of stillness and storm

December 6th, 2016. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.

of stillness and storm

By Michèle Phoenix

Intimate and bold, Of Stillness and Storm weaves profound dilemmas into a tale of troubled love and honorable intentions gone awry.

“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.


Sam was gung ho from the beginning. Lauren wasn’t so sure for awhile, but made the committment. Ryan was dead set against moving to Nepal.

Sam would disappear into the remote mountain reaches three weeks out of every four. He soon became a stranger to his own family.

After two years Lauren needed Sam home more to help with Ryan. What she really needed was to take him back to the States. Ryan was becoming a surly, distant handful for Lauren.

After a friend kept urging Lauren to join facebook, she finally did, and doing so, discovered a new life for herself. A dangerous life for her fragile emotions. Aiden needed the connection as much as Lauren.

But can Lauren’s relationship with her son and husband survive this secret life of hers?

Thank you, Ms Phoenix, for this very touching story. I look forward to reading more of your work.

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse, and am giving my honest opinion.***


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.

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