What is a wife for if not to be strong when her husband needs it? I can hardly ask of others to go where I do not lead them. The Sabbath was welcomed as if she were a visiting queen. When the prize is of great worth, the costs rise to meet it. Accept whatever is brought upon you, and in changes that humble you be patient. For gold is tested in the fire, and acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    To me this is the definitive narrative of its kind. I have always been a fan of Gerald Lund, but he has outdone himself on this one. This story is about two very different families. The first is from Galilee and has strong roots in the zealot movement while the second is part of the Great Sanhedrin of Jerusalem. They come into contact with each other through a mutual enemy, a highway robber of Samaria. In the midst of the political unrest, a man named Jesus of Nazareth begins to teach. A family To me this is the definitive narrative of its kind. I have always been a fan of Gerald Lund, but he has outdone himself on this one. This story is about two very different families. The first is from Galilee and has strong roots in the zealot movement while the second is part of the Great Sanhedrin of Jerusalem. They come into contact with each other through a mutual enemy, a highway robber of Samaria. In the midst of the political unrest, a man named Jesus of Nazareth begins to teach. A family that was previously united in a cause of freedom becomes divided as the father and daughter pledge their hearts to the peace of Christ while the mother and son find themselves unwilling to let go of the bitterness they have held so close for so long. I love that every character is well rounded with a story of their own. Even that obnoxious uncle that we all have, I can see why he makes the choices he does. I love the portrayal of the Mortal Christ, and the fact that Lund does not put a single word in his mouth. I generally hate these works because I can't stand Christ being made into a fictional character. While Christ does feature prominently in the book, every word He says is accurate down to the last reference. I have learned more about the time of Christ from these books (including the chapter notes) than from any other source. Like the best works of historical fiction, the time of Christ lives for me now. The Romans and their dream of uniting the world under a single leader, the Sanhedrin in their eagerness to maintain the tenuous peace that keeps them in power, and the zealots that have a thirst to be the victors rather than the victims this one time. It breaks my heart to watch each time as every person must decide if they will follow Him above all else, their families, their traditions, their own beliefs. It makes me think of all the people I know that decided to follow Christ in a way that estranged them from their families. The issues these characters face don't seem any different than what I see every day. They are real because they are as human as us, faced with the same issues we will all be held accountable for, and by the same Man.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becky Rose

    My dad read this series before he died and since I got the 2 book on CD for free I read the first one. I really liked it! It really takes you there, with the issues facing the day, the fractions of Jews, the Roman empire, the places and how far it took to get there. 2 fictional families: a zealot, a Sadducee, a Pharisees and a few Roman soldiers. The book made me get out my scriptures and write stuff in there, and look stuff up on line. I could see how people could easily believe and how others My dad read this series before he died and since I got the 2 book on CD for free I read the first one. I really liked it! It really takes you there, with the issues facing the day, the fractions of Jews, the Roman empire, the places and how far it took to get there. 2 fictional families: a zealot, a Sadducee, a Pharisees and a few Roman soldiers. The book made me get out my scriptures and write stuff in there, and look stuff up on line. I could see how people could easily believe and how others would be offended. Take for instance the sermon on the mount where he tells them to walk 2 miles instead of just 1. Well in that day, a Roman solider could ask anyone- child, or old bend over man to carry his VERY heavy equipement for a mile. The Lord was telling them to go 2 miles. The Jews hated the Romans for taking over there country.Do you see how this could upset them? They have been there for already 100 years!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Fishers of Men is about a fictional families who lived around the time of Christ. The story starts when Jesus starts his ministry. One of the families is friends with some of the apostles and they witness the miracles and teachings of Jesus first hand. It goes through each one of the characters conversions to Jesus being the Messiah. They each have their struggles they have to overcome to realize he is the promised one. This was an excellent book to read. Not only because I learned much about Fishers of Men is about a fictional families who lived around the time of Christ. The story starts when Jesus starts his ministry. One of the families is friends with some of the apostles and they witness the miracles and teachings of Jesus first hand. It goes through each one of the characters conversions to Jesus being the Messiah. They each have their struggles they have to overcome to realize he is the promised one. This was an excellent book to read. Not only because I learned much about the people in the time of Jesus but because I feel like I have lived through them now. I feel like I was there when Jesus healed the leper, feed the five thousand. I feel much more connected to the scriptures and the stories seem so much more real to me. Gerald Lund does an excellent job with educating you on all aspects of life during that time. I better understand the different classes of people and why there was so much anger between them. My most favorite part in the book is when the main character, Simeon, goes to visit Mary, the mother of Jesus. He went because Peter, the apostle, asked him to because Simeon was struggling to understand the purpose of the Messiah and Peter thought having a conversation with Mary would help Simeon to understand a little better. The way Gerald Lund describes Mary’s experiences of being the mother of the Son of God was so beautiful. I came away from reading the passage feeling much wonderment of the miracle of Jesus and that he is literally the Son of God. There are two more books in this series. The book leaves you hanging in the story of the characters lives so I am anxious to read the other two books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Fields

