Wednesday, December 21, 2016

of stillness and storm by Michele Phoenix - REVIEWED

About the Book:
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.
My Thoughts:
Reminders that I wasn’t dead from a man who would be soon.”  (p. 242)

This was a difficult read for me.  An all-to-familiar battleground for me.  Although I could tell from the back cover that this was a book dealing with familial issues, I never imagined it would feel like someone had stepped into my life and written about it.  The context for this story is different from my own, but the author boldly addresses issues many families battle today – the introduction of relationships within the context of social media – and how quickly things can go sideways. 

The author deals specifically with this issue within the context of a missionary family, but this is an issue that families face in all walks of life! It is a matter of putting relationships in a healthy and right order in our lives, and when we allow any type of work interfere with the family God has blessed us with and begin to substitute that with other things (people or work), well, this story gives us a plausible scenario of consequences.
This is a vividly told, well-developed story line!  The story itself, well, it’s painfully familiar to me personally, and I can vouch for its reality and plausibility.  This is a much needed reminder of God’s place in our lives and in the lives of our families.  Choices always have consequences.  Bravo!  I highly recommend this book!

About the Author:
Michele Phoenix
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 Twitter: @frenchphoenix

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