Of Stillness and Storm

Of Stillness and Storm I felt torn between two worlds Each with its own mystery One captivating than the other but the other real and breathing It took Lauren and her husband ten years to achieve their dream reaching primi
  • Title: Of Stillness and Storm
  • Author: Michèle Phoenix
  • ISBN: 9780718086428
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • Of Stillness and Storm
    I felt torn between two worlds Each with its own mystery One captivating than the other, but the other 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, La I felt torn between two worlds Each with its own mystery One captivating than the other, but the other 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 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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  • Michèle Phoenix

    Raised in France by a Canadian father and an American mother, Mich le is a mentor, author and speaker with international sensitivities She taught for twenty years at Black Forest Academy Germany before launching her own work as an advocate for Third Culture Kids She now travels globally to consult and teach on topics related to this unique people group She loves good conversations, mischievous students and Marvel movies Visit michelephoenix for information.

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  • Did I miss the memo The one where it became ok to curse and use blasphemy in a Christian book Well, it seems I did But this author apparently did not You know, I m astonished that Thomas Nelson printed this book I m disappointed, too Because this disregards the basic, so very basic, principal of what Christian books are set to do I have never strayed from my original viewpoint If a book is marked as Christian it should have one goal, above everything to inspire you to be like Christ Far too rar [...]


  • Back in our lives Back in my bed I tried to muster up the swells of anticipation that had preceded his returns in the early stages of our life in Nepal But I couldn t manufacture the longings, not any Lauren and Sam find themselves in Nepal with son Ryan, in support of Sam s Christian trailblazing among the poverty stricken tribes Ideally, it seemed like the right path to take despite the sacrifices Sure, there are power outages and frugal living things as simple as showering are a production in [...]


  • This book was just oddI almost didn t finish due to the language itself YES, warning on swear words One of my soap boxes, I hear trashy language enough without the words in a Christian book It s one of the reasons I read this genre The ending was completely flat I know many MK s and I am a PK Both can be difficult At times it s hard to understand why your family is different, but my daddy made us part of his ministry It s not just one person s the family.I m sure there are families like this one [...]


  • Of Stillness and Storm is the story of Lauren and Sam and their dream to achieve something of purpose Sam s dream has always been to be a missionary He was waiting for a sense of calling to know his purpose Finally he finds this in Nepal Together, Lauren, Sam and their teenage son Ryan go to Nepal to fulfill the dream However, what looks like purpose for Sam is nothing but being stranded in nowhere for Lauren and Ryan Sam enjoys every agony of his mission, while Lauren and Ryan suffer the inadeq [...]


  • The heroine of this story is Lauren, who unwillingly lives a spartan lifestyle in Kathmandu, Nepal, teaching English as a second language Her 13 year old son Ryan also hates the lifestyle to the point of sinking into such deep depression she can t reach him They are there because of Sam, their husband and dad, whose missionary zeal is the driving force.It s all about warning us to take care before getting attached to zealots whose passion far exceeds our own Sam is like a modern St John Rivers f [...]


  • Reviewed at The Power of Words bit 2hDj0EzIf I had a complaint, it would be that the time span between one Mich le Phoenix story and the next is too long by far But I guess that s really a compliment, in a roundabout way Mich le s previous novel, In Broken Places, is one of my all time favorites.Of Stillness and Storm is a story that continues to linger in my mind It s about relationships, physical and spiritual It is beautifully crafted in a style that skillfully blends exquisite narrative, lit [...]


  • This is a very well written book though a hard on the heart story to delve into.The author takes us through the courtship and into the throes of a marriage giving the reader word pictures of the manipulation of the husband over the wife in things secular and spiritual The husband feels and intensely believes he is called of God to serve in some vastly important way and a perchance meeting with a business acquaintance leads his heart to Nepal.He begins to maneuver his life and that of his wife an [...]


  • I didn t particularly like this book It was kind of depressing and I spent most of the book being frustrated with the characters Their choices made me frustrated and angry and wondering how they could be so dense I know the main point of the book was to show how parents choices in ministry can affect their children negatively, but it left me with a bad taste in my mouth because I felt like nothing really was resolved by the end.


