Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Book Wednesdays: Dear and Glorious Physician by Taylor Caldwell

Dear Students and Friends,

This Wednesday's book is not a "new" book--but it is new to the School.

"Dear and Glorious Physician," by Taylor Caldwell, is a fictionalized account of the life of St Luke. It tells his story, and the story of his coming to faith, set in the rich background of first-century Israel and Rome. I read this book many years ago and it filled me with faith. First published in 1959, it was out of print for a long time and can now be read again.

Here's what Amazon says about it:

The world-famous novel about the triumphant story of St. Luke, man of science, and Gospel writer!

Today St. Luke is known as the author of the third Gospel of the New Testament, but two thousand years ago he was Lucanus, a Greek, a man who loved, knew the emptiness of bereavement, and later traveled through the hills and wastes of Judea asking, "What manner of man was my Lord?" And it is of this Lucanus that Taylor Caldwell tells here in one of the most stirring stories ever lived or written.
Lucanus grew up in the household of his stepfather, the Roman govenor of Antioch. After studying medicine in Alexandria he became one of the greatest physicians of the ancient world and traveled far and wide through the Mediterranean region healing the sick.

As time went on he learned of the life and death of Christ and saw in Him the God he was seeking. To find out all he could about the life and teachings of Jesus, whom he never saw, Lucanus visited all the places where Jesus had been, questioning everyone--including His mother, Mary--who had known Him or heard Him preach. At last, when he had gathered all information possible, he wrote down what we now know as the Gospel according to St. Luke.

Taylor Caldwell has chosen the grand, the splendid means to tell of St. Luke. Her own travels through the Holy Land and years of meticulous research made Dear and Glorious Physician a fully developed portrait of a complex and brilliant man and a colorful re-creation of ancient Roman life as it contrasted in its decadence with the new world Christianity was bringing into being. Here is a story to warm, to inspire, to call forth renewal of faith and love lying deep in each reader's heart.

A portrait so moving and so eloquent I doubt it is paralleled elsewhere in literature. Here indeed is Taylor Caldwell's major novel!

I guarantee you will not be able to put this book down. It will increase your faith and drive you once again to the wonderful Gospel of St Luke. This book is offered as a companion study to our Read-Along.

You can earn 2 credits for reading this book. Simply read, fill out the General Worksheet for books (available from the Lessons tab, above) and e-mail it to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com for your credits.

Buy the book here.

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