After a year of sending out queries to different publishers, “Faces of Freedom, Lives of Courage” was finally printed by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, which describes itself as a Christian-based organization in Mustang, Okla.
Sears said that he truly fell in love with the Romanian people and still gets emotional when telling their stories. Although the expenses of travel will never be returned to them, he said, the pair truly believes that it has been worth the cost because, they say, many people do not realize how precious their freedom is, and that it should not be taken for granted.
Sears and Cristea frequently give presentations to local high schools and Rotary programs. Sears said he hopes to bring a group of students to Romania in January 2015, and the two men are considering writing a second book.
“We’re not finished, yet,” said Sears. “There are still more stories to tell.”
Released last month, “Faces of Freedom, Lives of Courage” is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.