Fire of the Covenant [NOOK Book]

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In the summer of 1856, three companies of handcarts were outfitted and sent west from Iowa to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. All went well, and they arrived without undue incident. But two additional companies - one captained by James G. Willie, and the other by Edward Martin - left England late in the season. When they arrived at Iowa City, they were long past the time for safe departure across the plains. By the time they left Florence, Nebraska, with still more than a thousand miles to go, it was near the ...
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Overview

In the summer of 1856, three companies of handcarts were outfitted and sent west from Iowa to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. All went well, and they arrived without undue incident. But two additional companies - one captained by James G. Willie, and the other by Edward Martin - left England late in the season. When they arrived at Iowa City, they were long past the time for safe departure across the plains. By the time they left Florence, Nebraska, with still more than a thousand miles to go, it was near the end of August. As if that were not serious enough, President Brigham Young thought that the arrival of the third company ended the migration for that season and ordered the resupply wagons back to Salt Lake. Fire of the Covenant is the story of those handcart pioneers and their exodus to the Salt Lake Valley. Author Gerald N. Lund has used the same techniques present in The Work and the Glory series to blend fictional characters into the tapestry of actual historical events, making this a story filled with all the elements of great drama - tragedy, triumph, pathos, courage, sacrifice, surrender and faith.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609080013
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Company
  • Publication date: 2/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 143,598
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

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    Best Book Ever!

    If you like learning about history but don't want to read any of those boring textbooks to do it then this is the book for you. The Fire of the Covenant by Gerald N. Lund is a historical fiction based off the Willey and Martin handcart pioneers who traveled from Europe to Salt Lake City, Utah. This book lets you really understand the struggles these people went through. You also come to know historical figures in a personal way. But don't be mistaken by thinking this book is just full of history. It includes romance, struggles, miracles, and families fighting to make it across the plains.

    The Fire of the Covenant focuses on two young adults, Maggie and Eric, who are living in the mid eighteen hundreds and have recently become new members of the Mormon religion. They both come from very different backgrounds but have something in common; a new faith. They meet at the beginning of their journey to join the Mormon saints in Salt Lake City. Throughout the book you will see the hardships and miracles that occurred on this journey. You will also see new friendships made and broken, young love found and families separated by hundreds of miles. All this for one purpose, to join the saints and get away from religious persecution.

    Maggie McKenzie is a young woman living in Ireland. Maggie also faces a life changing decision, whether she will travel to America with her family or stay where she has a job, friends and a potential marriage. Maggie has to figure out what she truly wants. She knows if she stays in Ireland it's very likely she will never see her family again. But is going to America with her family worth it? She will have to decide.

    Maggie is also full of the Irish spirit. She is determined, stubborn and strong. These qualities will help her throughout the journey. Traveling across the American plains is the ultimate test of determination. This journey will put Maggie to the test to see if she is truly as strong as she seems. She must use her spirit and determination to overcome struggles such as death, hunger, cold and many others. Not only does she have to face these trials but she also must help her family and new friends try and overcome these tough circumstances.

    By following Maggie through her journey you find how being full of spirit can help you through life's struggles. We can see through her example that if you are determined to do something, no matter how hard it seems you can do it. If you really put your mind to it you can do anything. Seeing her face her struggles really puts your struggles into perspective. You realize that you do have trials but by reading this book your really start to count your blessings. Most of us don't have to walk miles every day in the middle of winter with almost no food at all. This book will really make you feel blessed and also grateful for what these people went through for what they believed.

    After Maggie decides to travel the Utah with her family and fellow saints she will see herself grow in spirit and strength. This journey could be what it takes to get Maggie to really come to understand herself. Will she be able to love America as her new homeland? And will she be able to bring herself and her family to the Valley safely while possibly finding love? You will have to find out for yourself.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    I Was Moved to Tears

    "The Fire of the Covenant" is novel based on the true-life events of the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies that traveled to Utah in the 1850's. The true story is heart-wrenching and Gerald Lund does a commendable job of portraying many of the events with sensitivity and power. Some of the fictionalized plot is a little too predictable, but it generally does not detract from the story. I highly recommend this book to all who are interested in Mormons or the pioneers. There is no sexual content and the language is clean enough to share with the entire family (although a preview by parents is recommended prior to sharing with children because of the emotionally intense nature of the book). We were moved to tears time and again as I shared this book with my entire family (Mom, Dad, teen boy, teen girl, tween girls). We all really enjoyed this book recommend it.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    Highly recommended. Engrossing true story (mostly), excellent writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Fire and the Covenant

    Grab a hankie. Very good but sober read. Amazing faith and dedication these pioneers had. Makes one think if they could do it now and if your own faith could be that strong during a great trial.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    Hi

    I LOVED this book! I love reading about pioneers, and i love the author and all of nis books! I totaly recomend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

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    Amazing biographical tale of pioneer courage

    This is the true story of two courageous faith-filled pioneer handcart companies who set out from the East to walk across the thousands of miles to Salt Lake City in the mid 1850's. Their experiences were taken from first-person journal accounts of the journey, and the author skillfully blends the events of the real pioneers into his fictional characters. At the end of each chapter he footnotes the historical documents from which he has taken the events as they unfold. Their trials are beyond what any of us could imagine surviving, and with characters in both the Willie and Martin companies we get a glimpse of what they went through. It is a powerful story from our historical heritage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Loved it!

    When this book first came out I checked it out from the library. I thoughly enjoyed it & bought a copy for a good friend. I just bought myself my nook copy, however I will probably also buy a hardcover copy...it's that good.

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