Start reading Doctor Luke's Assistant on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available
 

Doctor Luke's Assistant [Kindle Edition]

David A. Todd
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $14.00
Kindle Price: $4.99
You Save: $9.01 (64%)

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $4.99  
Paperback $14.00  
"Past Lives: Discover and Connect with Your Past Lives to Create Positive Change"
Explore how past life awareness can lead to a happier, more meaningful and more fulfilled experience of life in the present. Learn more

Book Description

Luke, the beloved physician, returns to Israel to write a massive biography of Jesus. He hires a Jewish assistant, Augustus, to help him as a researcher, secretary, and scribe. Luke's work is opposed by both the Roman government and the Jewish authorities. He runs afoul of an ambitious Roman, who does his best to restrict Luke from completing the work.

Augustus is conscientious, but somewhat of a bumbler in his work. He becomes enamoured with a girl in the Jerusalem church. To win her affections he finds a way to obtain the release of her dad from prison—except in doing so he breaks the law and Luke is blamed for it. The work almost comes to a halt.

It continues, however, as Luke and Augustus spend much time in Judea and Galilee, finding witnesses, interviewing them, looking at time and space issues with Jesus' life. The biography is finished after three years. Luke's nemesis in the government, however, has different plans.

Long novel: 155,000 words, about 480 pages.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

David A. Todd is a civil engineer by profession, and a writer by passion. His interests include history (especially American history), politics, and genealogy. He writes novels in multiple genres, non-fiction books in USA history, poetry, and Bible studies. A native Rhode Islander, he has lived in Kansas City, Saudi Arabia, North Carolina, Kuwait, and Arkansas since 1991. His engineering career has been in consulting civil engineering, primarily in public infrastructure. He had written articles for six different print publications and three on line publications on the subject of infrastructure, flood control, and construction contracting.

Product Details

  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 533 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484836456
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OP9ZN2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful journey May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Doctor Luke's Assistant by David A. Todd is a very thought provoking read. I was immediately pulled into the book and traveled willingly along in the journey for information. Although this book is fiction, I felt I was able to see a side of the life of Jesus which most of us never think about. I felt Luke's triumph each time as he found someone who was able to impart information aiding in his research. I pondered as I read and often stopped to allow the visual picture painted by David's writing flow through my mind. I felt I was in each place along with Luke and Augustus. I have a new appreciation as to the work and effort which went into the actual writing of the Gospels during that age. I am very impressed with this book and recommend it highly.
Gailya Keller
Author, The Secret of Smiley's Woods
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing and Unique Perspective June 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
As a Jew who had become accustomed to the Roman culture and ways, Augustus was just interested in doing a good job for his new employer, a medical man by the name of Luke. This man had told Augustus that he was writing a book and needed help interviewing people, researching, and compiling the data for the manuscript. How was Augustus to know that this research into the life of the Messiah Jesus Christ and the writing of the work that would bear Luke's name would have life-changing consequences?

Doctor Luke's Assistant by David Todd is a historical fiction book set in the first century as the early Christian church was just starting out and they were looking to preserve the story of Jesus for others to read and know what Jesus had done while here on earth. I thoroughly enjoyed the storytelling as David Todd paints a wonderful and completely believable rendition of how events might have transpired in order to bring us the gospel of Luke. I enjoyed seeing the journey through the eyes of one who did not believe in Jesus as Augustus struggles with the information and first-hand accounts of miracles, which are discussed in detail throughout the book, that Augustus can't completely explain to himself. I found the struggles and the difficulties that Luke and Augustus faced compelling and they kept the intensity of the storyline moving, all the while allowing for the interviews and the stories about the life and works of Jesus to fill the pages of this book so that we could follow along with their research. I found this to be a unique perspective on what might have been and many thanks to David for allowing me to read through this most intriguing book. You will be blessed by reading it.