    I am a big fan of Gerald Lund's Kingdom and the Crown series. I've found it to be far less cheesy than The Work and The Glory series, with a lot of useful insight into the scriptures. It might sound far-fetched to say I could learn about the scriptures from a fiction book, but Gerald Lund's Kingdom and the Crown series is remarkably well researched. Lund includes detailed notes at the end of each chapter, explaining sources for his historical and scriptural material. It's a refreshing change I am a big fan of Gerald Lund's Kingdom and the Crown series. I've found it to be far less cheesy than The Work and The Glory series, with a lot of useful insight into the scriptures. It might sound far-fetched to say I could learn about the scriptures from a fiction book, but Gerald Lund's Kingdom and the Crown series is remarkably well researched. Lund includes detailed notes at the end of each chapter, explaining sources for his historical and scriptural material. It's a refreshing change after many "historical fiction" books that actually write their own version of history, rather than sticking to the facts (Da Vinci code-- I'm looking at you). Lund not only tells you what sources he uses for interpretation of scripture and history, but he also tells you whenever he adds in details to flesh out the story (for example, he wrote a note explaining that Peter's wife is not named in the New Testament, but Lund decided to call her Anna in the book, rather than deal with the awkwardness of always avoiding calling her by name). Historical accuracy aside, I also enjoyed the plot and found the characters to be reasonably engaging. I felt that Fishers of Men really gave me a feel for what it would have been like to live at the time of Christ. My only real complaint with this book was Lund's overuse of the word "hooted." It just didn't seem to fit with the time period of this book, and it was used so much that I was thoroughly sick of it by the end of the book. If that's the worst criticism I have of a book, though, I guess I don't have much to complain about.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    After I read The Robe, I became intrigued with the Jewish culture, and Jerusalem during Christ time. What better way to learn a little bit and have a great fiction unfold. And what a great story. I love the way Lund writes. I also have a different perspective on the stories about Jesus. For instance the feeding of the 5000 with 2 fish and 5 small loaves of bread, and the woman who touches Jesus Robe, and the many encounters with the Sadducee and Pharisee. I grew up with those, but to get an After I read The Robe, I became intrigued with the Jewish culture, and Jerusalem during Christ time. What better way to learn a little bit and have a great fiction unfold. And what a great story. I love the way Lund writes. I also have a different perspective on the stories about Jesus. For instance the feeding of the 5000 with 2 fish and 5 small loaves of bread, and the woman who touches Jesus Robe, and the many encounters with the Sadducee and Pharisee. I grew up with those, but to get an "eyewitness," granted we can only guess what happened (due to the fictional part). But to think of how it may have seemed to the people who witnessed it really opened my eyes to the miracles. And then the Jewish customs and how they may have been (due to his amazing research) are very insightful. One of my favorite parts is the betrothal, what a beautiful event for a small village. And what it all means and then the year until their the wedding. And what they do to prepare for it. Beautiful!! This book has a well written story, and I learn about the Jewish religion and what it was like back during Jesus's time. The bible doesn't let you know what the disciples were like or anybodies personalities, and what a wonderful job Lund does to make the people who are and aren't fictional so real and likable (or in some cases not so likable). Can't wait to start the next book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    This is another LDS church book. I had friends that so highly recommended it that I was surprised to find how hard of a time I had getting into it. I started it several times and just quit. If you know me and books, I just don't do that. I will read ANYTHING. And even if I hate it, I have the hardest time not finishing it. I thought I had finally found the book I couldn't finish...and wouldn't care if I didn't. But I love stories of Christ...how could I not like this??? So, one last chance. My This is another LDS church book. I had friends that so highly recommended it that I was surprised to find how hard of a time I had getting into it. I started it several times and just quit. If you know me and books, I just don't do that. I will read ANYTHING. And even if I hate it, I have the hardest time not finishing it. I thought I had finally found the book I couldn't finish...and wouldn't care if I didn't. But I love stories of Christ...how could I not like this??? So, one last chance. My problem was the characters...you can't keep them straight. Once I finally did, I was immediately caught up in this story. The different perspectives it threw on the events of Christ's life were very enlightening. And to feel as if you were there as all the bible stories you know and love came to light...it was just fun. Well fun enough because you had the underlying knowledge that this wasn't going to end well. However, there are 3 books. Once again, Gerald Lund could have told the story in two. It must just be me. But I think there is too much fluff who's sole purpose appears to just be able to make the book longer. Bottom line...this is worth the time and effort to read. Great insights and makes you think of things in a different light. For that, 5 stars. Now if Mr. Lund weren't so wordy...lol

