The Silence of God
by Gale Sears
“A fascinating story. . . but readers beware: once begun, you won't be able to put this book down.” — Holly Newton, Meridian Magazine
“Historical fiction at its best. . . I give this book my highest recommendation...” — Jennie Hansen, Meridian Magazine
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.
By Mary, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book should be required reading for everyone. If you are not concerned about what our leaders are doing to this country, this book demonstrates why everyone should be.
By Carol, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book was very well written. I think that the author could have woven a wonderful tale even if she had made the story more true to the actual facts.
By Courtney, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I recently was called to be Book Group Leader in my church. This is something I find myself being extremely excited about.
I decided that the first book we would read would be “The Silence of God” by Gale Sears. It is a historical fiction about the only Latter-Day Saint family during the Russian Revolution.
I was immediately sucked in. The author takes a quite a bit of literary license, but as the majority of the story line is about the next door neighbor, all is forgiven. She gives notes at the end of each chapter and sites any discrepancies and historical facts that were covered in the chapter. This book is more political than it is spiritual and is an interesting parallel to the times we currently find ourselves in...
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By Cherie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have been to Russia and it was great to read this book and recognize many of the landmarks mentioned. The story was gripping, entertaining, and enlightening. I would recommend it.
By Amanda, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Great book, definitely worth buying in hardback!
By Nola, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I give this book 5 stars. I enjoyed reading it and learning about Russian history. Also, it was a great book to listen to on the CDs. What a fabulous historical fiction!
By George, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is an incredible story of faith, friendship sacrifice, and endurance. Historical fiction provides a wonderful way to learn while being caught up in a story. I was truly touched by the time period in Russia, the Lindlof background in being the first LDS family there, and the struggles in both finding and having faith. I would highly recommend this book.
By Em, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have never wanted to see Russia, but now I hope to make the journey one day. Sometimes I forget that other countries are made up of people and that their governments can't ever truly represent the heart of the people. This story was beautifully told and puts you in the intended place and time so that the history comes to life. The author seeks to instill hope and faith in spite of the bleak outlook of the period. I'd have to say that she was successful for the most part, but it is still a bitter pill to swallow. If you have ever wanted to understand and connect with Russian history then you've come to the right place.
By Teresa & Les , Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really enjoyed the book. It was well written and very informative. I enjoyed the story and the way the motivational info blended into the storyline was very good. I hoped that the ending would have been a bit different; however, it showed how things don't always turn out the way we wished they would...sometimes, bridges are burned and can't be re-built.
I plan to go back and read through some of the advice that the book gives.
I would recommend this book to others.
By Carol, Submitted on 2015-02-25
While I feel Gale could have written the story just as well if she had kept more closely to the facts, I feel she did a great job of weaving a tale. Big PLUS that she put notes at the end of each chapter. I was surprised to read that the communist leaders used the same rhetoric that we hear from many of our own government officials today. I believe this book is worth recommending.