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.
Unabridged Audiobook Run time aprx. 12 hours
By Liane, Submitted on 2016-09-28
If this book were strictly touted as fiction, I would have no real problem with it. Although I am not an expert on the history in Russia at this time, and so cannot judge how accurately it is depicted, what is written seems plausible. What is troublesome from a historical perspective is that a writer would insert fiction into REAL people's lives.
When you write historical fiction, it is permissible, even logical to include real people in interactions with fictional characters in ways that are in keeping with what we know they actually did in their life. What is totally off-base is to create from scratch your own version of what someone REAL felt, chose and did during their life-without any effort to stick to the facts!
This is NOT historical fiction. It is fiction that destroys history because the author not only did not bother to incorporate all the facts. She chose to ignore them!
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.
By Gregg, Submitted on 2015-02-25
While this novel is not classically "historical fiction" it is still a very enjoyable read. Much like novels set in Book of Mormon times, Sears places a family in a historical setting and uses snippets of political history and LDS history to weave a very heartfelt tale. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
By Roxann, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this book from beginning to end. The intense research was evident and the heart wrenching story of this actual LDS family living in Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution was absolutely compelling and inspiring. Very talented writer!
By Liz, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book was an easy read and very interesting depiction of the Russian revolution. While the events of this family were true, the story didn't follow exactly what happened. Some of the story was made up, which was disappointing. I would have rather have the story follow the exact true to life facts.
By Wayne, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this book. I have always enjoyed reading historical fiction, and about the Russian Revolution, but you never know how good (or bad) something really is until you read it.
Gale Sears, really knows how to keep your attention, I found myself not wanting to put the book down, and instead of doing other things, I found myself with my nose in the book, and on the streets of Petrograd, and in the work camp in Siberia. Truly a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to everybody. But, especially to those to want a glimpse of life during the Russian Revolution and how that changed people.
By LaDeana, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Gale Sears captured my interest from the beginning. She did an excellent job weaving fictional characters into true historical events in Russia. I learned so much from what it must of have been like to be LDS in the early 20th Century Russia. This is a book I will read more than once.
By Brent, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This is a powerful, well-written book. The story of the Lindlof family is extraordinary. Based on the historical account of the only Latter-day Saint family living in Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution, the author creates a vivid picture of a society's collapse into socialism and atheism. Set against the backdrop of this tumultuous period in history, the author weaves a compelling human drama that serves as a strong reminder of the blessings of faith and freedom we enjoy.
By James, Submitted on 2015-02-25
this book is Amazing, it really pulls you in and you feel for the family and everyone else involved.
this is a must read, it will make you cry, laugh and want to dance.
I have a hard time putting it down I need to know what is going to happen next.
By Connie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
When I saw the Deseret Book flier and read the names Johan and Alma Lindlof, I remembered the Ensign articles I read, and that I have saved, about them. My great, great grandfather, John Bloom(Johannes Blom) was born in Sweden, but moved his family to Finland to preach the gospel and work as a gardner. He baptized Johan Lindlof's mother. My g.g. grandfather was arrested for this and fined 595 marks and 20 pfennigs. He was the center of attention when he delivered a discourse on the gospel in court, but was still sentenced to 28 days in the state prison at Helsingfors. His story is a great one too! Though I'm not related to Johan and Alma, I feel a great connection and have always wondered what their life was like in Russia(after reading the Ensign article about them)! I bought the book and am reading it. So far, it has been great. I have loved Gale Sears' books in the past!-Connie Bennett Lindsey-Mesa, AZ.
By Emily, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love this book! I loved reading about the faith of the Lindlof family! I would like to find out more about them and find out the real story behind the book. I also enjoyed reading the history of Russia. I will never look at Russia the same.