Letters in the Jade Dragon Box
by Gale Sears
Truth. In mainland China from 1949 to 1976, truth is all but eradicated, suppressed and supplanted by the iron will of Mao Tse-tung. Millions of people suffer untold anguish as their history, their culture, and their lives are brought under communist rule. Many flee to Taiwan and Hong Kong.
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.
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By Trudi, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I was caught up in the story from the first page.
It was so interesting to learn the history of China in this region of Guilin and how Chairman Mao took over this country with fear and chaos.
By Pamela, Submitted on 2015-02-25
You will cry. You will cry for China. You will cry for the people of China. You will cry for Chen Wen-Shan.
Chen Wan-Shan and her great-uncle are both haunted by past. She can't remember hers and he can't forget his. Healing comes as they read the letters, brought to them in the jade dragon box.
I love this beautifully written book. It is probably the best book I've read in a very long time. Important novels bring us information that we may not understand. That is what Uncle Tom's Cabin did. It brought the horrors of slavery into the hearts of the readers, which help fan the fires for freedom in the United States..
This is what 'Letters in the Jade Dragon Box' does, as we experience a small portion of the horrors inflicted on the Chinese people by an evil philosophy and an evil man. This is another book by Gale Sears the should be read by all, especially with today's political climate. ""Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana
By Amanda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Gale transported me into another time and place I'd never had much interest in Asian culture but loving Gale's work I plunged in and was pleasantly surprised. I loved the story! A must read!