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The popular, award-winning series The Work and the Glory continues with A Season of Joy, which literally spans the globe as it follows the story of the restored Church and the fictional Steed family through two eventful years (1839-1841). It is a season of rejuvenationas, after the horrors of the Missouri persecutions, the Saints find refuge across the Mississippi in IllinThe popular, award-winning series The Work and the Glory continues with A Season of Joy, which literally spans the globe as it follows the story of the restored Church and the fictional Steed family through two eventful years (1839-1841). It is a season of rejuvenationas, after the horrors of the Missouri persecutions, the Saints find refuge across the Mississippi in Illinois, where they found the city of Nauvoo. Their community grows rapidly, miracles occur (including Joseph's raising of many from their sickbeds), the work of the Restoration rolls forward — and the Steeds are there for it all. Matthew and Derek accompany members of the Twelve on the Quorum's mission to England, and there they witness a dramatic harvest of souls, including Wilford Woodruff's remarkable success. Meanwhile, the fate of Will Steed is made known, and characters from previous volumes reenter the story. In addition, since this period in Church history is not without its tensions, its trials, and its tragedies, members of the Steed family experience all of these as well. Through some of the most realistic and tender scenes of the series, readers will come to know these beloved characters even more intimately than ever before. As with the previous volumes, personalities from Church history come to vivid life here, particularly those of the incomparable Joseph Smith and the faithful, steadfast Brigham Young. Here, then, is another exciting, engaging installment in this acclaimed series, a story that reveals God's infinite mercy and wisdom in granting his people a season of relief, a season of hope, a season of joy....

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Number of Pages : 600 Pages
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A Season of Joy Reviews

  • Liz
    2019-03-14 12:36

    This 5th volume covers a very short time period in LDS church history. The saints had just been forced to leave Missouri or face more brutal atacks. The Governer had issued the "extermination order" and they were forced at gun point to leave everything they had. They settled in Illinois and soon founded the beautiful city of Nauvoo from what was once only a swamp. I really enjoy these books because they use real church history to tell the story of the restoration and the Steed family are really fun to follow.

  • Lizzie Jones
    2019-03-17 12:44

    This is just as the title suggests: an account of the joyous reprieve the Saints were given after the difficulty in Missouri and before the tragedies in Nauvoo. In this book, the miracles of the mission field are numerous and we see not only more of the kind character of Joseph Smith, but also more of the stalwart Brigham Young. This is also a period that advances the fictional story lines of several Steed characters, which can feel a little tedious. I wish there was more about church history and less of the fiction, but that's okay. I listened to this one while on a long drive and I will say this: there narrator's British accent (particularly a woman's British accent) is hysterical. And not in a good way :)

  • Natalie
    2019-03-21 13:28

    I hate cheesy things, and I have to admit these books have parts that are cheesy, but what makes it TOTALLY worth it is the beautiful narrative of church history. It brings a lot of emotion into the history. You would have to read 10 boring church history books to learn what you learn by reading just one of these novels. I was openly weeping during the part of this book that talked about how many people died from the malaria outbreak when Nauvoo was first being built (RIGHT after they had been expelled from Missouri and had so many casualties from that!), and a big part of it was how good the author is at endearing his characters to you. You can really put yourself in their shoes.

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-05 09:36

    This is my favorite volume of the series. I adore this series because the characters are deep and the historical events so powerful.