  • I think I should preface this review I am not a Christian of any denomination and I can t understand the mindset of feeling it necessary to offset much needed humanitarian efforts with religious conversion That being said, I really enjoyed this book.I enjoyed the glimpse into this type of mindset, even if it wasn t the healthiest example I have to admit I wanted to throttle Sam most of the book, well actually I wanted to throttle both him and Lauren To me, it highlighted the dangers of blind fai [...]


  • And while I tried to school my features into a thoughtful expression, my mind reeled with the emotions I d been battling since he d dropped that sheaf of pamphlets on the dining room table months ago, fissuring the foundation of our lives I thought about the financial hurdles, the administrative nightmare, the relational upheaval and logistical insanity of pioneering a ministry, securing our finances, leaving our home, and setting up life in a Third World country we only knew from books and docu [...]


  • Why I Choose this Book It s a contemporary about missionaries specifically struggling missionaries It sounded intriguing.What I Thought about this Book WARNING This review contains spoilers I literally had no clue what I was getting into Of Stillness and Storms was gloriously beautiful Heartbreakingly honest Terrifyingly real Horrible, amazing, gripping, totally wrong, and completely spot on all at once Each page was one waving red flag, screaming about the train wreck that was taking place, sl [...]


  • Of Stillness and Storm is one of those books that embeds itself deep in your soul, the kind of story that rolls around in your heart long after you ve finished reading it It s sobering and raw and heartbreaking, yet even in the despair there is hope and goodness.Mich le Phoenix has created characters and settings and situations so vivid that you feel as though you are there in Kathmandu with them You experience Lauren s anger, Aiden s desperation, and Ryan s angry desperation You also want to st [...]


  • 2 5 starsSo I just finished this book, and I m sitting here with my mind whirling, trying to decide how to describe it I m torn between knowing what the author s aim was and thinking she accomplished her goal really well, and also thinking that I am not completely thrilled with the final tone of this book.I was going to try to keep this spoiler free, but then I realized that if it were me reading this review, I would want enough spoilers to decide if it was going to be a book that was worth read [...]


  • When Lauren s husband becomes convinced that God is calling them to minister to remote tribes in Nepal, Lauren finds it difficult to argue against both God s will and her marriage vows But two years in, Lauren is feeling trapped and their thirteen year old son Ryan has yet to adjust Getting back in touch with a childhood friend awakens her desire to fight for her son and for the woman and writer she used to be This is a raw, intimate look at the toll the missionary life can take on a family It b [...]


  • 4 1 2 stars This novel, although published by a Christian publisher, reads like mainstream women s fiction, which I really enjoyed which means there is some language, not a tidy Happy Ever After, etc But this is an important story, because it charges into a realm generally left untouched in Christian literature the lives of missionary kids and families and the unique stresses they face It also delves into the calling of God and a couple as they struggle to determine what that is for them and th [...]


  • Of Stillness and Storm is the story of a man and woman who meet, fall in love, marry, and go into the mission field At first, I thought that it was the story of their relationship but by the end of the book, I saw that it really was the story of a family The story is told from Lauren s point of view It starts in present time with Lauren in Nepal while her husband Sam is away in the remotest areas witnessing to the people For three weeks a month she is a single mother to the13 year old son Ryan T [...]


  • This book wasn t anything like I thought it would be I was expecting a story about a woman struggling with infidelity, but instead it was about the unraveling of a missionary family I felt a lot of sympathy for the main character, Lauren She really wanted her marriage to work The struggles she was having broke my heart There were so many red flags she chose to ignore about the man she was married to I also felt badly for her son who never really wanted to go to the mission field in the first pla [...]


  • Of 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 isn t 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 God s call and while Lauren isn t completely convinced on her side she feels it is her place to fall into line and support her husband The [...]


  • From 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 visi [...]


