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The Guardian [Kindle Edition]

Gerald Lund
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Book Description

I withdrew a small card from the pouch. The front of it was filled with lines of elegant, hand-lettered script. 
"What does it say?" Dad asked, leaning forward.
"The Four Remembers of Life," I read. "Number one: Remember you are unique. Number two: Remember, there is purpose to your life. Number three: Remember, you are free to choose what you are and what you become. And number four: Remember, you are not alone."
When thirteen-year-old Danni McAllister receives an antique pouch as a birthday gift from her grandfather, her first reaction is disappointment. "Don't assume something is empty just because there's nothing there," her grandfather warns. Danni learns that for nearly two hundred years, the mysterious pouch--with its astonishing hidden secrets--has been handed down from generation to generation, and each new owner has to discover for themselves how to access the power it holds, or suffer the penalty of using the pouch unwisely. 
Three years later as Danni struggles to understand the power of the pouch, her father discovers a rhodium mine, and her parents become the targets of a deadly extortionist plot. The strange pouch is Danni's only hope of saving her family.
Gerald N. Lund blends gripping, fast-paced suspense in the spirit of The Alliance and The Freedom Factor, with an entertaining, wholesome message for readers young and old. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 818 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book (December 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6FELP4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,879 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guardian November 27, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to put it down. It had all the necessary elements for an enjoyable read. I liked the idea of a whole family involvement. In times when there are so many fractured families, it is exciting to read a book where there is a family working together showing love and concern for each other. I liked the idea of learning about ancestors and the influence they have in making us who we are.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A coming of age fantasy adventure for all to read November 29, 2012
By K. Hurt
Gerald Lund has done it again. He is masterful no matter what he is writing. I have read many of his other books and get involved with the characters almost immediately because he can bring them to life through his words.
In this case a young girl (Danni) is given an heirloom by her grandfather on her thirteenth birthday. She knows it is special to him and to her ancestors, but does not know why. Her grandfather doesn't fully explain, but says to keep it with her and to protect it. On her sixteenth birthday she soon will find out why this gift is called "the guardian". Her family and her boyfriend's family are in danger and it is up to her with the aid of her boyfriend (Rick) and brother (Cody) to save her parents, grandfather and protect Rick's family. Through the course of events she discovers the power of the guardian. The story takes place mostly in southern central Utah. An area Lund knows well from other books he has written.
I found that there were many parallels and lessons to be learned by this story. It emphasized the importance of families, friends and the help of others. To know of your heritage and how ancestors are a part of you, and knowing them can help you to discover yourself. The guardian was like a metaphor for spiritual gifts.
This is a great coming of age book that I would recommend for teens, but would be enjoyed by all ages. I intend to give a copy to my granddaughter for Christmas.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a great book, easy to read yet very engrossing! I couldn't put it down. I recommend this book to any one young and old. The main character, Danni, is a typical teenager yet seems to come into her own when her family is facing grave danger. It is fascinating to see how she can work through different difficulties and learn more about herself and her heritage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and inspiring! August 10, 2013
By pk
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I loved this book. Be prepared for an exciting read! Once you're introduced to Danni, you won't be able to put this book down. She is an "enchanting" young teenager and her adventure is loads of fun and surprisingly inspiring. Maybe Danni will have further adventures. I hope so, I started to miss her as soon as I turned the last page. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family book September 27, 2013
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This is a great family book with all of the wonderful elements of action, adventure, mystery, and a little romance. Since the main character is in her teens, I would think that teens and young adults would enjoy this but it will also make a great read allowed for families. Great job Brother Lund.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book September 23, 2013
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Gearld N Lund at his best. The Gaudian was a great book, one I will re-read again. It held my attention from the first page until the last.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a creative and suspenseful story December 5, 2012
By mbramos
Gerald Lund is a talented writer and has crafted a new suspenseful story with The Guardian. The book was well edited with interwoven story lines that can appeal to young and experienced readers. There were also underlying themes in this book - the importance of strong family love and bonds, how history & ancestors influenced the present and future, the main character Danni had to learn and grow in difficult situations, and family members made mistakes and sacrifices. This was not my favorite of his books but it was well written and edited, suspenseful, and a family-friendly story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book will suck you in completely. December 4, 2012
By Sue C.
I loved this book, it is a good read for young and old. It was a little slow in the beginning, but by chapter 7 it totally sucks you in and you will not be able to put it down. Make sure you have time to read because you will not want to close the book until the very end. I loved how the family loved each other and worked together to get through difficult circumstances. I loved how you didn't know what was going to happen around the corner it kept me guessing all the way through.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars and I enjoy that genre
While the book is fantasy, and I enjoy that genre, this just didn't make sense! SPOILER!!!

If you have a mystical pouch that can make you invisible, cause writing to... Read more
Published 6 days ago by WW
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the story
This is a very exciting book. I love the story.
Published 25 days ago by Susan Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put the book down. A riveting mystery. Clean, exciting story suitable for teenagers and adults.
Published 26 days ago by Can Be Trusted
5.0 out of 5 stars guardian book
Arrived in a timely fashion and the book is in great condition! Am currently reading it and love it!
Published 1 month ago by Aimee Morrison
3.0 out of 5 stars Gerald Lund does better with some books
Unusual approach. Didn't care for the book. Gerald Lund does better with some books. I didn't really care for this one.
Published 1 month ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it, kept me enganged and looking for the next turn of events right to the end
Published 1 month ago by jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guardian
Great book wasn't anything like his other books, I guess I was expecting more like his historical-fiction. Enjoyed it thoroughly!
Published 1 month ago by Linda Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars ... very different from his other novels but I really enjoyed it.
I thought that it was very different from his other novels but I really enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Connie Hughes
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
So many books have teens that are so disrespectful to adults. I get tired of the sarcastic responses and demeaning answers they give to adults. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Heidihamberger@aol
1.0 out of 5 stars It was a good story, but was disappointed that it was too ...
It was a good story, but was disappointed that it was too much like magic. I was expecting more of historical novel and so was dissappointed.
Published 3 months ago by Julie Taylor
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More About the Author

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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