  • Dan
    2019-02-27 17:19

    The United States of America is the country founded by seekers of freedom from oppressive governments. But did you know the Mormon Church, born on April 6th, 1830 in New York State, was forced with violence from New York, to Ohio, to Missouri, to Illinois, and ultimately west across the plains and over the Rocky Mountains—because of their beliefs? The governor of Missouri actually issued an official declaration that all Mormons were to be driven from the state or exterminated. It has always been ironic to me that the first Mormons actually had to leave the United States—the country founded on freedom—and travel 1300 miles before they were able find a place where they could peacefully worship.This is the story found in the 9 volume series The Work and the Glory, by Gerald Lund.5600 pages—exactly—in 32 days. That's what it took for me to read all 9 volumes of The Work and the Glory. Along the way I kept promising a grand review of the entire series once I finished book 9. Now that I've closed the cover on the last page of the last book, I feel a bit lost for words. I want to share what I learned, how I felt, what I liked, what annoyed me, what brought on the happy tears, and what caused the sad tears. I'm quite certain no one wants to read a review as long as the series itself, but I'm afraid that's what it's going to take.So how do I do this? What do I say? How do I squeeze all these thoughts and feelings into a book review? I dunno. Let’s find out. . . .The Work and the Glory is historical fiction. The historical part is thorough, accurate, well researched, and well documented. The books chronicle the incredible, inspiring, often tragic, always miraculous, and (to us Mormons) deeply meaningful first 20 years of existence of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Book one begins in 1827, just before Joseph Smith is to retrieve the Golden Plates that will become The Book of Mormon. Book nine ends in 1847, a few months after Brigham Young leads 12,000 Mormon Pioneers from Nauvoo, IL to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake.The fiction part is engaging, well written, and breathes life into the historical events. Through the eyes of the fictional-but-representative-of-the-time Steed Family, we become first hand witnesses to all of the major events surrounding the Restoration (as it’s known within the Church). The Steeds meet Joseph Smith shortly after moving to Palmyra, New York in 1927, and soon they find themselves involved with all the peoples, places, and events those familiar with the history of the LDS Church will quickly recognize. Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdry, the Whitmer’s, Brigham Young, Parly P. Pratt, Herber C. Kimball, Emma Smith, Hyrum Smith. April 6th, 1830, the Grandin Press, the Sacred Grove, Hill Cumorah, the Kirtland Temple, Haun’s Mill, Liberty Jail, the Nauvoo Temple, Carthage Jail. Mission calls, the law of consecration, plural marriage, the Kirtland Safety Society, extermination order, martyrdom, the trek West, the Donnor Party, the Mormon Battalion. Palmyra, Kirtland, Independence, Far West, Nauvoo, Carthage, Winter Quarters, the Salt Lake Valley. Conversion, apostasy, persecution, miracles, revelations, visitations, resilience, tragedy, joy, and finally, peace and rest. The Steeds are part of it all. For me, the best part of The Work and the Glory is the way becoming invested in the lives of the Steed Family makes history personal. Now, instead of just knowing the facts surrounding a historical event, I have an idea of what it was like to actually be a part of that event. What did it feel like to hear Joseph’s testimony straight from his own mouth? What was it like to be told to leave your lives in Palmyra and follow the Church to Kirtland? Can I really imagine the terror of the hateful mobs driving us from every place we worked to start a new life? How about the joy of being there when the Kirtland Temple was dedicated? Cutting stone for the Nauvoo Temple? What would I have thought on the great day of healing when Joseph rose from his sick bed of malaria and healed so many others who were sick? What was it like to ride in a wagon across Iowa and Wyoming? How did it feel to watch your children leave bloody footprints in the snow after being forced at gunpoint from Far West? What about when Joseph was killed? What did it feel like to witness Brigham Young suddenly look and sound like Joseph on that day in Nauvoo? And on and on. After all the trials, I feel like I caught a glimpse of their joy and relief to finally reach the Salt Lake Valley, where they would be out of reach of their enemies.I’m a firm believer that the best books are the ones that make you feel, and there is a lot of feeling to be felt in reading The Work and the Glory.As literature, the books are engaging and well written—but packed full of Mormon cheesiness. The cheesiness wasn’t too distracting for me, however, thanks to the strength of the characters. I really cared about the Steeds and I loved watching their family grow through both sorrow and joy over the course of 20 years.It was also fun to read about my own pioneer ancestors as the Steeds even interacted with some of those that I am actually descended from.Mostly, I feel proud of my heritage. The first members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had the faith and courage to do and endure impossible things. I feel steeled up more than ever before to carry on with the work they started and to live my life with as much faith and courage as I can find in myself. I want them to look down on me from heaven and be proud that I am carrying on their legacy.See, now I’m caught up in Mormon cheesiness! But, what can I say? It’s how I feel after reading The Work and the Glory.I recommend these books to everyone, especially lovers of American History and members or friends of the LDS Church. For non-Mormons especially, I think reading a detailed history of the LDS church such as this would go a long way in helping you understand better what makes us tick.Happy Reading!Dan

  • Rachelle
    2019-03-08 13:16

    I loved experiencing the joy that the Saints felt for a time after so much hardship. This one did not seem to have as much action compared to others as it was a time of rest from previous trials and trials yet to come. Still, the story was enjoyable and there was still a fair amount of hardship especially with the malaria outbreak shortly after the Saints settled in Illinois.

