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About Shirley S. Ricks

Shirley S. Ricks earned three degrees from Brigham Young University — her PhD was in family studies. She put that education to work in raising three daughters and three sons. She received on-the-job training at the BYU Press working as a proofreader during her undergraduate years. She has worked since 1988 as an editor at the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, the Neal A. Maxwell Institute, and now the Religious Studies Center and has helped produce many books and periodicals. She and her husband, Stephen D. Ricks, enjoy traveling and have attended all the temples in the United States and Canada.

Peace in the Holy Land

Abstract: Living in the Holy Land as a Palestinian Latter-day Saint has created unique challenges and perspective for Sahar Qumsiyeh. In order to attend church meetings in Jerusalem from her home near Bethlehem, Sahar was required to travel under unsafe and stressful circumstances for hours through military checkpoints to cover the few miles’ distance (as the crow flies). Sahar’s story, Peace for a Palestinian, varies dramatically from our own and reminds us that true discipleship requires sacrifice, which in turn brings blessings.

Personal response to Sahar Qumsiyeh, Peace for a Palestinian: One Woman’s Story of Faith amidst War in the Holy Land (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2018). 176 pp. $15.99.

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