The Great Gathering (Standing in Holy Places, 1)

The Great Gathering Standing in Holy Places Verily this is the word of the Lord that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints DC In the near future Tad and Emma North and their children live in a United States

  • Title: The Great Gathering (Standing in Holy Places, 1)
  • Author: Chad Daybell
  • ISBN: 9781932898798
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Paperback
  • Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints DC 84 4 In the near future, Tad and Emma North and their children live in a United States that is growing increasingly wicked The Norths and their extended family notice that many Latter day Saints are being deceived by alluring temptations, and theyVerily this is the word of the Lord, that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints DC 84 4 In the near future, Tad and Emma North and their children live in a United States that is growing increasingly wicked The Norths and their extended family notice that many Latter day Saints are being deceived by alluring temptations, and they wonder how much longer the Lord will allow American society to continue its downward spiral Then comes an invitation from Church leaders for the Saints to gather together This invitation isn t well accepted and even openly mocked but those faithful Church members who trust in the Lord soon find themselves accomplishing monumental tasks Join these humble yet heroic Saints as they embark on an unprecedented journey to build New Jerusalem.The Great Gathering, the first novel in the Standing in Holy Places series, paints a vivid picture of exciting prophesied events that still must occur before the Second Coming If you have an interest in what awaits the members of the LDS Church, this series should definitely be on your reading list

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    1. I read this book, and although some dialogue was corny, it got me thinking about the future. I know it is just fiction, but the author takes a lot of things from the scriptures, what the prophets have said, and just the direction the world is going. I am typically scared of "things to come" but this helped me put things into perspective and realize all I can do is prepare myself and my family. I found myself evaluating how faithful and obedient I would be if faced with similar challenges in our [...]

    2. Fictional account of the last days. Interesting depiction of events, but I gave the book 3 stars because the dialogue was lame! I was able to look past the dialogue because I was very interested to see how the author was going to play things out. I'll definitely want to read the sequel, but I'm crossing my fingers that the author will make the conversation of his characters a little more believable.

    3. Read this again, and was again disappointed that the writing doesn't match the value of the story. (This time I reduced it to four stars.) But that said, the way it made me think & feel was so powerful, that I still LOVE reading it, and will again!Original review: My mom recommended this series to me as a quick read, very enlightening about a possible future as we prepare for the second cominganks, Mom! It was riviting - "freaky" was how I described it to my kids, freaky because so much of i [...]

    4. This book is a work of FICTION, but it is based on the prophecies of the last days. Because I like learning about the last days and the second coming anyway, I had a hard time putting this book down. I finished it in 2 days. It is easy reading that follows 3 LDS families over the course of about 1 year when major changes happen in the US that prepare the way for the second coming. Most of the story takes place in Utah and covers topics such as "the chip", earthquakes, floods, tent cities in the [...]

    5. This five book series shows one author's ideas of how the revelations spoken of in the scriptures (especially like those in the Book of Revelations) concerning the last days and leading up to Christ's second coming could come to pass. The author is quick to say that these books of course are fiction and he has no idea when these prophecies will actually come to pass, but I enjoyed the series because each book allowed me to become more familiar with the prophecies and kept me thinking about wheth [...]

    6. I really give this book a 3.5 stars and here is why: I thought the author's writing style was a bit blah. I found it somewhat tedious, repetitive and not descriptive (and I HATE when I find multiple typos in a book). The characters were flat and unreal to me. HOWEVER, the concept of the book and the twists and turns of the plot were intriguing to me and I found that I couldn't put the book down. I read it in 2 days. So all in all I would recommend this book. It definitely gave me some "food for [...]

    7. This book was an easy read. I found the story concept an excellent topic but found the authors inability to develop his characters or go into detail beyond the obvious storyline a little maddening and was tempted to re-write the book myself!!! It was predictable and disappointing to say the least.

