Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Litfuse Review: Of Stillness and Storm by:Michele Phoenix
About the Book:
“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.
I guess, this story can be summed up by saying, this is what happens to people that are in ministry but behind the closed doors that we all don't get to see and I thank God that we don't or nothing would ever get done for Him. People are flawed in about a million different directions, way more than we know. Seeing Lauren give in to temptation no matter how deep or far it actually goes was so upsetting. Even if she felt justified in it because of hr loneliness, her son most definitely does not deserve it. I was very angry with her acting up.
Ministry is hard real hard and when it is coupled with missions work, forget about it. This poor family needs a huge time out. But when you give the devil a crack for him to seep in through, this is what happens. A family broken and in disrepair. Lauren feels from the get go that something isn't right.
Though this is fiction I think the author hit the nail on the head with this one. Missionaries are "real" people that have the same "real" problems that we all do. They need to know that their work is paying off in a real and big way. A great story that is real life fiction!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.