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About the Author

Elder Gerald N. Lund was sustained to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in April 2002. He was employed in the Church Educational System of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint for more than 30 years and has served on many writing committees. He is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including The Work and the Glory series, The Kingdom and the Crown series, One in Thine Hand, and The Alliance. He and his wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 794 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Company (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590384113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590384114
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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www.geraldnlund.com

Gerald N. Lund is a prolific author and speaker. His novels include The Work and the Glory series, The Kingdom and the Crown trilogy, Fire of the Covenant, The Undaunted, and his newest,The Guardian. He has also written several books on gospel topics, including a doctrinal trilogy exploring our relationship with Heavenly Father and how he expresses his love to his children.

During his thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, Gerald N. Lund served as seminary teacher, institute teacher and director, curriculum writer, director of college curriculum, and zone administrator. He also served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2002 to 2008.

He received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from BYU. He also did extensive graduate work in New Testament studies at Pepperdine University, and studied Hebrew at the University of Judaism.

He and his late wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Higbee on March 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
Gerald Lund's work of historical fiction (Fire of the Covenant) brings to life the unique history of the handcart pioneer migration to Utah in the mid 1800's. Lund weaves together real people involved in the ill-fated 1856 Willie and Martin Handcart Companies with a set of fictional characters.

The story starts in Europe with the conversion to Mormonism of several characters and their life-altering decision to leave their families, homes, and jobs in order to sail to America and cross the midwest plains and Rocky Mountains by handcart -- all for the sake of their new found faith. Many of these pioneers were poor (hence the use of handcarts instead of wagons); some could not yet speak English; others were old and knew that they might not live through the journey. Yet they moved forward with faith.

The lateness of their arrival in America combined with some unfortunate decisions and an early and severe winter combine to place these handcart pioneers in the Rocky Mountains pulling their handcarts through blizzards while suffering from starvation and frostbite.

This is my favorite Mormon historical fiction novel. This book will make you laugh and cry. One of the best compliments I can give a book is to say that some of the characters from the book continue to inspire me even years after I read it. The Fire of the Covenant is one of these books.

Reading Fire of the Covenant is an entertaining way to learn about Mormon handcart pioneer history. Those familiar with Mormons and Mormon pioneers will gain additional insight. Those coming fresh to the topic will not be left behind, and will learn both the history and the feeling behind the history.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "someguyinutah" on December 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What an amazing talent Gerald Lund has in his ability to merge historical events with the inclusion of fictional characters. Although this book's several pages can intimidate even the stoutest of novelists, I found myself unable to put it down as I moved from one chapter to the next. I found myself being pulled into the story and truly feeling what it must have been like crossing the unsettled West as a Mormon Pioneer. On more than one occasion I was actually brought to tears.
If you read this book, prepare yourself for some late night reading sessions.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Susan Howell on December 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I first read this book, I was overwhelmed! I read The Work And The Glory, so was familiar with the author. Gerald Lund made me a part of the handcart trip, and a member of each family. I am enjoying it again, and just as overwhelmed as the first time! It reminded me of the strength of the Mormon Pioneers. This is a book that will stay in my library, so that I may read it several more times! (I meant to put 5 stars!)

I am now on about the 6th reading, and it still keeps my attention. This is one of the best books about the Martin and Willie handcart companies that I have ever read. It is historical fiction, which gives us fictional characters interspersed with historical figures. The timeline is "real" as are the different experiences. A must read for any Pioneer buffs!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By erika on November 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
When I started the novel, I was a bit overwhelmed by its length. But as I began to turn the pages, I was quickly enveloped into the amazing tale of the trials, bravery, and faithful diligence of the members of the Martin and Willie handcart companies. Gerald N. Lund paints a vivid portrayal of their struggles that stimulates the mind, pulls at the heart and envigorates the spirit.... 5 stars!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Rydalch on July 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book for all readers to read. It will make yoy laugh and cry! Lund puts you right there in the heart of history! This book is amazing 100 times over!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Never before has a book allowed me to see the true nature of the pioneers. Gerald Lunds description and story line allowed me to feel as though I was right with the Martin Handcart company. His descriptions and historical clarity allowed me to know that all their sacrifices were not in vain. This book has helped me understand the true nature of the Fire and the Covenant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jkcook on October 19, 2007
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Gerald Lund does another excellent job of blending historical facts with a few fictional characters to really make history come alive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janlynn on February 4, 2009
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Excellent novel. Although the book is lenghty, the reading is exciting and fast paced. It is based on true accounts of the handcart companies whose members walked from Iowa to the Morman's promised land of Utah in bad weather and good, warm and extremely cold pulling wooden carts behind them containing everything that owned in this world. Very few people, if any, in todays society would undertake such a journey as this. Regardless of your religious views, you cannot help but admire these people for their resolve and tenacious.
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