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Dear and Glorious Physician

A Novel About Saint Luke
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
Length: 31 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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From Taylor Caldwell, the world-famous novel about the triumphant story of St. Luke, man of science and Gospel writer 

Lucanus grew up in the household of his stepfather, the Roman governor 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's 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. Here is a story to warm, to inspire, to call forth renewal of faith and love lying deep in each listener's heart.

©2008 Taylor Caldwell Prestie Corporation (P)2018 Tantor

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  • Mary
  • 08-08-18

Must read!

This is one of my favorite books of all time. This is an historical novel about the life of Saint Luke the physician.

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  • jeff
  • 24-03-19

Truly a classic of Christian fiction

A slow paced book, but only because the author was so amazingly descriptive. i saw the places, tasted the food, felt the comforts and discomforts, became endeared to many of the characters. I rejoiced, wept, and was awed.
The narrator gave the work a theatrical presentation as he so very effectively used his own imagination and voice inflection, pitch, and pacing to create characters rather then just read a story.
i am sad that it is over.

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  • Texas Ranger
  • 25-09-18

Texas Ranger

excellent, a must to read. different but disturbing good. the story continues in the bible.

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  • George
  • 28-08-18

This book is, was, and always will be a great book

So glad this is back in print and on audible. Wore out a copy a long time ago. Will wear out another.

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  • Laeta
  • 07-08-18

Roman Catholic point of view.

The story is well woven. I did find the heavy negativity of Lucanos to be hard to get through sometimes. The narration was well done. The end reflects the strong Roman Catholic view of Mary.

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  • Linda J. Swenson
  • 08-12-19

So thought provoking, I am rereading it!!

So enjoyed the detail, the research that Ms. Caldwell gave to enrich the story. Even the characters grew in wisdom and knowledge as they came to understand what was going on around them. It put me in a different position seeing Lucanos as though it were I watching what was happening to the cosmos and how people reacted. All things come together in the birth, death and resurrection of the Christ but watching it unfold as though you were there and not knowing what was going on albeit knowing the ancient readings really made for interesting reading. I am ready to reread to pick up more details.

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  • Marold
  • 10-11-19

Good story but Eurocentric and sexist

Good story but Eurocentric in the fact that Jesus is portrayed as golden haired and blue-eyed. Sexist in that women are portrayed as best to being in the home and if not it causes the downfall of society.

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  • Debra Kudelka-Beavers
  • 26-10-19

Wonderful journey.

In Taylor Caldwell fashion you are immersed on a journey of spiritual knowledge and understanding.

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  • Mermaid Tales Studio
  • 17-04-19

Wonderful and Refreshing

I had read this book when it first came out. I loved it then. As a younger person, I took the information in this book, semi fictional as it may be, and was intrigued by the historical revelations and such accuracy. It also seemed to fit neatly into my idea I had of faith.

Listening to it now that I am older and events that have happened within my life, my faith has changed and grown with me. Hearing this story told again, it has shown me how even at the time of Jesus’ death the uncertainty that surrounded all who were affected. The need of faith and the surety of knowing within, that we are of the Transcendent and are surely to return to our creator again.

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  • susan
  • 06-04-19

Childhood favorite

This was a unique experience for me because this was the first novel I have grown up reading that I didn’t love as much when I listened to it. I was at first turned off by the narrator. He seemed to me to be robotic but because I loved the book so, I kept going and I’m so glad I did. When it comes to the character’s’ voices, he is one of the best narrators I’ve listened to-when he is just reading the narrative he goes back to being robotic. It wasn’t difficult getting used to. He did an exceptional job.
I hadn’t realized this book was over 60 yeas old. When she describes Jesus and Mary it is quite outdated-they are both fair complected with blonde hair and blue eyes. Mary is young and virginal even in middle age-that’s not how I imagined her to be. I see her as being more human, less saintly. But that is just my rendition of her.
I realized that when reading, you can glance over parts you find uninteresting. I suspect that is what I always did when I got to the last quarter of the story. It slows down considerably towards the end-I think she was showing many of the experiences that Luke had in writing his gospel and becomes more preachy. Having said that, it is still worth your time and a credit. Because of the subject I would think Christians might appreciate how the author wove Luke’s story into his gospel. Still one of my favorites, just not in my top 10 audiobooks.