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Reread September 2018: Sigh I’ve come to the end Again I love the Steed family I want to grow up and be like them Strong Brave True ——Reread October 2016After 3rd reading: Well I finished with this great series again I love them! You can't read these books and come away feeling sorry for yourself!
[[ READ DOWNLOAD ]] ⇯ The Work and the Glory, Volume 9: All Is Well ✐ All Is Well, the powerful and moving ninth volume of the series The Work and the Glory, brings to a close the Restorationera portion of this epic story It follows the fictional Steed family from Juneto Octoberas they participate in some of the most pivotal and dramatically charged events in Church history, including the migration of the Saints from the banks of the Missouri River to the Valley of the Great Salt LakeAs this volume opens, the Steeds have been scattered — and the family is only split up further as the story unfolds Will and Alice's voyage aboard the Brooklyn nears its end as the ship approaches the California shore Peter and Kathryn continue their journey westward in the DonnerReed party In Nauvoo, Melissa and Carl find their situation growing increasingly dangerous and their marriage and strained Other Steed family members are temporarily encamped at the Missouri River, where the Saints will set up winter quarters When the United States government, at war with Mexico, calls for five hundred Mormon volunteers to form a battalion, some of the Steeds march with that battalion in its historymaking trek across the continents Meanwhile, other family members become part of the pioneer companies that, at last, establish in the West a place of refuge for the SaintsAs with the previous books in the series, this volume is populated with a host of interesting characters, both fictional and historical And even though throughout most of the story the Steeds are separated from one another, hope remains that somehow all of them will be reunited, and with the rest of the Saints they will make the chorus swell: “All is well! All is well!” Not my favorite of the series, but still an epic tale This story has Steeds all over the place as they make their way to the Great Salt Lake valley I felt like there were too many things going on, so we didn't get to spend enough time with anyone Although the events of the DonnerReed tragedy were fascinating, I think eliminating them from the story might have tightened things up a bit The writing is still over the top much of the time, but I still LOVE this story, and I love this Steed family It has been a pleasure to revisit this series almost 15 years after reading it for the first time Hurrah for Israel!! This was a good ending to the series Though this book didn't keep my attention as well as the other books, it had a great resolution and I learned a lot about the trek west I read these books as a way to review some church history, and I ended up learning a ton that I didn't know These give a way to understand some of the context to the stories we grew up hearing, and helps to connect events to the timeline It is helpful to understand how difficult things were for the early Saints because it shows their commitment to the gospel There are some incredible stories in these books and I'm actually really glad I read them all. History of the church and the early believers The trail and errors they experience is phenominal! Well, I finally made it through the last book in the ninevolume series The fact that I questioned whether I had read this particular book previously should indicate how memorable it was on the first go round That said, my biggest sticking point was not remembering the particulars of the Donner party; I did recall the presence of the Saints at Sutters Mill just before the gold rush.Once again, Lund produced a historical novel that entertained the reader even as it enlightened them Unlike previous versions, this novel has very little in the way of preaching the gospel, in part because there just isn't room!The biggest failing of the novel is the complexity of keeping up with the various groups The Steed clan has grown up, with Matthew, six in the first book, a father of his own elementary aged child Maryanne is a greatgrandmother And the family includes two couples in which neither are biologically related to the family Lund took advantage of the enormous growth (or perhaps planned it) so that many of the groups of Saints could have their stories told Brigham Young's advanced party, as well as the main body of the Saints, was a given Also accounted for are the members of the Mormon Battalion who completed their time, soldiers who were sick (and thus meet up with the group coming from Mississippi), the Saints who sailed around South America to California, any Saints left behind in Nauvoo while the body settled at Winter's Quarters, and of course the fateful Donner party, who were not LDS (though they did have a member traveling with them) but influenced the Saints.Whew I think that's it.The result, unfortunately, is that it becomes difficult to keep up with who is where, especially when several groups are essentially doing the same thing traveling along a trail with oxen I had to constantly struggle with which Steeds we're together and which were separated.I don't know, however, that I would advise doing things any differently Lund puts his readers at the heart of the action, so that they care about the results Knowing Peter and Kathryn traveled with the Donners was nail biting, to be honest You knew that group wasn't going to end well At the same time, the stories of reuniting were touching And it was terrific to hear the ofttold stories of Brigham Young Ensign Peak and 'this is the right place' from the perspective of those who were present The Steeds may have been fictional, but Lund drew from the many journals in his accounts, with sufficient end notes to clarify fact from fiction.Overall, I would read the novel and the series again, despite the rather unwieldy closure Informative, enjoyable, and uplifting whatcan you want? This was a very long book! I didn't finish it when it was first published I think the reason I finished it now is because I was already caught up in the story; and given my pending trip to Winter Quarters, I am eager for the history.This is a great history book, and parts of it actually readlike a history book than the other books The scope was huge, which severely limited character development The book includes, in fairly great detail, nearly all the major westward movements related to the Mormon Pioneers:* DonnerReed Party (which was handled with class and dignity)* Brigham Young Vanguard party* The first of the other pioneer wagon trains to enter the valley* Samuel Brannan and The Brooklyn's ride around Cape Horn* The Mormon Battalion* The Mormon Battalion's sick detachments* The Mississippi Saints (I didn't even know there was such a group)Whew! With that much included, it's no wonder the characters took a backseat But, I learned a ton of information that I didn't know before I'm really glad I read the book because of the history, but it's not one that stands out as a fantastic novel. The five star rating on this series is based on the historical content and the research the author did to portray events His writing wasn't my favorite Poor character development for one..they all had the same personalities eventually But I enjoyed reading the history between the lines Loved the scriptures referenced The story brought the restoration of the church to life in my mind. This book was amazing! It had sad parts, spiritual parts, and happy parts that i laughed out loud at I would HIGHLY suggest it. It feels good to finally be done with the series! This book was quite long due to the many perspectives The most interesting story lines were the DonnerReed Party and the last Saints to leave Nauvoo Both, of course, were very sad, but I learned a lot about important historical events I had no idea there were still armed conflicts in Nauvoo even after Brigham Young and the main group of pioneers left And because Gerald Lund chose to focus on the Reeds rather than the Donners, we only heard about the tragic winter at Donner pass through the rescuers.There were plenty of times where the overlapping story were hard to follow Some, like the Brooklyn Saints arriving in California, finished relatively early in the book Some, like the main pioneers in Winter Quarters, had a lot of long pauses where nothing was happening I felt like the Mormon Battalion was a great way to tie everything together, including the ending.Overall, I am happy with how much I learned about Church History and American History through these books Though the characters are fictional, I know their experiences were real Sitting here in Utah, living a relatively easy life, I can't help but be grateful for all the sacrifices they made I also can't avoid the conclusion that the only reason they did it was because of their strong faith I'm glad the books didn't end with Joseph Smith, as easy as it would have been This movement is much bigger than him or Brigham Young It is made of millions of Steed families, who each take their own path as they go from learning about the Gospel to dedicating their lives to it.To sum everything up, I want to give my ranking of how much I enjoyed each of the books in this series, with the order of books written in parentheses:1 Praise to the Man (#6)2 Thy Gold to Refine (#4)3 A Pillar of Light (#1)4 No Unhallowed Hand (#7)5 Like a Fire is Burning (#2)6 All is Well (#9)7 Truth Will Prevail (#3)8 A Season of Joy (#5)9 So Great a Cause (#8)