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Jesus of Nazareth's announcement that he is the Messiah has blazed through Jerusalem and the surrounding countryside like wildfire. As he travels through Galilee, the crowds follow him, witnessing miracles and healings. Jesus teaches the parable of the lost sheep and the return of the prodigal son. He walks on the water. But discipleship to Jesus the Messiah has come at a h Jesus of Nazareth's announcement that he is the Messiah has blazed through Jerusalem and the surrounding countryside like wildfire. As he travels through Galilee, the crowds follow him, witnessing miracles and healings. Jesus teaches the parable of the lost sheep and the return of the prodigal son. He walks on the water. But discipleship to Jesus the Messiah has come at a high price for both Simeon and Miriam. Tensions mount when Miriam is faced with a deadly choice: confess her involvement in the events at Joknean Pass and further sacrifice her relationship with her father, or remain silent and sacrifice her friends and fellow disciples to the Romans. Meanwhile, Ya'abin begins attacking Roman columns in the Judean wilderness, and Mordechai and Marcus unite to face a common threat. But Mordechai has bigger plans than simply ensnaring the Desert Fox; he plots to eliminate the threat Jesus poses to his religion and his family. And if his plans happen to also eliminate Simeon the Javelin, so much the better. The Kingdom and the Crown, volume 2: Come unto Me is a story filled with passion and betrayal, action and sacrifice, friendships forged and relationships lost. It is a novel about coming to terms with the demands placed on your heart and about coming unto Him.


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Jesus of Nazareth's announcement that he is the Messiah has blazed through Jerusalem and the surrounding countryside like wildfire. As he travels through Galilee, the crowds follow him, witnessing miracles and healings. Jesus teaches the parable of the lost sheep and the return of the prodigal son. He walks on the water. But discipleship to Jesus the Messiah has come at a h Jesus of Nazareth's announcement that he is the Messiah has blazed through Jerusalem and the surrounding countryside like wildfire. As he travels through Galilee, the crowds follow him, witnessing miracles and healings. Jesus teaches the parable of the lost sheep and the return of the prodigal son. He walks on the water. But discipleship to Jesus the Messiah has come at a high price for both Simeon and Miriam. Tensions mount when Miriam is faced with a deadly choice: confess her involvement in the events at Joknean Pass and further sacrifice her relationship with her father, or remain silent and sacrifice her friends and fellow disciples to the Romans. Meanwhile, Ya'abin begins attacking Roman columns in the Judean wilderness, and Mordechai and Marcus unite to face a common threat. But Mordechai has bigger plans than simply ensnaring the Desert Fox; he plots to eliminate the threat Jesus poses to his religion and his family. And if his plans happen to also eliminate Simeon the Javelin, so much the better. The Kingdom and the Crown, volume 2: Come unto Me is a story filled with passion and betrayal, action and sacrifice, friendships forged and relationships lost. It is a novel about coming to terms with the demands placed on your heart and about coming unto Him.

30 review for Come Unto Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tim Larsen

    Everyone has to read this book... the author masterfully weaves together threads of a compelling fictional story line, Biblically consistent events and people (most of all Jesus), and interesting historical and cultural information about the time of Jesus. Characters are very well developed and real (most of all Jesus). Really felt like I was experiencing the Saviors ministry through the eyes of the David of Capernam’s family’s eyes. Learned so much about the history, culture and politics of the Everyone has to read this book... the author masterfully weaves together threads of a compelling fictional story line, Biblically consistent events and people (most of all Jesus), and interesting historical and cultural information about the time of Jesus. Characters are very well developed and real (most of all Jesus). Really felt like I was experiencing the Saviors ministry through the eyes of the David of Capernam’s family’s eyes. Learned so much about the history, culture and politics of the Jews under the Roman Empire as well as the events and teachings in the Bible. Extensively researched with additional background notes after each chapter. After my trip to Israel, I re-read all three books a second time and loved them even more, having seen the places mentioned

  2. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    Life in Judea and Galilee is wrought with tension. Mordechai is furious with Miriam for her acceptance of Jesus and keeps her under house arrest in Rome. Simeon is freed from prison under the conditions that he captures Moshe Ya'bien, a notorious bandit leader. Through their trials they are determined to stay true to the teachings of Jesus. Life in Judea and Galilee is wrought with tension. Mordechai is furious with Miriam for her acceptance of Jesus and keeps her under house arrest in Rome. Simeon is freed from prison under the conditions that he captures Moshe Ya'bien, a notorious bandit leader. Through their trials they are determined to stay true to the teachings of Jesus.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie P (Because My Mother Read)