    8. So the story is that a man who is the author has had a vision while he hasa near-death experience and the vision is about his family and how they survivethe end of the world. America is going down a dangerous road and World War 3 just so happens when America is not prepared for it because the wicked people made God mad. So a bunch of hurricanes and earthquakes come to pass and riots come a take what they can get to survive. He has a plan for the saints to survive and build the new Jerusalem. I L [...]

    9. Ummmm, OK, first off I will list the good thing about this book. I have read MANY last days books and this one had some different scenarios than the others and that was interesting. It caused me to think about these possible scenarios and decide about how they can apply to my life. However, I felt the writing was very elementary. The author did't seem to have done his research well or maybe just didn't care about making all of the scenarios believeable. My husband laughed out loud at tanks takin [...]

    10. First read Dec. 14, 2010 At my second reading I read it with a little more maturity and less desire to pick apart the lack of sophisticated writing. I'm stuck here on just how to rate this book. I am intrigued by the subject matter. I wasn't bothered by the pace and lack of depth. (Although at times it felt like the Cliff Notes of the actual story.) It was nice not to have the whole story drug out by being overly descriptive. Sometimes vagueness can help the story be plausable. On the other hand [...]

    11. Ok this is a very quick read. Not a literature wonder by far. I wasn't reading it to be moved by words. For some reason end of the world as we know it, ie second comming, books really intrigue me. I am kind of strange in the fact that I think it would be totally cool to leave my home and move up into the mountains, live the law of consecration, then travel to build the New Jerusalem, in anticipation of the Savior coming again. I probably will need to be reminded of this fact when it actually doe [...]

    12. I started reading this series in an attempt to understand more about the last days. I fully understand these are fictional I have also been reading The Coming of the Lord by Gerald Lund which is full of quotes from scripture and the brethren. I have been pleasantly surprised to see that Daybell has worked hard to include so many events (his version of how it could occur) that are prophesied. There are parts of the books that seem a little "out there." But my overall feeling from these books is [...]

    13. I absolutely love this book and its sequal, "The Celestial City". This book is about "signs of the times" from the final years before the second coming of Christ. It tells of all the trials people will face, but that if we stay strong and do what Heavenly Father's prophets tell us to no matter how bizarre it may sound to us(who have no view of what Heavenly Father can see), we will never have any reason to fear. I would recommend this book to any who have read "The Book of Mormon" before and pro [...]

    14. This book is mainly information squeezed poorly into a story of 3 families. I never attached to any characters. The author Chad Daybell didn't even describe what they looked like, the dialogue was laughable, and even dramitic events didn't evoke any emotion. I was over half way through the book when I realized one of the kids in the book was 17, not 10 or 11 as I had supposed. Clearly this book is to inform us of the last days and call outs to Tent Cities etc. Stan bought me the whole 3 book ser [...]

    15. This was a quick read and like others have said a work of fiction. But it made me think and I really like that. This book takes 3 couples not too far from my age and follows their stories through the times leading up to the second coming of Christ. I actually did not think the events portrayed in the book are far-fetched. Not that this is exactly how things will happen, but there is logic to them. One of the main reasons I enjoyed this book is that it made me realize the importance of following [...]

    16. As I watch events unfold in the world, I can't help but wonder how quickly the Savior will come again. I know that there are many things prophesied in the scriptures that still need to come to pass, but it's amazing how many things have already occurred. This book takes a look at the Last Days from an LDS perspective. The dialogue is cheesy at times and the book isn't very well edited. One character changed names within two paragraphs for example. But even with its flaws, this book has an import [...]

    17. Although a lot of people seem to make fun of the guys writing and I actually did find myself laughing at the simplicity and almost sillyness in the writing. The story is good and I personally kind of liked the simplicity of the words. My vocabulary is lacking at times and I like it once in a while when I can just enjoy a simple book. But I feel this one although it doesn't stretch your vocabulary will make you think about some of the very cool and very scarey things that could happen in the last [...]