  • Denise Cummings
    2019-03-03 11:35

    Fictional characters intermingled with true life stories is a good read. Ready for volume 6. LDS church history or history of any kind is fascinating to read for anyone. Gerald N. Lund is a good author and has done a great job with historical research.

  • Tobreth Hansen
    2019-02-24 14:44

    really enjoying the series

  • Holli
    2019-02-26 09:25

    Good series and interesting history. I like the historical fiction aspect. This book was fun to see Nauvoo come to life.

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-02-26 17:38

    Book review: Interesting to see where everything is going. Nice (if a bit too convenient and all) that the whole family is together. Not quite sure I agree with the title for what was related in the book. Narration review: So...we're back to mispronouncing names, are we? And I'm starting to think more and more that the narrator is making the romantic parts more barfy to me than if I'd been able to read them with my own inflections and such. (Even if Lund uses the same phrasing over and over within the books and the series!) Another voice of his to despise--Jenny. And Jennifer Jo. And anyone with an accent, actually. Characters review: I don't really like Jenny. Not for the reasons the other girls have difficulty with her. I just don't think she's that great for all of these guys to be falling all over her. Of course, a huge part of that may be in her voice narration. And maybe there just hasn't been enough of her to know. Now, I don't hate Jenny. She's fine in her right. But the whole Will and Peter thing? Personally, I thought she should be with Peter. 'Cause I think Catherine has a lot of growing up to do, and Will has even more growing up to do. But I liked the idea of Peter and Jenny, and thought it highly convenient that Jenny proclaimed Catherine a better choice for him. Ug to it all. I also wish I liked Jennifer Jo a little more (again--voice!), because I really love Matthew.Writing Review: How many times must we force it down the readers' throats that certain people are definitely men and women now. I don't need you to tell me over and over. And I wish you could come up with more and varying ways to describe things. And could we focus more on the Church History than the family's dramas? I felt that was greatly lacking in this book, and its a main reason I'm sticking with the series. Josh's dragging is getting on my nerves. I do like seeing Will figure out truth for himself. I'm OK with the minor doctrinal and behavioral lessons here and there, considering many readers need it. I don't mind the reminders, and it is written by a brother who later became a general authority.P.S. So much more I could say that goes through my head as I read these. But I don't remember all and this was plenty to write. For a more thorough discussion, see me--if I can remember by then!

  • Monica
    2019-03-14 09:45

    A welcome relief as a much more lighthearted read than book #4, which I'm sure was what the early Saints felt about their period of respite in Nauvoo after the persecutions of Missouri. There was one section, however, describing the loss of a young son that broke my heart as much as any scene described in any of the books thus far. Perhaps that was because it was uncomfortably easy for me to relate to, as a mother of little boys, and, during the course of reading this book, had my youngest in the hospital for the third time in seven months. My gratitude for Brother Lund's great gift of telling a story by stringing together (with meticulous historical detail, no less) true historical events grows with each book. It makes my LDS heritage so easy to grasp, so easy to relate to, so meaningful. I sincerely feel the spirit of the Lord a number of times as I read these stories. I was particularly touched in this book by a conversation between Nathan and Will Steed about forgiveness and how holding onto anger is so personally damaging. This series has been instrumental in a process of forgiveness in my own life, and I will forever regard them with added affection for connecting with and softening my heart. Lovely.

  • 07mckenna M
    2019-03-05 14:43

    I truly love this book and for who ever is afraid of reading it because of its length JUST READ IT because it is well worth it the detail in it is so amazing the way Gerald N. Lund captures Nauvoo so perfectly is absolutely breath taking he gives each character detail so you can clearly capture how they look, how they feel inside, when they lived and where they are. The only flaw of this book is that a little boy dies but even that isn't bad because if you have had anyone important to you die this book can truly help you because it captures feeling. This book teaches you about detail and can really help you out with your own struggles and it really does teach you history, in fact I wish I had started reading it sooner for it could have helped me a ton with Utah studies and learning about important people in the pioneer day.This book has much history on The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints and I am a member of this church and I can tell you first hand it has entire truth about the church they were so-o-o brave during hard times and in this book it highlights all most all of the struggles the saints had, had in this time period for anyone who wants to know the truth about The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints this is a fantastic place to learn.

