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Dear and Glorious Physician

A Novel About Saint Luke
Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
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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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Somewhat disappointing

I had read this book before and loved it. I suspect now that it was a condensed book I read previously. This one could do with a lot of condensing and removing unnecessary and exaggerated descriptions. The women are all exceptionally beautiful, even as they age, and Lucanus is ‘perfect’ in every way... blonde, brainy, blue eyed, tall, strong, chiseled, athletic, excelling in martial arts to a point where his movements are faster than the speed of eyes. These aspects stop the book being classic and outstanding, in my view. There are interesting parts which align with Scriptural and historical description, and also mystical, fictional ‘extra Biblical’ events which take away from the story in my opinion. These include miracles like the healing of Ramus’ eyes and the waking of the dead child. I enjoyed the detailed information about the Roman empire and it’s influence on the world at that time. I enjoyed the characters of Diodorus, Keptah, Rubria, Aurelia and Cusa, his dear teacher. The medical terms are interesting but I’m not sure Ms Caldwell wasn’t using 20th century descriptions and names for ancient illnesses. All round I much prefer the book on Paul of Tarsus ‘The Great Lion of God’ to this one. This narration was very good nevertheless, and I would have wished a classier book on Paul Boehmer.

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  • Mary
  • 08-08-2018

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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  • susan
  • 06-04-2019

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.

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  • jeff
  • 24-03-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-2020

Beautiful

I cannot find enough words to describe this novel. It is as if I walked with Luke each step as his life was revealed to him. It was fully heartwarming and heart wrenching and I thank God for inspiring both Luke and Taylor Caldwell.

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  • Texas Ranger
  • 25-09-2018

Texas Ranger

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

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  • Family
  • 28-08-2018

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
  • 07-08-2018

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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  • happy knitter
  • 31-08-2020

Very good book!

Excellent audiobook! I see Luke in a very different light and plan to read Luke and ch. 1 and 2 of Acts in the Bible. I also plan to check out other writings. Narrator was great in this book! Thanks !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-2020

Excellent fiction

I read this book many years ago and was thrilled to read it again. It is a fictional accounting of the physician, Luke, from the bible. It is VERY loosely based on the bible and the author has a wonderful imagination of how she pictures his story, but regardless of the biblical inaccuracies and bold fiction, it is historically a very interesting tale and held me captive for most of it. There are a few flowery parts where I did not focus, but it captured me almost immediately when they were over. I recommend it to anyone looking for an excellent read!

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  • Linda J. Swenson
  • 08-12-2019

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.