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The Great and Terrible, Vol. 1: Prologue, The Brothers [Kindle Edition]

Chris Stewart
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In the time before Creation, before so many of the children of God turned away from their Father and walked knowingly into the dark, there was a choosing, a sifting, a contest of ideas and a battle for souls. In that great premortal war, each of us learned the first lessons of life: The great ones may fall. The wicked can change. The weak and the foolish can become the strongest of all. And the battle between good and evil is the same regardless of the time or place.

The Brothers is the first novel in a new series by national bestselling author Chris Stewart. The Great and Terrible takes us from the beginning of time to the final hours of the last days, revealing the greatest secret of all: The children of God can defeat the adversary, for we have fought him before.

Praise for The Brothers:

I wanted to give you some feedback on one of your new authors that I think is just incredible. I recently read The Brothers by author Chris Stewart. I hope you encourage this new author to write more. I felt his work went from great writing to inspirational at times. He has a unique humbleness about his writings that lead me to feel differently about this author than many of your authors. He has something to say of worth, he touched my soul. I am a stake president in South Carolina and found it so inspiring that I gave each of my Bishop's a copy as well as my High Council. I typically don't endorse any books unless written by one of the brethren, but I was given this book and could not set it down. Finally the worth of this author and book is the motivational spirit he brings to the book. I have a renewed sense of who I am and all that I have shared the book with feel the same. We look forward to his next work. — Brad Holt

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book (Sept. 30 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002R2046Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #730,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Too much of a parable... June 3 2014
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The other series prior to this at least had a story line that was interesting, but the author's obliviously has a strong religious slant towards his personal beliefs.

Very disappointing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and not doctrine - Simple Story and Dialog. Dec 5 2006
By James Duckett - Published on
Unlike the other reviewers, I had no problems putting this book from time to time. In fact, on its own I would probably only give this two or three stars except for the difficulty the author must have had in imagining the pre-mortal life. He does start the book off with a warning that this is not doctrine and he did have to take some creative liberties, some of which he outlined right at the beginning. With that warning in place, it did help me to accept the world that Chris Stewart created. The world we might have come from before coming to the one we are on now.

The story is pretty simple and really predictable. What I really wish the author had done better was making us understand some of the temptations that people had to go through. I'd like to see why some decided to choose one way and others to choose another. They did point out a couple of things, such as choosing Satan in hopes of gaining power and prestige, but they never really showed why people chose Christ. There was just no mental anguish in the decision making and this led to a lot of disbelief. The one character who might have gone through this never had his story told from his point of view, and I just thought it was a missed opportunity.

But the biggest annoyance in this book was the dialog. The conversation in this book made sure they hit some of the bigger issues and concerns but it just seemed so unnatural and too guided by the author.

But in the end, it did make me wish for more and gave me a desire to pick up the second book to find out further what will happen. And any book that makes you want to do that is a good book.

The best scene in this book was the opening scene. Oddly enough, it was the only scene that takes place on this earth. It starts with a military funeral and was the only part of the book that brought me close to tears.

So, if you are looking for doctrine then I'd not suggest this book. This is complete fiction. However, if you are looking for some entertainment and something to make you ponder what you might have gone through before coming here, then pick up this book.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Brothers March 31 2005
By Arch Angel - Published on
Volume #1 The Brothers is a very interesting book! Chris Stewart does a great job of creating a pre-mortal world and a pre-mortal society. The book covers the time during the war in heaven between Satan and God the Father and Jesus Christ. The book follows a family unit of 3 brothers and one sister as they hear the 2 plans of salvation and struggle with Satan and his followers. Its a great read for those who are interested in Bible prophecies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Pre-Existence Thriller!!!! Jan. 5 2009
By Teri Rodeman - Published on
Prologue: The Brothers Vol. I The Great and Terrible: by Chris Stewart

I had heard of this book when it first came out, but it wasn't until the last one came out that I needed to see what all the excitement was. This first in a series is totally amazing, and Chris is a master story teller in weaving the story of the war in heaven. This novel simply tells the story of Ammon, Luke, Sam and their younger sister Elizabeth and their fighting to save their brothers, who are undecided on the choices they make, as their choices will set their destiny. I was amazed at how spiritual this story was and Chris makes you really think about our pre-mortal days and how it can impact our mortal lives. Even though this is a quick read, the eternal perspectives are mind-boggling!!!! If you haven't read this nail-biter (I don't bite them anymore) do read it.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great March 24 2006
By smalltown juggalo - Published on
Once I started reading this I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed it and I thought that it had a good overally message. There are moment in this book where there are things that are said that I feel are really important. I am not going to write down what they are because I don't want to spoil it. I just want to say that in the end this book made me want to try harder to lead a better life. I know that I can but sometime the temptations that Satan offers seem so much more inviting. The author of this novel is LDS but this novel isn't just for LDS people, it is for everyone and that is exactly who I recommend it to. I have already ordered the next two books and am very excited about them.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking Jan. 28 2011
By Lori - Published on
This is an interesting look at life in the preexistence. I found myself thinking about things that hadn't occurred to me, and I enjoy books that get me thinking.

Although nonLDS readers may be confused about the premise, it has it's merit. Latter-day Saints (Mormons) believe that we are children of God, and that as such, we existed with Him before this world began. In order for this life to be a true test, we do not remember our previous existence, and we must walk by faith here in this world. That's about as much "Mormon" doctrine contained in this book. It certainly is "Christian" since the main point of this book as well as Mormonism is that only by following Jesus Christ will we be saved.

Certainly well worth the read, and certainly fiction, but thought provoking for those of us who wonder what life was really like before we came to earth.
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