Kristi Burchfiel, Christian Devotional author and speaker
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Luke's Assistance May 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Dr. Luke's Assistant by David Todd is a must read if you have ever wondered how God might have directed the Biblical writers in the writing of their books.
While fictional, Dr. Luke's Assistant provides a very insightful account of what might have taken place at the time of the writing of the Book of Luke. It portrays the human side of how Luke's account of the Gospel message might have been written.
I was quickly drawn into David's story and was impressed by his attention to detail. This book is solidly Biblical and a good reminder to us that whenever we use the Scriptures we need to do so respectfully and reverentially. God made sure that we have what we need for life and understanding and we must not add to it or take away from it.
I highly recommend, Dr. Luke's Assistant, to anyone who loves God's Word and to all who are searching for assurance that indeed our Bible is indeed God's Word.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful review of the Gospel of Luke June 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book so encouraging - it was so realistic I felt like I was living in the first century. The descriptions given by the witnesses were so realistic I felt like I was listening to Jesus and seeing him myself. There were also some enlightening arguments given for the descrepancies in the gospels. This is the first of over 200 books I have downloaded that I felt compelled to write a review. Loved this book!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read June 26, 2012
By John
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Doctor Luke's Assistant is a well-crafted story about a fascinating period in history. Regardless of your belief, or lack of belief, in the historical Jesus or your personal interpretation of Christian theology, you will find this novel difficult to put down. I highly recommend it to anyone who is either interested in historical religious fiction or just wants an engrossing story to dive into for a few hours.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner June 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I couldn't put this book down. David Todd did an excellent job bringing the first century to life. I found the book exceedingly well-researched, and the pace and interest level never flagged. Although its subject is religious, the book doesn't proselytize: The author trusts his character to make decisions that are in character for them, and extends the same courtesy to his readers. There's a lot of good Biblical insight in here, as well. I learned AND was thoroughly entertained.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking! October 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well written, very interesting, quick read that holds your attention. But it also should be reread slowly with the Bible and following Lukes journey in the Scripture. The author used what I like to call our "Spiritual Imagination" very well interspersed with historical and biblical fact. I enjoyed this book very much and have used it some for provoking others thoughts during bible studies.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
I have to be honest, this book could REALLY use an editor. Hence the four stars rather than five. However, I found the story compelling enough that even those portions with a bit... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rachel B. Ramey (blogger/author)
5.0 out of 5 stars enlightening
enlightening and thought provoking. Yes it was fiction but read like history. Made me realize the reality that only a few people were a part of the Jesus story and carried memories... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gary L. Staton
5.0 out of 5 stars Gospel
A great fictional account about the creation of the Gospel of Luke.
Love the interaction; debates, and discovery of new things which lead up to the creation of Luke's... Read more
Published on February 18, 2013 by Phillip Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Luke's Assistant
I have enjoyed reading this splendid novel based on Luke's research of the life of Jesus. The story is told through the eyes of his Jewish assistant, Augustus. Read more
Published on December 26, 2012 by Bonnie T.
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh....... slow moving detective novel
I wanted so much to like this book. I tried hard but it dragged on an on for me and just didn't hold my interest. I've learned on some books to just give up and I did on this one. Read more
Published on December 18, 2012 by D. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed
The book is a novel about how the gospel of St. Luke might have been written. The author creates vivid characters and also brings to life the stories of the Bible, re-telling the... Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by Hutch
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful insight into an important historical period
David Todd has produced a delightful account of how St. Luke's Gospel might have been researched and written. Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by Mr. F. Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars Could not finish
Disclaimer: I did not finish this book, so it may get better as it progresses.

I've read other books that take liberty with figures from Scripture, by filling in the... Read more
Published on June 20, 2012 by MamysMark
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

David A. Todd is a civil engineer by profession, and a writer by passion. His interests include history (especially American history), politics, and genealogy. He writes novels in multiple genres, non-fiction books in USA history, poetry, and Bible studies. A native Rhode Islander, he has lived in Kansas City, Saudi Arabia, North Carolina, Kuwait, and Arkansas since 1991.

His engineering career has been in consulting civil engineering, primarily in public infrastructure. He had written articles for six different print publications and three on line publications on the subject of infrastructure, flood control, and construction contracting.

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category