"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.
- Publisher's Weekly - In this fine novel, Phoenix (Tangled Ashes) realistically captures the deep struggles enveloping a missionary family.
- RT Book Reviews - Phoenix's latest takes a thoughtful and realistic look at the hardships missionaries endure and the strain that missionary work can place on a family. This book should be required reading for every wife and husband in the mission field who is trying to do God's work. Readers will run through a gamut of emotions while reading this book as it addresses hard questions about priorities and what God asks of us. Readers will be able to relate to the main character; she's likeable, real and her struggles are genuine. This is a book that will take a reader out of their comfort zone but will also leave readers with thought-provoking questions long after reading. Well done