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PILLAR OF LIGHT begins the saga of the Benjamin Steed family, who, in the fall of 1826, move from Vermont to Palmyra Township in upstate New York in search of better farmland. Almost immediately they meet a young man named Joseph Smith and are thrown into the maelstrom of controversy that swirls around him. Is he deluded farm boy or prophet of God? Does he commune with angels or consort with devils? The answers to those questions - intensely personal, bitterly divisive - will profoundly affect the lives of the ...
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Overview

PILLAR OF LIGHT begins the saga of the Benjamin Steed family, who, in the fall of 1826, move from Vermont to Palmyra Township in upstate New York in search of better farmland. Almost immediately they meet a young man named Joseph Smith and are thrown into the maelstrom of controversy that swirls around him. Is he deluded farm boy or prophet of God? Does he commune with angels or consort with devils? The answers to those questions - intensely personal, bitterly divisive - will profoundly affect the lives of the Steeds and many others. From the frontiers of early America to the complexities of the last half of the twentieth century, THE WORK AND THE GLORY series chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of one family caught up in the events of the Restoration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590383780
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Series: Work and the Glory Series , #1
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 13 CDs, 15 hours 10 minutes
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Loved it

    It was an enjoy to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    ; ] loved it

    I've read the entire sereis in probably nine days. I find it amazing as you step into the story of the steeds and go through thrills and hardships. As you cry, laugh, and snicker through the entire series. I wish the author would write more books. I finished about a year ago and have had nothing to read since. Love silent reveiwer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    =] loved it!

    I finished the series in four months! It was one of the best books/series i have ever read! Totally worth your money!=)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Kisa sohma

    Great good. Absolutely read it. ;D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    =) ) = )

    I haven't finished the book yet but I really am enjoying this series!

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    Enjoyed it, wholesome

    though at times it was a litle preachy, I really did enjoy this series. If I was not familiar with the content perhaps it would not have come off this way. Still highly recommended

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    too technical

    didn't like the lack of story hear. I could read what he wrote for the most part in the church history archives.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    "in the words of today's youth"

    Awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    A reviewer

    I couldn't put it down. The continuing saga of a family I have grown to know and love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    I loved it!!

    This book and every book in this series are absolutely wonderful. Gerald Lund knows how to capture your imagination and keep you guessing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    A superb reading!

    All is Well, is a very excellent book. This book helps you understand the tragedies that the saints went through to gain their freedom of religion from the government. You earn a greater appreciation for the love they had for their religion and for our country as this book leads you through their march to get to the Salt Lake Valley. This book helps you see all the many different paths they chose and the difficulties individual path. Melissa is stuck behind in Nauvoo wanting to leave, but Carl won¿t agree with her decision. Whether the people left behind in Nauvoo are Mormons or not they are being persecuted and beaten non the less. Kathryn and Peter are traveling the path with the Reed and Donner party separating the family further. Kathryn gets in the family way Peter decides to take her back to stay and travel with the Mormons. However, Peter keeps his vow to help the Reed and Donner party go to California and then will return to Kathryn who will be in Salt Lake. Lydia and Nathan start out traveling together, but after Brigham Young calls for volunteers for the Mormon Battalion. Josh would like to join and much to Lydia¿s dismay, after much stress and contemplation she relents and lets Josh join the Mormon Battalion. Derek and Rebecca¿s family will also be traveling with the Mormon Battalion. Leaving the others to help bring their families and other traveling with them that are husbandless across the plains. Gerald N. Lund does an excellent job in researching the stories and accounts doing an excellent job in incorporating all the different stories to fit in one book that is interesting to read! Reading all of Work in the Glory series portrays and gives you a greater understanding of the history of the saints and all the hardships they went through to get to the Salt Lake Valley. Yet, when they got to the valley they had to build up Salt Lake and make it livable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    Loves this series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book was one of the saddest books in the series!!! But it was still just as good as the others!!!!!! (I cried a little.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2004

    An Excellent, exciting, book that will leave you hanging up until the very last page.

    The Work and the Glory: Thy Gold to Refine, is a book that through the love, harships, and pain of the saints will leave you walking with the saints, feeling what they feel as they are being forced out of their homes, beaten, having family members leave home temporarily will leave you hanging right along with the saints. This book will be, and has been enjoyed by all who read them. I recommend this book to all who likes to read books that make you feel like you are really there with the book characters, to read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    LDS Mom Found books she can't put down.

    Wow! Gerald Lund is a fabulous author. Easy to follow. You literally step into the story. He writes of a fictional family at the time of the boy Joseph Smith. And incorporates true and accurate info from the Joseph Smith History and other early Mormon testimonies and histories.My testimony has greatly benefitted from reading the first two books. I'm now on Vol. 5. Can't wait to get back. Not getting the dishes done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2003

    A Need for Steed

    There is not a better book series anywhere in the universe! I have come to love the Steed family clan. It seems to me impossible that such a series has come to a close, although I really enjoyed the ending. I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates the value of reading and has time to embark on a most enthralling adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2003

    An EXCELLENT book on the History of the LDS church, written in fiction form

    The Work and the Glory series is great! The hairs on the back of your neck will rise if you are a believer in the LDS church. Others will realize the difficulties in founding the church. A fiction book never gave so many facts about history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2002

    Well, I wish I could agree.

    I wish I could agree with the other reviewers. However after having been thrilled with the other books in the series, this would seems to have run out of steam. The primary characters--Nathan and Joshua--seem to have all but disapeared and the novel just wanders, both literally and figuratively. The beautiful concepts presented in the previous volumns are gone. No more do we hear the resounding words of Brigham Young. The build-up of Joshua's character is forgotten. By the time they all get together at the end, it is just a big "who cares".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2002

    Wonderfully Great

    This is simply the best book I have ever read. Gerald Lund is a genius. This book made me feel so many different emotions. I was happy then sad, then laughing and then crying, and then happy again. The ending on this book is what made it so good. I love all the characters that Lund has put into this book. When I read a book I like to be able to put myself into a chararcter. Lund has let me do it in this and all the other Work and the Glory books. The main reason I enjoyed this book so much is it showed me what all the Latter Day Saints have gone through to make the Church what it is today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    Fabulous

    I read all of the Work and the Glory series in fourth and fifth grade and loved them. They were my favorite series of books I've ever read. I still wish they never ended. This book was not only thoroughly enjoyable but a remarkable testimony builder. I think of the stories told in the books and I just marvel. I am an emotional reader and when Gerald Lund told about Haun's Mill and other sad times I had to stop reading because my eyes were filled with tears. This is a book for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2000

    I absolutely loved it!

    I thought that this book was so good that I read it in two days! As you know these books are huge and I'm 13, but I just couldn't put it down until I was finished.

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