Of Stillness and Storm by MIchele Phoenix

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“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. – from author’s website


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.
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