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Breaking the Silence

by Stephanie Bennett

Synopsis and Reviews

SYNOPSIS:  As Breaking the Silence (Book 2), unfolds, Emilya is trying to understand the puzzle of these people in the wild, the way they live, and their use of words like “faith” and “soul.” Aren’t humans just biology and electricity?

How can people co-exist in a place where they can’t simply turn off the communications of others or carefully edit responses? Complications pile up for Emilya as she tries to deal with aspects of love and friendship that defy her carefully constructed idea of what it means to be alive.

The books in this series are intended to spotlight the real dangers of the world's increasing dependence upon technology—and the illusion that we can achieve perfection, happiness, true relationships, or fulfillment within the walls of “safety” that we’re told technology can provide.

What reviewers are saying about Breaking the Silence by Stephanie Bennett


Wayne Jacobsen, author of He Loves Me: Learning to Live in the Father's Affection, and collaborator on The Shack says:

"I love the tale Dr. Bennett spins as Emilya continues her journey caught between the rigid world of technology and the calling of the transcendent.  This is an engaging, thought-provoking, and deeply satisfying story of one woman's struggle to define her life."

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Eric Goodman, creator and producer, Thus Spoke the Spectacle (at says: 

“Stephanie Bennett's Within the Walls series vividly portrays the nightmare of hyper-mechanization and the dangers it poses to personality and human sovereignty. Keen social commentary and insights into communication are embedded within a love story in the broadest sense, as the protagonist, Emilya, discovers the capacity to connect to the humanity within and around her. In depicting Emilya's awakening, Bennett provides on one level a  compelling story of personal struggle and overcoming, and on a deeper level, a call and model for a humane resistance to our own increasingly alienating technological milieu.”


Jon Zens, author of A Church Building Every ½ Mile: What Makes American Christianity Tick? says:

"As technology spreads its tentacles more and more in our culture, the expression of authentic humanness becomes challenged in untold ways. As Henri Nouwen astutely noted, “our technocratic society has succeeded in killing the natural spontaneous curiosity of people, and dulled the human desire to know.” In Breaking the Silence, part two of an unfolding trilogy, Stephanie Bennett masterfully addresses the tension between an increasingly depersonalized society and the human hunger for belonging. This is an engaging story that wrestles with far-reaching issues staring us in the face right now, and offers hope in the midst of crises that threaten the fundamentals of human existence itself."


Read a synopsis of the Within the Walls trilogy storyline.


See Book 1, Within the Walls


Learn more about Stephanie Bennett


The last installment of the trilogy is in the queue, and not a moment to soon!  The "virtual world" is gaining on the real world in ways that would be no surprise to the main character of the series. 

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