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sundy DeGooyer

    After the Book of Mormon, this is probably my favorite set of books. People who say that the story of Jesus is the greatest story ever told, are right. And these books definitely tell the story in a way that is easy to understand, follow and helps us to gain a testimony of our Savior. Upon finishing these novels, I have felt driven to explore the New Testament again. I am amazed at how closely Lund's series shadows the chronological harmony version of the King James Version of the New After the Book of Mormon, this is probably my favorite set of books. People who say that the story of Jesus is the greatest story ever told, are right. And these books definitely tell the story in a way that is easy to understand, follow and helps us to gain a testimony of our Savior. Upon finishing these novels, I have felt driven to explore the New Testament again. I am amazed at how closely Lund's series shadows the chronological harmony version of the King James Version of the New Testament. Lund's work has helped me attain a level of clarity regarding the Savior's ministry that I didn't even know I was missing. Lund also did a great job in helping me understand which characters in the book are really from the New Testament, and where he was favoring certain scriptural interpretations over others. The chapter endnotes were fantastic! Having now finished the whole series I realize that without the historical insights that Lund provides into the political, social, and cultural setting of the people who lived in that area of the world at that time, I would not fully understand the life and mission of Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of mankind. For me this series helped strengthen my testimony of Jesus Christ.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    This has to be one of the most fulfilling books I have read in a very long time. Sure, I've given many 5 star ratings in the past, but, this book is of a religous nature and, consequently, trancends action and other elements I usually yearn for when I read. I really loved this book. It was a first for me. I have never read a religous fiction novel before. Then to have this novel teach me so much about the times of Christ, Jewish rituals, customs, etc... Let me just say that I cannot believe I This has to be one of the most fulfilling books I have read in a very long time. Sure, I've given many 5 star ratings in the past, but, this book is of a religous nature and, consequently, trancends action and other elements I usually yearn for when I read. I really loved this book. It was a first for me. I have never read a religous fiction novel before. Then to have this novel teach me so much about the times of Christ, Jewish rituals, customs, etc... Let me just say that I cannot believe I couldn't find the time to read it until now. I have had the book for at least 2 years, sitting there, unused, next to my book on Brigham Young's discourses. Suffice it to say, the next book has been ordered and I am eagerly awaiting its arrival. If it were nothing more than an instructional tool to teach me extra insights into the Old and New Testaments it would be enough, but the story and characters are so intriguing it is a must-read. There. I've said my peace.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I struggled to get through this book at first. The language, names and Jewish customs were all very unfamiliar to me. I had the first two volumes in this series, and then when I finally tracked down the third one, it had been long enough, I couln't remember the story line very well, so I went back and re-read the first two volumes. I enjoyed them much more the second time. I have now read them each 4 times, and the last time I read them, I read with the purpose of cross refrencing some of Lund's I struggled to get through this book at first. The language, names and Jewish customs were all very unfamiliar to me. I had the first two volumes in this series, and then when I finally tracked down the third one, it had been long enough, I couln't remember the story line very well, so I went back and re-read the first two volumes. I enjoyed them much more the second time. I have now read them each 4 times, and the last time I read them, I read with the purpose of cross refrencing some of Lund's teachings, to my scriptures. I now enjoy reading and understanding the New Testament much more as a result of reading these books. Just as a note, I appreciate Gerald Lund as an author, and I believe his research is outstanding and above reproach. I also find his interpretations of the scriptures to be accurate, and have found these feelings to be confirmed in prayer. This method may not work for everyone, but I feel it has helped me a great deal.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    After reading the Mark of Lion series, I have been very interested in the early Christian time period. I remembered that I had this book sitting on my one of my bookcases for the last 10 years that I had never read. I just finished it and I LOVED it! I have enjoyed (so much) learning more about the culture and customs of the time when Jesus was on the Earth. It makes his words and teachings have a deeper meaning for me--I have had lots of "ah ha" moments. It is really fun to study my Bible After reading the Mark of Lion series, I have been very interested in the early Christian time period. I remembered that I had this book sitting on my one of my bookcases for the last 10 years that I had never read. I just finished it and I LOVED it! I have enjoyed (so much) learning more about the culture and customs of the time when Jesus was on the Earth. It makes his words and teachings have a deeper meaning for me--I have had lots of "ah ha" moments. It is really fun to study my Bible lately with this new found understanding of certain aspects of the Jewish and Roman society and practises of the time. The author does a great job of weaving the facts into the storyline and explaining that at the end of each chapter--even giving you the scripture references. I already love to read about and discuss Jesus Christ and his teachings, but I have also loved the fictional characters the story created is very entertaining. I would highly recommend this book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I love how this book follows many of the paths in the life of Jesus along with others who were impacted by the information received from the prophets of old about the coming of a Savior who would save. I was especially impacted for instance about one of the shepards who was visited by the angels when the Christ child was born and how he wondered about the young boy child who was born. The Zealot movement which was one of many movements where the thought was what Christ coming would mean and how I love how this book follows many of the paths in the life of Jesus along with others who were impacted by the information received from the prophets of old about the coming of a Savior who would save. I was especially impacted for instance about one of the shepards who was visited by the angels when the Christ child was born and how he wondered about the young boy child who was born. The Zealot movement which was one of many movements where the thought was what Christ coming would mean and how they were unable to see how the coming of Christ could not be without war and their winning with the King. With his (Jesus") popularity spiraling brought anxiety and fear on the parts of the religious leaders and their aim to suppress. This is part one of this series and I am looking forward to more excitement in the second book. One of the things I most like although this is a novel is at the end of each chapter the author refers to the biblical references of the events and time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Allison Johnson

