Fresh Courage Take

Fresh Courage Take The United States turned a blind eye when the Mormons were driven from Missouri to Illinois and finally out of the country altogether How can the government and Brigham Young now be asking the Mormons

  • Title: Fresh Courage Take
  • Author: Dean Hughes
  • ISBN: 9781609078737
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The United States turned a blind eye when the Mormons were driven from Missouri to Illinois and finally out of the country altogether How can the government and Brigham Young now be asking the Mormons to come up with 500 able bodied soldiers to assist in the war with Mexico And how can Will Lewis be asked to join the Mormon Battalion when it means leaving Liz and their tThe United States turned a blind eye when the Mormons were driven from Missouri to Illinois and finally out of the country altogether How can the government and Brigham Young now be asking the Mormons to come up with 500 able bodied soldiers to assist in the war with Mexico And how can Will Lewis be asked to join the Mormon Battalion when it means leaving Liz and their two little boys on their own in the wilderness How many sacrifices will be required in order for the Saints to create Zion And in modern day Nauvoo, Jeff and Abby Lewis are facing challenges of their own Juggling family priorities, professional responsibilities, and Church callings becomes and almost impossible feat It is clear that building Zion in the latter days will require sacrifices, just as it did in the time of Jeff s ancestors.In this concluding volume of the Come to Zion trilogy, beloved novelist Dean Hughes provides a unique perspective on the struggles and sacrifices and ultimate joy of faithful Saints in any generation.

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    1. Dean Hughes is the author of than eighty books for young readers, including the popular sports series Angel Park All Stars, the Scrappers series, the Nutty series, the widely acclaimed companion novels Family Pose and Team Picture, and Search and Destroy Soldier Boys was selected for the 2001 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list Dean Hughes and his wife, Kathleen, have three children and six grandchildren They live in Midway, Utah.

    2. 3.5 starsI'm happy to be a part of reviewing this final installment of the Come to Zion series by Dean Hughes. I've reviewed both of the previous books in this series and it's always satisfying to come to the end of a series. Closure, that's what it is.I first need to say that Dean Hughes is such a gifted writer. He is a man who knows his craft. Historical Fiction is what he does best and when you read a Dean Hughes book, you know that the research has been done. You can feel it. At the end of t [...]

    3. Each of the books in this series have been inspiring and delightful to read. Fresh Courage Take is an incredible finish to the series. Dean Hughes is a master of historical fiction and in this series he has interwoven present day characters of Abby and Jeff with the stories of their ancestors Will and Liz. The details he incorporates make the books come to life. I feel such a deep respect for the pioneers who settled this great land--this marvelous state of Utah in which I now reside.Fresh Coura [...]

    4. This is a good final book in the series that covers a lot of ground from leaving Nauvoo, getting to Council Bluffs, the Mormon Battalion's march, and then arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, as well as the parallel modern day story of Abby and Jeff and their decisions and faithfulness in Nauvoo. Again, I appreciated the insights and honesty in the characters and the great examples and faithfulness they exhibited through their trials and decisions.I have loved the titles of theses books - this one [...]

    5. As I have read this series I have place my own ancestors who lived in Nauvoo and were members of the Mormon Battalion in their place. I honor their courage and dedication to their religion (and mine).

    6. I always like Dean Hughes. This wasn't my favorite series of his, but it was still very good. I learned a lot about the Mormon Battalion and the trek west. His characters are always easy to relate to.

    7. I enjoyed this series but it felt really rushed at the end. Still made me love and appreciate the sacrifices made by the pioneers.

    8. This was a marvelous volume. Dean Hughes has a talented way of weaving a story that gets stronger and more passionate with each new book. I wouldn't be surprised if this three volume series like many of the movies of today grows into a fourth or even a fifth volume set."Fresh Courage Take" is very moving. I caught myself shutting the book early because I was afraid to see what might be happening next to these believeable characters. On the other hand, I would be reading along and tears would be [...]

    9. As a writer who created this book by book synopsis blog analysis of Gerald Lund's entire Work and the Glory series, my link text it was interesting to compare this more condensed (and a little more depressing) story of Hughes' Mormon Battalion to Gerald Lund's W&G #9 version. Winter Quarters also took on a more drab and dreary tone with Dean Hughes narration.In the last volume, I critiqued Will's overly pious attitude. He is quick to always turn the other cheek to his blood-thirsty anti-Morm [...]

    10. I loved this series so much! This third book in the series tied it all up quite nicely. The characters in the story seemed like real people to me with hopes and dreams just as I have. The characters from the 1800's painted a true picture of the hardships of the early Mormon pioneers and their challenges and struggles. I felt their pains and sorrows and their hope and their faithfulness. But I equally felt the faithfulness and modern day trials of Abby and Jeff Lewis, the descendants of the Will [...]

    11. I LOVE THIS SERIES!CAPTIVATING!TOUCHING!Trials, fears, and hardships are endured on both ends of the generational divideBut each learns that family and dear friends is what it is all about.A connection from the past into the futureServing one anotherKnowing that we only become stronger when we do what needs to be doneBut joyous blessings are promised to those that persevere.You will read of how Will and Liz are forced to leave their beloved city of NauvooThe struggle and decision for Will to joi [...]

    12. I thoroughly enjoyed this series. It taught me a lot about early church history in a way that was easy to understand and relate to. This final book was a story that was new to me, the Mormon Batallion. I didn't realize how hard it was, for the soldier and those left behind! I guess I just haven't heard that many stories about it. A large part of the story was depressing and down. But I appreciated the characters having a somewhat positive attitude and knowing they would be better people because [...]

