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In an ancient land in a time foretold by prophets, a babe was born beneath a shining star. Thirty years later, Jesus of Nazareth began teaching a message of hope, peace, and love. He claimed to be the Son of God, and his words — and his life - would change the world.
In Fishers of Men, the first volume in the new series The Kingdom and the Crown, best-selling author Gerald N. Lund transports us to the days of Christ's mortal ministry and invites us to experience the emotions and events of those extraordinary times.
Reports of Jesus of Nazareth have reached the ears of David ben Joseph, a merchant in Capernaum, who has waited and watched for the Messiah ever since a special, starlit night thirty years ago. He and his family decide to see for themselves whether or not the rumors are true and journey to hear Jesus.
Though David is quick to accept Jesus as the Messiah, the rest of his family is more cautious. His wife, Deborah, and his son, Simeon, leaders in the rebellious Zealot movement, look for a Messiah that will crush the Romans with power and the sword, not one preaching a message of love and forgiveness.
Meanwhile, reports of Jesus have reached into the very heart of Jerusalem, and both the powerful Sadducee Mordechai ben Uzziel and the Pharisee Azariah are growing uneasy with the news. Though they hold opposing political views, both agree that something must be done to stop this man from Nazareth before he gets out of hand. However, in Mordechai's own household the influence of the carpenter from Nazareth begins to create conflict.
Fishers of Men is a sweeping epic filled with memorable characters who bring to life an extraordinary time in the history of the world. It is a story about the importance of family, the power of faith, the miracle of forgiveness, and the strength needed to follow your heart.
- Published: September 2000
- Pages: 640
About the Author
Elder Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He also did extensive graduate work in New Testament studies at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California, and studies Hebrew at the University of Judaism in Hollywood, California.
During his thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, the author served as a seminary teacher, an institute teacher and director, a curriculum writer, director of college curriculum, and zone administrator. His Church callings have included serving as stake president, bishop, and teacher. Elder Lund served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008.
Elder Lund is a prolific author; his novels include the Work and the Glory series, the Kingdom and the Crown trilogy, Fire of the Covenant, and The Undaunted. He has also written several books on gospel topics, including Hearing the Voice of the Lord and Divine Signatures.
He and his wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children. For more information, please visit Gerald Lund’s website (Click Here)
Gerald Lund shoots, he scores...
by Matt - reviewed on February 26, 2001
I have resisted the 'Work and the Glory' for some time now, but I think Gerald Lund has convinced me to read those too, thanks to 'Fishers of Men.' In addition to a good story line, there is an abundance of useful information on the way things were at the time of Christ. Valuable explanations to the teachings of the Savior are inserted so well into the dialog that it flows very naturally. I look forward to volume two.
Definitely a "MUST READ"
by Deborah - reviewed on February 11, 2001
I could not put this book down!! And now that I'm finished, I cannot wait for Volume 2. I especially love all of the insights into Jewish history, culture, religion that he included in this book.
A great book, I recommend it to everyone.
by Judy - reviewed on April 14, 2001
This book put you right where Jesus was born. I had a hard time putting it down. It gives a great insight into Jesus's life. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
Fractional to say the most.
by Fred - reviewed on February 06, 2001
WARNING! Do not buy this book on tape. It is an abridged version. I cannot believe someone would make the decision to shorten an audio version of one of Gerald Lunds books. None of the nine volumes of The Work and the Glory were abridged nor was the Fire of the Covenant. How disappointed I was to get an abridged version of The Kingdom and the Crown, Vol. 1 Fishers of Men. I sent it back without even opening it.
Redeemed in the end, but clunky througout
by mike - reviewed on January 15, 2006
This book had me torn many times. I felt that the characters were too typical often times. I felt like Lund had difficulty hitting a groove throughout most of this novel. When starting this i highly anticipated the moments where Christ would make his appearance. But when they came along i felt that Lund had a difficult time figuring out what he wanted to do with these acts in the play. I also felt like the book was filled with too many second hand accounts from others about their experiences with Christ. The book, however, i felt shined in the moments where Christ wasn't in the book and where he wasn't being talked about, oddly enough. The book was redeemed, in my opinion, however, sa the final act unfolded with the clash between the Romans, the Zealots, and the sleezy Ya' Abin. And i was very pleased by the final dialogue between Simeon and Christ. Finally, the author seemed to know exactly where he was going with these closing moments involving the Savior. Now i have to decide if the goods outweigh the bads in order to read the next installment. The trivial question?????
by Customer - reviewed on October 16, 2008
All 3 books in this series were great! It helped me gain a better perspective of how and where Christ lived. A wonderful way to see more deeply into Christ's life.
by Customer - reviewed on September 23, 2008
I enjoyed the plot and characters surrounding the Savior, but the parts of the story involving the Savior Himself were a bit watery, not a lot of substance. It seemed like the author was being very cautious in how he involved Him. Understandable, indeed, but isn't the point of historical-fiction to bring the past to life for the reader? The Savior remained a flat, lifeless character in this story.
by Cynthia - reviewed on September 24, 2008
This is a great series. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it highly. It really puts you in the story and lets you see how it would have been when Jesus was on the Earth.
Mixed Book; great moments and weak moments.
by Wayne - reviewed on October 03, 2009
I love parts of this book, especially when the author describes the events in the New Testaments. Lund make these scenes come alive with me. I also enjoyed the fictional interview with Mary, the mother of Jesus, while Jesus was actually in his ministry. I did not like the subplots of the fictional protagonists. I found those stories fanciful and unconvincing.