Come to Zion, Vol. 3: Fresh Courage Take (Hardcover)
by Dean Hughes
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The United States turned a blind eye when the Mormons were driven from Missouri to Illinois and finally out of the country altogether. How can the government—and Brigham Young—now be asking the Mormons to come up with 500 able-bodied soldiers to assist in the war with Mexico? And how can Will Lewis be asked to join the Mormon Battalion when it means leaving Liz and their two little boys on their own in the wilderness? How many sacrifices will be required in order for the Saints to create Zion?
And in modern-day Nauvoo, Jeff and Abby Lewis are facing challenges of their own. Juggling family priorities, professional responsibilities, and Church callings becomes an almost impossible feat. It is clear that building Zion in the latter days will require sacrifices, just as it did in the time of Jeff's ancestors.
In this concluding volume of the Come to Zion trilogy, beloved novelist Dean Hughes provides a unique perspective on the struggles and sacrifices—and ultimate joy—of faithful Saints in any generation.
- Size: 6 x 9
- Pages: 422
- Publisher: Deseret Book 2014
- Book on CD: Unabridged, 11 Discs
- Book on CD: Performed by Kirby Heyborne
- ISBN: 978-1-60907-873-7
About the Author
DEAN HUGHES has published more than 100 books for readers of all ages, including the bestselling historical fiction series Children of the Promise. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. He has taught English at Central Missouri State University and Brigham Young University. Dean and his wife, Kathleen Hurst Hughes, served a mission to Nauvoo, Illinois. They are the parents of three children and grandparents of nine.
Fabulous historical fiction
by Heidi - reviewed on June 06, 2014
One of the biggest challenges with writing historical fiction is including enough detail for the story to feel authentic without getting bogged down. In addition portraying real people in acceptable way can be challenging, especially well known individuals like Brigham Young. Dean Hughes has, in my experience, always done an excellent job with this. And that is no different here. Fresh Courage Take portrays the struggles of two couples, Will and Liz, and their descendents, Jeff and Abby, who are each struggling with some big challenges as well as the routine ones. Will and Liz live in Nauvoo during the time just before the Saints were forced to leave. When Will joins the Mormon Battalion the chance that he and Liz may never see each other again is very real. For Jeff and Abby the challenges of job and home can be overwhelming. I think one of the things I like best about this series is how real it all feels. Will and Liz as well as Jeff and Abby are characters that I found it very easy to care about and root for. I sincerely empathized with their struggles. To me that's the sign of a good writer, when the story becomes so real that the writing becomes secondary. A great series that I'm sorry to see end.
Enjoyed your book and series. You are a great writer and story teller.
by Shauna - reviewed on June 08, 2014
Thank you so much for another great book and series. I always hate waiting for the next boo, but understand why it takes time to write.. You always bring whatever book you write to life. I had ancestors come across the plains also and I'm thankful tor their journals and the things I learned from them. Everybody should read this book and series. I can only imagine the time and effort that you must put into writing a book like this. Everybody should read it and find a way to relate to it. I hate seeing it end, but understand why you would decide to end it were you did.
by Shauna - reviewed on May 28, 2014
I LOVE THIS SERIES! CAPTIVATING! TOUCHING! Trials, fears, and hardships are endured on both ends of the generational divide... But each learns that family and dear friends is what it is all about. A connection from the past into the future... Serving one another... Knowing that we only become stronger when we do what needs to be done... But joyous blessings are promised to those that persevere. You will read of how Will and Liz are forced to leave their beloved city of Nauvoo... The struggle and decision for Will to join the Mormon Battalion...and how Liz goes on to the west with the help of her sisters. "How many sacrifices will be required in order for the Saints to create Zion?" Then you read the parallel story of Will and Liz's descendant, Jeff and his wife Abby, as they face the hardships of work and Church callings and lack of time as their lives become too busy. "It is clear that building Zion in the latter days will require sacrifices, just as it did in the time of Jeff's ancestors." SO AMAZINGLY GOOD! A TRUE MUST-READ!