About Of Stillness and Storm:

Of Stillness and Storm (Thomas Nelson, December 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 dream—reaching 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 family’s undoing.

At the peak of her isolation and disillusion, a friend from Lauren’s 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. It’s 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.

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My Take:

Oooof. (Is that a word? I’m not sure. Spell-check tells me it’s not. But it certainly evokes a sound, does it not?)

Of Stillness and Storm was a hard read. Good – gripping, engaging, well-paced, thought-provoking – but hard. Written by a missionary about missionaries, my interest was naturally piqued; I also have several friends who are missionaries in Nepal, so I felt even closer to the story.

The story, circumstances presented, characters’ reactions – all were genuine, honest, raw. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to happen in the end, when all was said and done; my heart ached for each character and I kept wondering how much more could happen. “It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end… because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?” (Tolkien, The Two Towers – because, yes, I have to weave Tolkien into everything.)

The author’s own growing-up experiences as a missionary kid (MK) lend a credibility to Of Stillness and Storm that enhances its depth and takeaway value. Had Phoenix not lived and breathed missions work herself, I don’t think the book would have nearly the strength and powerful message that it does. Phoenix’s heart for MKs shines through, and the result is admirable. A worthy read; its message deserves to be shared, heard, and discussed globally.

Note: There is some language in the book, primarily expressed by a non-Christian character. Also one scene of sensuality that doesn’t go anywhere.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About Michèle Phoenix:

Michele Phoenix is the author of

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.

Of Stillness and Storm Giveaway

A tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry—don’t miss Michèle Phoenix’s new intimate and bold release, Of Stillness and Storm. It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream—reaching primitive tribes in remote regions of Nepal. When a friend from Lauren’s past enters her life again, the tension of coping with the present while reengaging with the past might be too much. Will it be the family’s undoing?

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