  • Do you know any missionaries Christians who have left their home countries to go to another country to bring the Word of God What do you think about them Are they human beings like you and me Or does one need to be of a special breed to be a missionary I was a MK Missionary Kid and a missionary myself for 20 years and I read this book with delight Yes, it s a novel and fiction but it reflects the struggles and true emotions of real missionaries Michele Phoenix knows what it s like to be a missio [...]


  • 4.5 stars.Of Stillness and Storm by Mich le Phoenix is a poignant, heartrending exploration of the devastating effect missionary work can sometimes have on families.Living in the midst of poverty stricken Nepal, Lauren Coventry and her thirteen year old son, Ryan, are struggling to cope with the difficulties of day to day life Lauren is trying to be supportive of her husband Sam, who is off for weeks at a time fulfilling his dream and self proclaimed calling to spread the word of God while tryin [...]


  • Author Michele Phoenix In Broken Places, The Edge of Tidal Pools left me heartbroken, dismayed, and amazed as I came to the final page of her new release, Of Stillness and Storm Aptly titled, but in an unexpected way, this is not your typical missionary story The last time I was both moved and troubled in this way was after reading Barbara Kingsolver s The Poisonwood Bible Set in contemporary times, the characters take command of this story, although you would guess that the setting of Kathmandu [...]


  • A gripping, emotional tale of loss, love, and devastation.Lauren lives with her husband, Sam, and son, Ryan, in Kathmandu, Nepal She works as an English teacher at a local university so that Sam can do mission work in the remote villages in the mountain regions of Nepal Unfortunately, rather than finding adventure in her home country, Lauren is getting frustrated with living in Nepal, dealing with the unsanitary conditions, traffic, pollution, monsoons, and only seeing Sam for a third of the yea [...]


  • About the Book I felt torn between two worlds Each with its own mystery One captivating than the other, but the other 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 taxing than inspiring For them, what started as a calling begins to feel like [...]


  • I have read many true life missionary tales, and though I have been amazed at their faith and tenacity in reaching third world peoples for the gospel, I have always felt a tinge of sorrow on the part of their families their immediate family, wife and children, at how much they had to sacrifice in order for the father to follow his calling Of Stillness and Storm, a cautionary tale as the author puts it, gives us a fictional yet hard hitting truth at what some missionary families, especially the k [...]


  • Of Stillness and Storm tells the story of Lauren, a missionary s wife in Nepal who struggles to hold her family together while her husband, Sam, fulfills his calling Even when her life and the life of her son are falling apart, how can she argue against God s call to save the lost I m not sure how I feel about this book The writing is beautiful, creative, literary in style The characters stand out and are unique I can visualize everything she describes Yet I am troubled It s a hard book to like [...]


  • This book was very disappointing to me I ve read two other books by Michele and loved them This oneo much language and even taking God s name in vain to really be considered a Christian book And the ending Life is rarely easy or even pretty, but there is always hope This book ends without any hope I ve been there dark tunnels without a light at the end but I didn t write a book about it in the middle of that season and leave it hanging there I get that Michele has probably seen her share of the [...]


  • When I ordered of stillness and storm, I waited impatiently for it s arrival When I finally received it, I couldn t wait to start reading I opened the package in the lobby of the apartment complex I reside in, acting like a child, ripping and shredding as though it was Christmas morning I immediately started reading only to stop long enough to push the correct button in the elevator, then once again to unlock my apartment door.Honestly I had a really hard time putting the book down It spoke volu [...]


  • What an emotional story You go in waves up and down You feel anger, annoyance, and hope You also feel fear and sorrow I m telling ya, this book is emotional It s so well written and pulls you through so much drama beautifully Lauren and her husband are struggling, and there there s Aiden, her childhood crush The story passes from present to past and the reader is able to better understand who the characters are as we connect the stories and experiences to the present characters and know where th [...]


  • This book is so well written I left my lunch to burn so I could read to the end of the chapterd then I read it burnt, not tasting the food It is superbly crafted.The topic is controversial and maybe a bit harsh for those who have not lived in such a world as is described a family living and working in a cross cultural world where the needs are so great their own family needs get neglected.I ve lived in such a world, and I can vouch for the realistic way in which these themes are explored and exp [...]


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