  • Ashley
    2019-02-24 15:42

    I have been getting some great books from the library, so this one sat on the shelf for a while. I forget how much I really like these books.Book 5 starts in early 1839 and ends in July of 1841.At this time, Joseph Smith and his companions are being shuffled across Missouri while "the bad guys" are trying to find enough evidence to convict them of anything. They escape in April. The Saints are located in Quincy, Illinois, and early in the novel they begin their move to Nauvoo. Probably the most memorable thing at this time was the malaria epidemic in July 1839. Most of the city became sick with the disease while trying to clear out the swamps of Nauvoo. On July 22, Joseph Smith and other Priesthood holders went throughout the city healing all who had the disease. The most notable was Elijah Fordham (my ancestor!!). Another notable event was the twelve returning to Far West to begin the temple as commanded (remember, the Saints have been ordered from Far West with Governor Boggs extermination order) and beginning their mission to England, which in the course of almost two years yielded over 6000 baptisms. On the eleventh anniversary of the organization of the church, the cornerstones of the Nauvoo temple were laid.575 pages; 2009 total- 8682 pages

  • Heather
    2019-02-27 13:17

    I was very impressed with this book. Being a member of the Church and getting a greater understanding of those early events of the oppression that the early saints had to go through, but the time period that followed that really was a season of joy for the Saints, was really wonderful for me to read. But as this book is a historical fiction novel, I also felt myself being overcome with emotion as I read the happy times that happened with the Steed family, especially towards the end of the book, when Joseph Smith describes that the relationship between a man and his wife should be of one where if they both will treat the other with love and respect in this life, then they will have that opportunity to keep that person in the next life as well. And that made me hope and wish that I will find someone who will treat me with that kind of love and respect.And I hope that those who feel like they aren't very pretty or handsome will realize that their bodies are temples and that the person who lives inside that body is a beautiful person in their own special way, because reading that sentence made me decide that I really need to feel that way about myself a whole lot more

  • Bevan. J. 5
    2019-03-17 17:17

    The Work And The Glory A Season Of Joy is Volume 5 written by Gerald N. Lund. Is a about a Mormon family in the mid 1800's. The story tells about the struggles they faced as a family and about trials they faced due to their religion. Benjamin and Mary Ann Steed are the head of the family. They have 6 children who all have different struggles and experiences throughout their journey being on the frontier. Some of their children and grandchildren take different journeys throughout the world. I felt excitement and fear as it was vividly told about when they were attacked and driven from their home by the hands of people that don't believe the way they did. Some of my ancestors were early members of the Mormon church who were living during this time period and i thought those ancestors frequently throughout the book. The family faces fear,starvation,death,imprisonment, and the joy of new family members. The author was trying to express how people fear others for not believing the way they do. The theme throughout the book people can overcome whatever struggles they face if they have family and faith.

  • Allyson
    2019-03-04 09:36

    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 with historical fiction. In this case, it was not only my knowledge of Church history events that was increased, but my understanding of those events. When I read about all of the people and events in story form, chronological order, and in a cultural and historical context, I felt that I had a much clearer 'big picture' than ever before. Reading this series was such a wonderful way to increase both my knowledge of the Church and my testimony of the gospel.

  • Cordell
    2019-02-27 12:42

    This entire series is wonderful. It takes a fictional family and places them in the middle of the story of the Mormons (the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and moves them through the early history of the LDS Church tell the story of the growth of the church as well as the growth of the Steed Family. I learned a lot and it put a lot of things into context for me as well. For example after reading several books one of the members of the Steed Family who was Wealthy bought a new and wonderful invention that simplified his life. Matches! And he was proud to have them because they were just invented. That means that all of the histroy prior to that time included firemaking WITHOUT Matches. It put some life into all of the history prior to that point for me.

  • Kerri Simpson
    2019-03-05 11:25

    I found these books on my mothers shelf in highschool. I loved reading every single one of them. Happily I found them in our library and its been wonderful reading them again. Eventually Id like to own them on my own shelves. I love the wonderful way he put a fictional family as part of church history. The steed family are finally together even when mathew and derrick get sent to england. I loved how Will found his way home again. And was even more surprisingly moved again by Mathews wedding. Yeah I know the characters are fictional but its hard not to love them or the perfect way he weaves their own story in. I still love them.