    I am loving this trilogy! I have learned so much about the time of Christ and the culture and feel of that place and time. It has added insight into the Bible stories. It also has a very compelling story with the fictional characters. This book had a lot of intrigue and clever plotting. I am very impressed with all of the authors work to do all the research, depict the Savior and his disciples, and create dynamic and authentic characters that fit into a complex plot.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    The fictional story continues while interwoven with facts from the life of Jesus Christ. I loved the footnotes with detailed explanation of the facts surrounding the time of the Savior.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    Volume two, “Come Unto Me” was so good! I found I could hardly wait to get back to the story each time I sat down to read! This part of the trilogy chronicled several characters and their conversion to Jesus Christ and his teachings. Many miracles were performed and witnessed by humble people during his second year of ministry on the earth. As difficult as it was for me to follow the conflicts at the end of volume one, I found I was intrigued by Simeon and his determination to catch Ya’abin, whi Volume two, “Come Unto Me” was so good! I found I could hardly wait to get back to the story each time I sat down to read! This part of the trilogy chronicled several characters and their conversion to Jesus Christ and his teachings. Many miracles were performed and witnessed by humble people during his second year of ministry on the earth. As difficult as it was for me to follow the conflicts at the end of volume one, I found I was intrigued by Simeon and his determination to catch Ya’abin, which was much easier to follow and picture. I loved how after Simeon’s conversion, each plan he came up with was based on what would comply with following Jesus. It took many plans until the one he felt good about gave him peace in his required quest. Miriam, in dealing with her sneaky father, gave a whole different challenge to follow Jesus after her conversion. Some of my favorite parts were where the principle characters discussed Jesus’ teachings and determined how they impacted their lives, giving them answers. Wonderful stuff! And as always, I love the author’s notes at the end of each chapter which gave deeper insight into what was covered: scriptures, stories, cultural traditions, religious rituals, etc. I learned so much - and when that happens, I am enriched, and my understanding becomes clearer. On to volume three of the trilogy…

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    I loved this book as much (and maybe more) than the first book. It was much easier to get into the book knowing all of the characters already, and, again, I loved the portrayal of Christ and how much love he had for everyone. While reading this book, I've wanted so much to come closer to him and become more like him, which I think means that Lund achieved his purpose. Christ showed so much love to his disciples and friends and I loved feeling a sense of intimacy with the stories. There were still I loved this book as much (and maybe more) than the first book. It was much easier to get into the book knowing all of the characters already, and, again, I loved the portrayal of Christ and how much love he had for everyone. While reading this book, I've wanted so much to come closer to him and become more like him, which I think means that Lund achieved his purpose. Christ showed so much love to his disciples and friends and I loved feeling a sense of intimacy with the stories. There were still a few explanations and telling-not-showing parts, but I did stay much more engaged with the story instead of feeling a little jostled about, as in the first one. Perhaps I'm a bit like Yehuda, for I didn't quite understand Simeon's struggle some of the time. Mainly I didn't understand why he didn't just ask Jesus, as Peter suggested, but I suppose it made more sense by the end. Those were just minor things, though, and I really enjoyed myself. I have fallen in love with this series more than I expected to and I think it will become one of my favorites.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ben Lund

