Monday, March 2, 2015

LDS BOOK REVIEW: A Generation Rising by Gerald N. Lund


The strongest steel is forged in the hottest flames. From master storyteller Gerald N. Lund comes a new blockbuster series chronicling the lives of two families who will face some of the most turbulent times in history as they are tried to their very cores. Will they be tempered and strengthened by the hammering blows, will they bend to the point of breaking, or will they completely shatter?

As volume one begins, life could not be more promising for the Eckhardts. They finally have a son, Hans, the male heir they have longed for and a child of such brilliance and promise that his success seems certain. But as youthful Hans’s ambition takes him away from his family and their small Bavarian village, the winds of unrest in Europe are about to erupt into the greatest war the world has ever known.

Kicking off a story that will cross generations—and continents—the Eckhardts must brace themselves to weather the storms and turmoil that lie ahead. Only through sheer determination and fortitude will they be able to pass through the refiner’s fire and come out stronger and more united than ever before.


Elder Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He served for thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, and he served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008. He is a prolific and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction and is best known for his historical novels, including The Work and the Glory series, Fire of the Covenant, The Kingdom and the Crown series, and The Undaunted. He and his late wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children.


Gerald Lund tackles more recent history in this new book, A Generation Rising.  The story starts in Germany around the turn of the last century.  This book is intended to be the first of a new series revolving around two families, one German, and one American whose lives intertwine at some point.  I appreciated the time Lund took to explain some of Germany's history as this volume focuses on the German family.  While I've read a great deal about Germany during World War I and II, I knew very little of its history prior to that, so it was helpful to have the author explain some of the history.  It helped me better understand why Germany behaves the way it does.  And of course this history comes into play in the lives of the Eckhardt family as they find themselves caught in some of the most turbulent times in history.  As always, Lund places the reader in the forefront of the action as the Eckhardt's face change on all sides.  A book I thoroughly enjoyed and a series I look forward to continuing.

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