Standing in Holy Places 2: The Celestial City
STANDING IN HOLY PLACES, Book Two: The Celestial City.
Author: Chad Daybell
Publication Date: Jun 2008
Format: 6" x 9", 200 pages
�And it shall be called the New Jerusalem, a land of peace, a city of refuge, a place of safety for the saints of the Most High God.� (D&C 45:66)
Six months have passed since the LDS prophet�s memorable visit to Manti, and the United States has suffered though a harsh winter. Meanwhile, the Coalition forces have methodically taken control of the nation�except for the Rocky Mountains, where the ice and snow have kept the Saints hidden away from the world.
But spring has arrived, and the Coalition soldiers are on the move again. In response, the Elders of Israel have been called forth from the mountain camps to defend their liberty. Under the direction of the prophet, these faithful servants prepare for a showdown that will determine the course of history.
Within these events, members of the North, Dalton, and Brown families each make vital decisions as they prepare to help build a holy city that will stand forever�New Jerusalem.
The Celestial City, the second novel in the Standing in Holy Places series, paints a vivid picture of exciting prophesied events that still must occur before the Second Coming. If you have an interest in what awaits the members of the LDS Church, this series should definitely be on your reading list!.
I thought I’d let you know a bit about me and the experiences that have shaped my books. I was born in Provo, Utah to Jack and Sheila Chesnut Daybell. My father was serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and we lived in San Diego for nearly two years. Since then I’ve always felt a bond to San Diego, including cheering for the San Diego Padres, despite their annual mediocrity.
I am the oldest of five children, and Paul, Matt, Brad and Becky have been wonderful siblings. Our Springville neighborhood had many vacant fields, and we had a great time exploring them as we grew up. We also had plenty of friends around if we wanted to play baseball, basketball or football.
I had aspirations to be a professional athlete, but my youthful growth spurts seemed humorously timed. I’m now 6’3", but I didn’t really grow at all during seventh or eighth grades and soon found myself as one of the shortest kids in school. Then the following summer I sprouted six inches, which left me rather uncoordinated. l played on Springville High's junior varsity baseball team, but I certainly didn't dazzle anyone.When it comes to my books, I guess I identify more with the clumsy teenage Emma, rather than with the athletic Doug. My younger brothers all excelled in sports, so there is some real-life basis for An Errand for Emma.
However, my mission to New Jersey is the foundation for Doug’s experiences in Doug's Dilemma. Every missionary event in that novel is based on an actual occurrence. It was a crazy two years, but extremely fulfilling. The Spanish-speaking people are fun-loving and upbeat, no matter what obstacles they face. I made many dear friends there that I’m still close to and admire. I returned home as a more compassionate person after my experiences there.
My post-mission plans included staying single for a long time so I could get through school. So naturally, within two weeks of arriving home I attended a singles ward volleyball game and met my future wife, Tammy Douglas, who is the daughter of Ron and Phyllis Douglas. Tammy and I were married seven months later.
I attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Journalism. As I entered my senior year, I accepted the position of Assistant City Editor for BYU’s newspaper, The Daily Universe. The following semester I served as City Editor, and then graduated in April 1992.
Following graduation I took a job as a copy editor and headline writer with The Standard-Examiner in Ogden, Utah. We lived in the Ogden suburb of Washington Terrace. We made some good friends, and I grew close to some of the best and brightest co-workers I'd ever had. But Tammy and I both felt a yearning to have our children grow up near their grandparents and felt a change was coming in our lives.
One night my brothers told me that Springville’s cemetery sexton was going to retire. I had worked for Springville City as a teenager, and it felt like the timing was right to make a move. I applied for the position and was hired. So I went from writing headlines to digging graves. It was a strange transition, but it paid better and allowed us to move back to Springville.
In late 1997, two years after I became the sexton, I was shoveling snow at the cemetery when I felt the prompting, "It’s time to write your books." This came as a complete surprise to me. I’d written some family histories, but I’d never been able to come up with a plot for a book. But almost immediately after receiving the prompting, the entire plot of An Errand for Emma came to me. I wrote the book within a few months, and it was published about a year after that initial prompting.
When it came time to write another book, I was undecided about the topic, but my prayers were answered one day as the plot to Doug’s Dilemma filled my head, as well as the plot for Escape to Zion. I’m very grateful for the hand of the Lord in that project, and I hope I’ve done an adequate job with the material I was given.
In April of 2000 I took a managerial position with Access Computer Products. It was a great experience, and I learned a lot about the business world. But I soon felt a prompting to return to a writing-based profession, and I returned to the publishing industry as the managing editor for Cedar Fort, Inc., the company that published my first 12 books.
In 2002, Tammy and I began a new series called Tiny Talks. These books contain short messages for children that can be given during Primary or Family Home Evening. The first three volumes focus on temples, the Savior, and the Church of Jesus Christ. In October 2003 we released Tiny Talks 4: The Family which corresponds to the 2004 Primary theme. My other recent book releases are a LDS novel entitled Chasing Paradise, a non-fiction book called The Aaronic Priesthood, and a board book titled Book of Mormon Numbers.
My books are all LDS-related except One Foot in the Grave. It is a collection of my actual experiences while working in the cemetery. It isn't meant to be taken too seriously. I just had several "strange but true" incidents occur to me at the cemetery over the years, and I kept track of them in a notebook. Once I stopped working at the cemetery, I chose the best stories that would entertain readers while showing what can really happen in a graveyard. It has been well-received and is still a top seller on Amazon.com.
In early 2004, Tammy and I felt prompted that the time had come to start our own publishing company. We had made this a matter of prayer, and soon arrived at our decision. We established Spring Creek Book Company, which is now the publisher of my books. We also publish books by a variety of talented LDS writers. Feel free to visit the company's website at www.springcreekbooks.com.
Tammy and I now have five children -- Garth, Emma, Seth, Leah and Mark. We still live in Springville, with our company offices in Provo. Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy your journey here!
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