  • Michelle Christensen
    2019-03-14 16:35

    I enjoyed reading the book this time, although it was too long and easily could have been edited down. It was nearly 600 pages and didn't cover much. In many places, the book read like a history book more than a historical fiction. This is what I was both expecting and wanting, though, so that was fine for me. As has been said before, the number of "main" characters entering the book is getting overwhelming and difficult to keep track of. I quickly read through those parts of the story. The information about the Twelve's mission to Great Britain was great. I also thought the section leading up to the day of healing was well-done.

  • Hillary
    2019-03-01 09:39

    I read the first book when it first came out. (I was a teenager) I stayed up all night reading. I loved it. Then I went on to read 2-4 and somewhere became bored. So until recently I decided to try the 5th book. (I actually listened to it on tape while I scrapbooked, cleaned, etc...) Maybe that is why I liked it. This book reunites all of the family members. It is usually predictable what is going to happen. Everything always seems so good. Although I'm curious to see if the author will have Joshua join the church at some point.

  • Kimberly
    2019-03-12 09:25

    This book was very good. It's about the Steed family, a large fictional family. Some of the other characters are Joseph Smith, the first prophet in the church, Parley P. Pratt, and many others that I can not name right now because there are so many characters that were real people in church history. It was a really good book to read and I can wait until I can read all of the other books in this series. I would recommend this series to everyone and I really enjoyed this book and I think that this series is very good.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-21 11:17

    I was able to force myself to read through the first 6 books, the original length of the set. There were only 2 interesting characters - Will and Joshua. Everyone else was cardboard, two dimensional and entirely predictable. Very interesting to those who love reading about the early days of the Mormon Church and some of the harrowing events that happened to them as long as you don't care about characterizations or plot lines.

  • Lynette
    2019-02-22 12:35

    I'm grateful I learned so much about the church from this book. It has lead me to make the best decision of my life to leave the church. And for more info check out Almost all LDS resources and you will find what church leaders are trying to hide and you will find the non-sugar coated information unlike what the church shovels out. And if you have doubts, don't think you are the only one. There is a very large support system online when you decide to leave. :)

  • Mary Lou
    2019-02-19 14:25

    Great quote from book:"Sometimes things happen that give a man cause to hate someone else. It may even be a good reason. So he takes hate to his bosom and holds it close, like he's afraid it will slip away from him if he lets go. But it is like putting a prairie rattlesnake inside your shirt. No matter how good a reason you may have for doing so, you are going to be the one who gets bit."I found the book very slow, but found the history interesting.

  • Hila
    2019-03-12 14:40

    In Volume 5 of the Work and the Glory series, the Steed family finds themselves settling in what will become Nauvoo, IL. Though several challenges face their family and the other Saints in the area, it is also a time of much joy and rejoicing as they are reunited with Will and the family grows through marriages and births. The period of the novel is also a time of growth for the Church, particularly in England, where the Apostles travel to preach the Gospel.

  • Tanya W
    2019-03-08 13:35

    Same review for all nine books (which I read in the years 1999 and 2000). I really enjoyed this series of historical fiction which tells the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The author does a great job of creating a fictional family who knows everyone. This allows the history to be told in a way that can be more interesting than a history book, while preserving historical information.

  • Megan
    2019-03-02 16:36

    I liked it. This book included the sicknesses and some trials of the saints. Also the missions to england. It left me happy and uplifted like all the work and the glory books do. But this one seemed to have a little less spirirtual insight and a more fictional storyline. No really big climax, but overall I enjoyed it. The main message is that you can have a happy and joyful life, but when you have the gospel there is true real joy. It was good, a little fluffy but fun to read!

  • Christine Maynor
    2019-03-14 13:43

    Wow, again. Another amazing book in this series. I especially enjoyed this one because I learned more about the Saints journey from Missouri to Nauvoo. They sacrificed so much and they were finally able to enjoy this wonderful city and have a much needed peace there. The Steed family continues to grow and change and that always exciting. It was also amazing to me to hear more about the Apostles going to England to preach the Gospel. It was a very well written book.

  • Eden S.
    2019-03-17 13:34

    Loved it as I have each one so far. I love the historical detail, the joining of historical fact with a fictional family.

  • Melissa
    2019-02-24 16:36

    I read the series while I worked during the summer break of college. It was really a good time for me to read these because I worked at hotels at night and I needed a comforting book to read. Although there was a lot of conflict in these books, I loved the story of the families and their love and the overal theme. I loved these books!