The One Gift

The One Gift by Gary YoungI am so pleased at how well my book, The One Gift, was received. I never dreamed we’d be headed to a second printing so quickly!

Writing historical fiction can be difficult, but it seems that the story I wrote has kept a few of you reading until the wee hours of the morning—even though I wove factual history into the storyline.

On one of my trips to Oman in 2009, I interviewed the world-renowned archaeologist Yuri Zarins. I asked him about the ancient canal that linked the River Nile in Egypt with the Red Sea. He seemed surprised that I knew about this canal. There’s not much about the frankincense region that I haven’t studied.

There is a kidnapping in my book and the lead character, Shutran, thinks fast about why the people were kidnapped and where to ambush them. “These pirates are after slaves to sell to the Pharaoh in Egypt . . . the pirates will take the slaves and a few horses and head to Aila to put them on a boat to go up the Red Sea, taking the canal over to the Nile, and sailing up to Luxor.”

I was able to document that waterway existed anciently. A study by Carol A. Redmount, The Wadi Tumilat and the “Canal of the Pharaohs,” was published in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, and Alan B. Lloyd’s “Necho and the Red Sea: Some Considerations” was published in the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. The One Gift is a fictional tale of caravans but because it’s based on historical fact, reading it will be like traveling back in time!

6 thoughts on “The One Gift

  1. Hi Gary, thank yo so much for all you do! I want to ask you if you have ever studied or distilled copal from Mexico, it is a beautiful smelling copal that we use a lot at home and in our ceremonies, and also to heal. One example of how it is used by traditional pre-columbian dancers is that we melt it and pour it into open wounds or cracks on our feet to seal, protect and heal them. I am wondering how it compares to the feriana, carteri, and sacra frankincense. Blessings!!

  2. You go Baby!!

    I adored the book, so did sis. We have loaned out one copy to a neighbor to read. I am going like a house on fire! Lost 25 lbs already. Will eamil you personally.

    Off to Egypt in November, Inshallah.

  3. Dear Gary,
    You have never ceased to amaze me! I love this book so much, though I want to read it again, I want my dearest and closest friends to also read it. Looks like I will need to purchase more copies.
    Thank you for your passion, dedication and inspiration.
    Tracy Griffiths

  4. Gary and Mary, Thank you so much for this wonderful book. It makes my journey growing my Young Living Bus. seem so easy compared to how it used to be done. I esp. love your little lessons they are all learning along their way as it also helps me in my daily sharing. I can relate a little though as my husband and I traveled from Fl to Vt. to grow our YL bus.. Only difference instead of camels we chose an R.V. Grateful for all you have given us.

  5. You can purchase your very own copy of Gary Young’s “The One Gift” directly from us, the publisher. You can call us [1.800.336.6308] or visit our website [] to order your copy.

    Thank you,

    Arturo D. Soza
    LSP – President

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