(Book review) Of stillness and storm


Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, Co-president of ECLA and long time book discussion leader

 


Introduction

Title: Of stillness and storm

Author: Michele Phoenix

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2016

Format: Paperback

Length: 321 pages

OVERVIEW

Of Stillness and Storm is a very well written and compelling story with a plot that is out of the ordinary. Lauren and her husband of ten years move to Nepal to reach the primitive tribes for Christ. Ryan, their young son, does not want to leave his home and all he knows but, of course, he also makes the move. Three weeks away working among the needy and one week back at their Nepalese home becomes a way of life for Sam but leaves Lauren and Ryan in limbo in a country they have not acclimated to and certainly not feeling like a family in any way.

On Social Media, Lauren reconnects with an old friend and their communication becomes a huge and welcome distraction, taking away what little attention she was giving to Ryan. The total result for Ryan of the life they are living comes crashing down in a disastrous way.

The book’s  ending did not tie everything up neatly but with the type of situations in this story it was obvious that not everything could come to a tidy conclusion.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

5

Suggested Audience

Adult fiction readers

Christian Impact

This book covers a lot of important issues: missionary work, submission, marriage, consideration of your mate, truthfulness, suicide.

Additional notes

Contains discussion questions.



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