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a good mix of action, religion, and romance. I really appreciated how the author explained the Jewish culture, it made the book more understandable and it put the doctrine and reactions to the doctrine into context, which not only helped me better understand what was happening in the book, but it also helped me better understand the actual scriptures and what Christ meant by them. I really like how the author focused on a family and how Christ's ministry I really enjoyed this book. It was a good mix of action, religion, and romance. I really appreciated how the author explained the Jewish culture, it made the book more understandable and it put the doctrine and reactions to the doctrine into context, which not only helped me better understand what was happening in the book, but it also helped me better understand the actual scriptures and what Christ meant by them. I really like how the author focused on a family and how Christ's ministry affected them. I did have a harder time getting into the book, part of that is because I'm not the most avid reader, but the beginning of the book didn't captivate, I also had a hard time relating to the book and getting into it in the first couple chapters. I'm really glad I read the book and I thought it was really good and applicable in my life once I got further into the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Great series for learning more about the life of Christ and his apostles.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Kwiatkowski-Yee

    My tastes in reading materials have definitely matured. I used to love Lund's books, despite the fact that I found myself annoyed by his repeated use of contemporary cliche which doesn't fit its historical context, and overuse of the adverb "fiercely" to describe a speech tag ("said fiercely," "whispered fiercely," etc.). I had the entire trilogy on my bookshelf, so I started reading. As I read, I was reminded why it had been such a long while since I picked up Lund's books. His writing was much My tastes in reading materials have definitely matured. I used to love Lund's books, despite the fact that I found myself annoyed by his repeated use of contemporary cliche which doesn't fit its historical context, and overuse of the adverb "fiercely" to describe a speech tag ("said fiercely," "whispered fiercely," etc.). I had the entire trilogy on my bookshelf, so I started reading. As I read, I was reminded why it had been such a long while since I picked up Lund's books. His writing was much worse than I remembered. He has great plot organization, and the characters pulled me in, but I was bogged down in overdone descriptions and scriptural interpretations. The book was also overly and inaccurately descriptive; Jesus was NOT tall, muscular, blue-eyed or even handsome. We don't even know for sure if he was bearded. Why can't we just read and picture Jesus for ourselves? Worse, his characters continued to employ the aforementioned cliche quite liberally, along with modern English interspersed with Shakespearian English, bits of Hebrew, some Yiddish (yes, I said Yiddish), and plenty of anachronisms. Although his narrative claims otherwise, Lund seems to be unaware that Jesus and his disciples spoke Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic, and did not use the exact words and phrases found in the King James Bible. Nor does he seem to be aware that the historical series is set in the Middle East during 1-50 AD. I was actually congratulating Lund for getting me through at least one book without that fierce adverb, when one character leaned toward another and whispered "fiercely." I slammed the book shut and screamed, "Noooooo!" But I resisted the urge to hurl the book across the room. I later picked it back up and finished it, and then, because I wanted to know what happened in his fictional plot line (not that there wasn't already plenty of foreshadowing), I started the next book. About twenty pages in, I gave up, and threw the whole trilogy in the trash. Sorry, Brother Lund. I really did not like writing this review, but I had to be honest!

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