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Review: The Reluctant Prophet

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Review: The Reluctant Prophet

* 2011 Christy Award NOMINEE


The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue

Reviewed by Lori Twichell, Radiant Lit

Genre: Religious, Romance

Publisher: David C. Cook

Publication Dates: October 1, 2010

Allison Chamberlain is not really happy with The Nudge. What’s The Nudge? It’s this voice in her head that sometimes turns into a physical push or shove that tells her to do the strangest things. It is crazy sounding isn’t it? Allison would agree. Especially when The Nudge tells her that she needs to buy a Harley.  I mean really – why would she need a Harley?!

When Allison buys the Harley, she’s hoping that her time with The Nudge is over, but she’s not that fortunate. The Nudge keeps moving and pushing her into new areas until she ends up with her house full of drug addicted prostitutes and a teenage boy that helps her discover that she does have some mothering instincts. She also discovers that she hasn’t quite left behind some of her mistakes from the past.

Populated with characters that are very real, down to Earth and fantastically entertaining, Rue gives us a guided tour through the life and the daily musings of someone who knows things she doesn’t want to know and does things that many people would consider outrageous.  Rue does an exceptional job in giving us an idea of what a modern day prophet might be like. With words that she knows aren’t hers and actions that she knows couldn’t be considered sane, Allison doesn’t want to be a prophet. As much as she’d like to deny it though, she knows that The Nudge is from God and that He is what’s taking her into this new part of her life. And later, when she needs to confront her past, it’s The Nudge that won’t let her ignore it.

This book is a journey of discovery. People who are completely lost in sin transform their lives into something beautiful and new. People who think that they’ve left their sin in the past when they’re really still carrying it with them learn how to let go.

Stunning. Heart-wrenching. Beautiful and amazing, Rue’s book, if given the chance, will do more than let you escape for a few hours. It has the potential to transform your thoughts and change your perspective. This is a book that would be a great gift for just about anyone. It’s an exceptional read, a gripping story and sometimes, a harsh commentary on the Christian world that is absolutely necessary.  I’m honored to have received this book for review and can’t wait to see what Nancy Rue has in mind for her next offering.

*PG-13 for some heavy situations

*Review copy provided by David C. Cook

 

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