    13. This is the end of a trilogy. I would give it 3.5 stars. A little too descriptive in some parts but still a great book. I love how the story is written about two different families in two different time periods. Will and Liz Lewis, must flee their home in Nauvoo to travel west with the Saints. When Will is called to be a part of the Mormon Battalion, Liz wonders how she will survive alone. Jeff and Abby live in Nauvoo and are trying to make it, in a tough situation. Jeff wonders if he should qui [...]

    14. 4.5 stars. I've really enjoyed listening to this series that looks at the lives of two different couples -- one from the early days of the church in Nauvoo and then the migration west, and another (descendants of the first) in modern day. Reading stories like this that bring the struggles of the early saints to a more realistic, daily light is always so humbling and inspiring. I admit to not knowing a lot about the Mormon Battalion previously, so I found that aspect of the story to be interestin [...]

    15. Dean Hughes tells a good story and he has done his research. Laura Hillenbrand is still my favorite historical author, but the subject of Hughes' three-book series is more personal for me. I believe any LDS member and especially anyone with ancestors tied to the Nauvoo period will enjoy what Hughes has created. He has given more life to this important part of our history and made me be even more grateful for the strength and perseverance of our pioneer ancestors. Their decisions and grit have le [...]

    16. I really enjoyed this 3rd and final book in Dean Hughes' Come to Zion series. It isn't an ending though - the adventures and hardships will continue for these characters/people. I was especially intrigued by the details about the march of the Mormon Battalion. It was much more physically and emotionally difficult than I had even imagined - a real refiner's fire. No wonder those who made that march are honored! I feel like I know some of these people after reading all 3 books and I will miss them [...]

    17. As I searched my own family history, I discovered that one of my ancestors, Andrew Jackson Shupe, lived the life represented in this book by Will and Liz. He came to Nauvoo around 1842, experienced the martyrdom, left with the first waves of Saints to wallow in the mud of Iowa, and signed on with the Mormon Battalion. Just like Will, he left his wife at Winter Quarters in a wagon with small children. His story came to life for me through the stories of Will and Liz. I loved it!

    18. I liked how the author brought a new perspective on the Mormon Battalion where the main character, Will, struggled with the march and with leaving his wife Abby and their two sons. I also liked the modern story that paralleled the past. I wish that the author had fleshed out the modern story of Jeff and Abby more. I also liked the bit of wisdom at the end of the story: "Zion wasn't a place. It was a way of living. He (Will) hoped his children and their children would always understand that."

    19. This was a good conclusion to the series. I learned a lot about the Mormon Battalion, which was really interesting. What a brutal year they had. Hughes' take on early church leaders was very candid and refreshing, and the use of the priesthood among the early women members was also touched on, which was brave of him considering current events. I still don't like the modern-day storyline as much as the 1840s one, but I always learn a lot of interesting historical things from him.

    20. I guess the author has done a good job when I feel really sad to see a series end--feel like I leaving my best friends! Historical fiction is my favorite genre of books and I really enjoyed taking a closer look at the Mormon Battalion, in addition to the pioneers making the trek to Salt Lake City. The author gave me a little different perspective on Brigham Young and the tremendous pressures placed upon him.

    21. Honestly, I was enjoying this series, but I had a really hard time with this last book. Everything is so dreary and miserable until the last chapter when finally it seems hopeful! I know times were hard back then, and even for the couple in modern day, but I found it depressing to read. Even other books that cover LDS history, highlight better the good times, and have more hopeful of a read. Sorry!!

    22. Best of the three books on my opinion. I never knew much about the Mormon Battalion although I have two ancestors who were members, and gained a deep appreciation for those men and four women. I knew they walked a long way but had no idea the hardships they endured. Dean Hughes is such a terrific writer and does his research which I appreciate. He has a way of grabbing you from the beginning and makes you feel a part of the characters lives. I did not want this series to end.

    23. This book was great for me to feel the experiences of the Mormon Battalion. I'm so glad I could read all three of the books in the series while living in Nauvoo. I especially appreciate the author including things that were hard for the early saints and that the main characters chose to stay strong and be obedient to leaders.

    24. I really enjoy Dean Hughes' take on historical fiction. While this one, for some reason, took me a while to get through, I still thought it was well done. The hardest part for me, is imagining everything that the saints went through when they traveled to Salt Lake. Sometimes I wonder if my faith is that strong.

    25. This book took me a little too long to read. I just had a hard time getting into it even though I knew the characters and the story. I felt like much of it I had read before. But I loved reading about the brothers in the Mormon battalion. It was a different story than just the pioneers crossing the plains. Overall I have enjoyed this series. I would probably give it 3 and a half stars.

    26. I really enjoyed this series especially since it compared modern day trials to those of the pioneers. Sometimes I complain when my husband has long meetings and is gone a lot with his church calling but that is nothing compared to what the pioneer women had to go through when their husbands left for the Mormon Battalion.

    27. I loved it! I tore through this in a day and a half and loved seeing how the parallel stories were wrapped up. I definitely needed a few tissues as I read of the challenges they faced and rejoiced when families were reunited.

    28. This series was definitely about hardships so at times it was a struggle to get through. I loved the history and I enjoyed the two story lines. I felt that following the early saints and their descendants was a fun way to connect with the characters.

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