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About Gale Sears
I grew up in the wonder and magic of Lake Tahoe, California. My imagination was nurtured as I tromped around among the pine trees, swam in the icy waters of the lake, and rode my bike on dirt roads.
During my high school years, my mom and I spent time living in Honolulu, Hawaii, where I tromped around among the palm trees, swam in warm ocean water, and rode the bus down busy city streets.
After my graduation from McKinley High School, I went on to secure a bachelor's degree in playwriting from Brigham Young University, and a master's degree in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota.
I came to writing novels later in my life, and the experience has been interesting and joyful.
I am married to George and we have two grown children.
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The year is 1898, and Jennie Brimhall and Inez Knight have been called to be the first single female missionaries in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in England. From their first steps on English soil, Sisters Knight and Brimhall feel like fish in a fishbowl. The notion of “lady preachers” is foreign to many elders serving with them, as well as to the English people they serve.
As the sisters work to combat others’ doubts of their knowledge and abilities, they draw on the strength of womanhood and their own testimonies to build their confidence and forge a new path in missionary service. In addition to facing their own internal struggles, they are also confronted by angry, misinformed hecklers and dangerous, violent persecutors. Fighting the temptation to give up and return to the safety of home, the women dig deep, draw on their faith, and find inspiration in the small miracles around them.
From acclaimed author Gale Sears, The Sister Preachers is based on the real lives of Lucy Jane (Jennie) Brimhall, Amanda Inez Knight, and other early sister missionaries. This story offers a glimpse into the Church's early missionary work and into the faith and fortitude that have come to characterize the tens of thousands of sister missionaries who have followed in the footsteps of these pioneering women.
As a child, Chen Wen-shan was taken from her family home in mainland China and sent to live with her great-uncle—a former general in the Nationalist Chinese army who had become one of the first converts to the LDS Church in Hong Kong. For ten years, Wen-shan has carried the sorrow of abandonment in her heart, with few memories of her life before. But at the death of Chairman Mao, fifteen-year-old Wen-shan receives a mysterious wooden box that holds a series of beautiful paintings and secret letters that reveal the fate of the family she has not heard from in more than a decade.
As Wen-shan and her great-uncle read the letters in the jade dragon box, they discover an unbreakable bond between each other, their family—both past and present—and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Letters in the Jade Dragon Box is a beautifully written LDS historical novel inspired by the real-life experiences of one man who was offered truth that would heal his heart, his spirit, and his family. His story helps shed light on a time and a place where, despite all odds, truth refused to be broken.
At the turn of the twentieth century, St. Petersburg offers the best of Imperial Russia. The vast country is filled with grand cathedrals, a faithful populace, and many people who love and revere Tsar Nicholas II and the Romanov family. But as Russia becomes further entrenched in the Great War, a revolution begins brewing within her own borders.
For the wealthy Lindlof family, the only Latter-day Saints living in St. Petersburg at the time, the glitz and glamour of the Silver Age soon dissolves into mass rebellion, dividing their family and testing their faith. Life for Agnes Lindlof will never be the same—changed forever by an ideology that forces equality and demands the silence of God.
Agnes’s lifelong friend, Natasha Ivanovna Gavrilova, is the daughter of a professor and a firm supporter of Bolshevik ideals; she doesn’t believe in God at all. Yet, when the waves of the revolution wash over her family and her friends, Natasha must examine her own heart and decide for herself what to believe and what voice to listen to.
Based on an amazing true story of the only Latter-day Saint family living in St. Petersburg during the Bolshevik Revolution, The Silence of God is a rare glimpse into a fascinating period of history and a powerful, extraordinary novel of devotion and loyalty.
World War I is raging in Europe. As America is drawn into the bitter conflict, Nephi Erickson comes to believe enlisting with the Marines is not only his duty, but also his best chance at making some much-needed money. He feels he has failed in his promise to care for his wife, Alaina, and their small daughter, Katie. As he leaves their tranquil Salt Lake City hillside home for a barren battlefield where disease can be as deadly as the enemy, Nephi has no idea that Alaina is carrying their second child — a child he may never see.
With her husband half a world away, Alaina derives some solace from the fact that her younger sister, Eleanor, lives nearby. Nineteen-year-old Eleanor — the only woman studying medicine at the University of Utah — is soon immersed in researching treatments for the influenza pandemic ravaging the world, a scourge that will soon touch her life all too closely.
An unforgettable historical drama of innocence lost, of memorable
Alaina Lund is angry at the new hired man. Until now, she has been her father's right hand in the orchards, and she would be happy to spend forever in the trees with her adoring father. But now her emotionally distant mother says it's time for the eighteen-year-old to learn the duties and boundaries of a woman of the 1910's and Alaina's mother is forcing the issue with her husband.
Nephi Erickson is the quiet Mormon who has been hired to help Samuel Lund work his fruit farm in the California Sierras. But soon the beliefs of this unassuming outsider will begin to unravel the lives of the Lund family and Alaina must struggle against the duplicity of one she believes she can rely on. Perhaps Nephi can help her get what she so desperately needs.
Enjoy rich Christmas memories from Sarah M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Jerry Borrowman, Toni Sorenson, Traci Hunter Abramson, Gale Sears, Kathi Oram Peterson, Donald S. Smurthwaite, K.C. Grant; Guy M. Galli; Kate Palmer; Jennifer K. Clark; Reg Christensen; Krista Lynne Jensen.
Both laughter and tears will fill your soul with this heartwarming collection of true Christmas stories from favorite LDS authors, ordinary people whose lives have been touched in extraordinary ways. Discover lighthearted surprises, faith-affirming treasures, and thought-provoking insights about the greatest gift of all in this wonderful keepsake book. You’ll want to share these timeless holiday tales of peace, hope, and love year after year.
The year is 1914 and the world hovers on the edge of a great war. Life in America is far from peaceful for members of the Lund family. As Alaina deals with the painful loss of her home and her father, she makes a desperate choice and finds herself in a strange city among people of a strange faith. Her husband is a good man — but a man she has never loved. As she copes with the emptiness she feels, something in her heart begins to change . . .
Meanwhile her sister Eleanor finds the lifestyle in San Francisco suffocating and without purpose. As she defies high-society rules and secretly attempts to stop the unnecessary suffering of children, she comes to find a passion in medicine. But when her actions are discovered, what will happen? Join gifted author Gale Sears in an eloquent and moving story of love, family, and forgiveness.