The Work and the Glory Collectors Set by Gerald N. LundI am in debt to Gerald N. Lund for embedding in me a sincere desire to study and learn LDS Church history. During this 9-volume series, I believe I felt every emotion that can be felt during the reading experience.
On one small item, I am divided. While the activities and events discussed in this series did occur, and the actual events are written very well (outpouring of the Spirit at the Kirtland temple dedication, martyrdom of Joseph Smith, massacre at Hauns Mill, etc.), over the years my impression of the characters is that, in many ways, they are amalgams of the generic LDS pioneer that has developed (think Eliza Williams in the Legacy film). This comes from my own personal, imperfect opinion on how the history of the church is discussed (see my review To the Rescue: The Biography of Thomas S. Monson for more discussion on this).
Apart from that, I am grateful for this series. I will encourage my children - and new converts to the LDS Church - to read this as a solid introductory course to the history of the Restoration, using this as a springboard to powerful events and many experiences of early members of the church, as opposed to an end in and of itself.
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Ive studied church history but never see where a lot of these places are. It was nice reading the first volume while looking at the map of the areas mentioned so i can have a better understanding of exactly where it is happening. As i read, i could see it in my mind what is happening which was not only exiting but also informative. The best part though was it increased my testimony of Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon and gospel. The ebook version does NOT have the end of chapter research information that the paper books have.