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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. 

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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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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,044 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Guardian November 27, 2012
Format:Hardcover
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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6 of 6 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
Format:Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent October 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I trully enjoy the writings of Gerald Lund, this is no exception. I feel like I am in the story not sitting and reading a book.
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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By JLambyG
Format:Hardcover
In his remarks at the end, Lund admits to a lack of formal writing training. Unfortunately, it was obvious in this attempt.
As others have stated, the characters and storyline sometimes held my interest however, all too often they were simply irritatingly implausible and contradictory.
I've heard great things about his other books which I hear are very different and I may even give them a chance one day. However, I will NOT be purchasing the sequel to this book which was recently released.
As engaging as Grand-p'ere was, I never really connected to the young, head-strong heroine enough to care about her or her adventures.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and inspiring! August 10, 2013
By pk
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
great book, great author
Published 3 days ago by Carol Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have enjoyed all of Gerald Lund's books and this book was no exception. Excellent!!
Published 10 days ago by Myrna Burnette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I found the book good read
Published 11 days ago by John D. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun story for children and young teens. Relaxing read for the involved reader
Published 27 days ago by Ron Burgener
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book. Great story and in the middle you learn something as well.
Published 1 month ago by Ann Batchelor
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a wonderful book. It kept me on the edge of ...
This was a wonderful book. It kept me on the edge of my seat, and I had a hard time putting it down long enough to eat and sleep. I would highly recommend it to anyone!
Published 1 month ago by Vicki L. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Trinity
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting tale . . .. . . .
Honestly, I enjoyed this book and would recommend the 2nd and concluding volume. I have read the nay sayers' reviews, many of whom recommend this book just for teen readers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cam
5.0 out of 5 stars Some great life lessons
This book was an easy read. It had a good story line and taught some great life lessons that only a wise grandfather could teach. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This was a fun fast paced book. I read the sequel and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am wondering why it is not lending enabled?
Published 2 months ago by sparrow
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More About the Author

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 wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children.


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