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Of Stillness and Storm, by Michele Phoenix
It was supposed to be an exhilarating life---reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But after two years in Kathmandu, Lauren feels torn between her husband's calling and the well-being of their 13-year-old son, Ryan. While her husband hikes the Himalayas, Lauren and Ryan struggle alone. When an old flame resurfaces, will the family crumble?
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
"I felt torn between two worlds. Each with its own mystery. One more captivating than the other, but the other more real and breathing."
It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dreamreaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. But while Sam treks into the Himalayas for weeks at a time, finding passion and purpose in his work among the needy, Lauren and Ryan stay behind, their daily reality more taxing than inspiring. For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like the familys undoing.
At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Laurens past enters her life again. But as her communication with Aidan intensifies, so does the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past. Its thirteen-year-old Ryan who most keenly bears the brunt of her distraction.
Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.
Born in France to a Canadian father and an American mother, Michèle Phoenix is a consultant, writer and speaker with a heart for Third Culture Kids. She taught for 20 years at Black Forest Academy (Germany) before launching her own advocacy venture under Global Outreach Mission. Michèle travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to this unique people group. She loves good conversations, mischievous students, Marvel movies and paths to healing. Learn more at michelephoenix.com Twitter: @frenchphoenix
'In this fine novel, Phoenix realistically captures the deep struggles enveloping a missionary family. '
'This book should be required reading for every wife and husband in the mission field . . . Readers will run through a gamut of emotions . . . This is a book that will take a reader out of their comfort zone but will also leave readers with thought-provoking questions long after reading. Well done!'
'Phoenixs gutsy novel brings attention to the plight of missionaries kids broken by the sacrifices their families make to answer the call.'
Musicgirl663 Stars Out Of 5OK bookFebruary 9, 2017Musicgirl66Quality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3First, this book reads like a biography of one missionary family's mission in a foreign country. It was fairly interesting but I kept comparing having to work to get support to go on mission with the Southern Baptist method of fully funding their missionaries. I also don't care much for books with family discord where one parent doesn't consider what's truly best for all. I received a free copy of this book.
Just Commonly3 Stars Out Of 5Torn is right!February 1, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Of Stillness and Storm by Michle Phoenix' synopsis starts off with "I felt torn..." Yes, that really is the gist of the emotional struggle our main character Lauren felt throughout, and frankly me too. It's a powerful story. It delves into the emotional world of a missionary family from hopes and dreams of the beginning to times of despair, frustration, and loneliness. It felt so real and constant, yet I know it's truly possible. When the soul is weak and battered by the internal storm, it's the stillness of within that finds a way to deal. It's hard. The story is hard, the struggles are hard, the marriage is hard and in all, it's hard to say I love this story, because I don't and I can't. It's one of those that takes so much out of you to read it, because after reading it, you let it linger for some time. It's brilliantly written, beautifully envisioned, and poignantly envelopes a reader's mind. I am torn as well. I can probably point out every little thing or character, but then, that's exactly why I can't let it linger more. It's complicated.
Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Yvette K.5 Stars Out Of 5A Powerful Work of FictionJanuary 30, 2017Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5From the haunting and poetic prologue, to the gorgeous language and melancholy mood of the epilogue, Of Stillness and Storm held me in its grip. Written in first person, this is an immersive and thought-provoking story of a missionary family in Nepal.
The language and voice kept me enthralled while devastating me with events as they unfolded. It lends itself to questions of where devotion ends and zealotry begins, where is the line between worship and idolatry, and what are the consequences of visiting the latter of either on children.
Quite likely to be one of the most powerful works of fiction I read this year, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
This review refers to a copy received from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild. No compensation was received and a positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are my own.
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Cautionary tale of the tension between faith and vocation.January 29, 2017Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Of Stillness and Storm takes an unflinching look at the reality of life for those and their families called to the mission field - especially when that calling isnt shared equally by the entire family.
Lauren and her husband Sam have been preparing to leave all they know in the USA and travel half a world away to serve remote villages in Nepal. Sam feels this is Gods call and while Lauren isnt completely convinced on her side - she feels it is her place to fall into line and support her husband. Their teenage son Ryan is even more uncomfortable and unhappy with their new living arrangements and grows ever more distant with his father as a result.
Lauren is faced with long periods of isolation as Sam treks deep into the Himalayan jungles - and then a man from her past makes unexpected contact via social media. What starts as a innocent reconnection with a past associate soon becomes deeper and more intimate and something she feels she must hide from Sam.
The story as a whole is a fascinating take on missionary life and the benefits and potential pitfalls that can be a result. I found the characterss engaging and interesting and the while part of me felt the ending was a left a little hanging up in the air - I can also appreciate how that may actually have been intentional to drive home the point that their are no fairy tale endings.
I can highly recommend Of Stillness and Storm as a thoughtful and engaging read.
Cynthia4 Stars Out Of 5ThoughtfulJanuary 25, 2017CynthiaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I received this book from the Fiction Guild for an honest review. I found this book to be very interesting story about how families deal with the lives as missionaries in different countries and the struggles that have to live with. People have been doing this hundreds of years and either the separation from their parents or the change for the families that often happen must put many stress on both marriages and families. The was a very informative and thought provoking book.
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