    18. I read this book when it first came out and I loved it. I am now reading the whole series and went back to refresh my memory of what happened in the first book and I'm a little disappointed. I know this is fiction, but a part of me still wants it to feel as if it could be real. If my husband died and then came back to life the first words out of my mouth would not be "whew! That was close!" And after the earthquakes how did they have power? And how did they text each other? I don't know. it just [...]

    19. Daybell is not a Shakespeare, but I enjoy his books because he writes about things I am interested in. He does a lot of research, and I believe that most of things that happen in his books about the Second Coming and post-mortal life will really happen. This is the first book in his "Standing in Holy Places" series. It is about the winding-up scenes before the Second Coming--the mark of the beast, the U.S. government collapsing and the U.S. being taken over by foreign powers. It showed how hard [...]

    20. I found the premise of this book interesting and so I enjoyed reading the book for that aspect. It's definitely an easy read and it is entertaining for the most part. Other than the intriguing premise and light reading that this book was, that's about all I enjoyed about it. The writing was badke really bad. So bad that I thought a 4 year old was the author, which is sad because I think the idea of this book and the whole series is clever and could have had a huge impact if the writing and depth [...]

    21. I read this book in preparation for the activities we are planning for our ward as an Activities Committee this year. It's not a book I would have normally read. And while it was a typical (sometimes cheesy) LDS novel without the best story and character development, it was still a good read to get me thinking. It gave a very plausible idea of how we could be called to gather to Zion, and made me think of different ways we need to prepared. I will probably read the next ones just to see what wil [...]

    22. It's quite interesting how the author uses scriptural references to create his story of the great calamities before the 2nd coming. I found myself thinking, "Yeah, that could happen," quite a few times. So I don't think it's farfetched.Even though the writing style is pretty boring, the content is quite suspenseful so it was hard to put down. I'm curious to read the rest of the series now.Mindy, do you have the other books?

    23. It seems everyone who read it was interested in the subject of the second coming and how certain prophesies might be fulfilled. It did get you thinking about being prepared temporally and spiritually for the "future", but I agree with most:the writting was not up to par for the subject matter. Maybe that's a good thing. If this was really, really well written mass hysteria might have ensued.or mass conversions????? THAT would not have been bad. I admit I read the second one as well.

    24. This book reads like an extended Jack Chick comic (you know, the ones your neighbors give out on Halloween). It is about that deep and contains that level of 'spiritual insights'.Which is a shame, because the author has an interesting premise, it just needs to be shown, not told. There is no dramatic tension, no distinguishable characters (outside of poor Tad). If this had a good re-write it could be compelling stuff.And the tent camps read more "North Korea" than "Zion".

    25. I've read four books in this series, with the final one not out yet. I liked #1, and #4 the best, as it portrayed in more detail how the final days might play out, prior to the 2nd coming of Christ. The character development, and story line aren't the strong points of these books, but for Latter Day Saints who wonder, or worry about the last days, it provides some possible answers and reinforces in this fictional account how God will be there for those who must face such "perilous times."

    26. Hmmmwhat to sayhorrible writing, but interesting ideas. I just wish the other could have done a better job developing his characters, etc. It was just not well written. (It's a last-days, LDS book.)Seriously, made me think I'd never read a book from this author againbut I didd that's in another review.

    27. Read this in one evening and was intrigued with the author's character groups. I say group because they were family units. It was interesting to follow the growth of each group and see their response to each stage of disaster. But not enough to get me to read the rest of the series. The scenerio of the "end of times" was conjecture but is probably very close to what will happen.

    28. can Emma and her family find the New Zion ? will their lives be calmer than her adventures into the past and future ? Chad Daybell writes as though the reader is Emma. When Emma goes into the past the reader walks in her shoes. Adventure, history and laughter is the key in this continuing story of Emma and her family.

    29. Well, I would actually give it 3 1/2 stars if it were possible. This was a great "what if" story about the second coming. Some of the events seem a little far fetched, but not so much that you want to put the novel down. There are a lot of things in there that make you start to think about things though. It's a very very quick read.

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