    I read this one quite a bit quicker than the first one. Part of that is because the beginning and end is filled with more of the fiction part of the story. The parts with Jesus and his teachings are still in there, and they still have the same powerful impact as in the first book, there is just less of it. Which makes sense, the third book is obviously going to be heavy about the last little bit of Jesus' life. If Lund follows the pattern he did in his "work & Glory" series, he needs to tie up o I read this one quite a bit quicker than the first one. Part of that is because the beginning and end is filled with more of the fiction part of the story. The parts with Jesus and his teachings are still in there, and they still have the same powerful impact as in the first book, there is just less of it. Which makes sense, the third book is obviously going to be heavy about the last little bit of Jesus' life. If Lund follows the pattern he did in his "work & Glory" series, he needs to tie up or start concluding loose ends in this book to make sure the next one doesn't turn into a 1000+ page tome. Regardless of his reasons, Lund writes an engaging story, his ability to write intriguing characters (although some are a little 1 dimensional) remains undiminished. It's comforting to have the footnotes at the end of most chapters as well to provide clarifying notes as well as an insight into some of the research that supports the underlying story. Thoroughly enjoyable and uplifting.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    Like Lund's series The Work and the Glory where he inserts fictional characters into documented historical events and in connection with real people, Lund here creates a series around the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. I read the series after my daughter thoroughly enjoyed and recommended it. Like the TV series The Chosen (which my family loves, loves, loves - check it out!), this series made the life and teachings of Jesus Christ come alive. It also helped me learn much about the historica Like Lund's series The Work and the Glory where he inserts fictional characters into documented historical events and in connection with real people, Lund here creates a series around the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. I read the series after my daughter thoroughly enjoyed and recommended it. Like the TV series The Chosen (which my family loves, loves, loves - check it out!), this series made the life and teachings of Jesus Christ come alive. It also helped me learn much about the historical context of the New Testament. Although the books are a bit long, I enjoyed them and learned a lot.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I didn't learn much in this book -- my main reason for liking Gerald Lund's books is that it gives me historical context through a fictional story. It focused mainly on the fictional family, rather than the historical ministry of Jesus. I liked the fictional story well enough, just because I like most stories, but not as strong as the first book, though I thought it was a bit heavy on their discussing and defining what different teachings of Jesus meant and how they ought to be lived. I'm assumi I didn't learn much in this book -- my main reason for liking Gerald Lund's books is that it gives me historical context through a fictional story. It focused mainly on the fictional family, rather than the historical ministry of Jesus. I liked the fictional story well enough, just because I like most stories, but not as strong as the first book, though I thought it was a bit heavy on their discussing and defining what different teachings of Jesus meant and how they ought to be lived. I'm assuming the 3rd in the trilogy will focus on the last months of Jesus's ministry.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cnelsonquilt

    I listened to this book and the reader drives me a little crazy with the women's dialogue. It is very forced and canned. It sounds like a preschooler or kindergartner. The written dialogue especially for the females is also very simplistic and forced. These two problems together make it a little hard to listen to. I listened to this book and the reader drives me a little crazy with the women's dialogue. It is very forced and canned. It sounds like a preschooler or kindergartner. The written dialogue especially for the females is also very simplistic and forced. These two problems together make it a little hard to listen to.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I love this beautiful series!! It helped me understand a lot of the setting for the new testament and helped me feel like I was at the foot of the Savior listening to His teachings. It offers a lot of contextual insights to the parables and teachings of Jesus Christ.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Janzen

    Good, but not as good as the first one.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Racquel

    I love how scripture stories come right off the page. I can picture things vividly. I love the fictional characters intermixed with real events.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I loved the second book in the series even more than the first. There was so much intrigue, mystery, romance, tons of interesting thing to learn about Jesus and the time he lived in.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    I still have a hard time with what I call Brother Lund's "Americanization" of the language and circumstances portrayed in this book. However, the story is fun, well crafted and faith promoting. I still have a hard time with what I call Brother Lund's "Americanization" of the language and circumstances portrayed in this book. However, the story is fun, well crafted and faith promoting.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pat

    The characters are fully developed and interesting. It holds your interest to find out how they will react to their surroundings and particularly to the teachings of Jesus.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laprincessedecleves

    I love this series and the author's writing style. I enjoy rereading them. I love this series and the author's writing style. I enjoy rereading them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marcy

    Really enjoyed this story!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    A little slower paced than the first book, but still a good read by Lund. His writing is easy to read and his characters likable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    This second installment was so worth getting through the first book. I enjoyed it so much more. The story was more interesting and picked up the pace of the book. Looking forward to book 3!

  21. 5 out of 5

    John

    Not so much a fan of the audio...but the story continues to roll right along.

  22. 5 out of 5

    June

    I am really enjoying this Trilogy! My knowledge about the events in Christ's time has significantly increased. So much testimony to Jesus the Christ! I am really enjoying this Trilogy! My knowledge about the events in Christ's time has significantly increased. So much testimony to Jesus the Christ!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Excellent! Better than the first book!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This series is beautifully written and really takes you to Jerusalem in Jesus' time. This series is beautifully written and really takes you to Jerusalem in Jesus' time.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Keller

    Good story, but not as much researched context of the times (as in the first book), which is what I liked about it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dail Allen

    Historical fiction. Trilogy about the events of the life of Jesus

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gil Bradshaw

    Had a hard time sticking to this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Interesting story, interspersed with teachings from Jesus and how the characters apply the teachings. It gives some insight in how people might have lived and accepted Jesus at that time.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sonia

    A continuation of a beautiful story. You get to really love the characters and their spiritual journeys.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    I really appreciated the way this book painted a cultural picture on the world of that time.

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