I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. I'm totally not into biking, but descided to give it a try, to discover that it's not really about bikes but about how God can guide you in your life when you're willing to listen. It's a great read, humorous, sad, intense....
Do you think that on the morning Isaiah received instruction to walk around in his altogether he had a flicker of doubt? Or when Hosea is sent to get his wife from among the prostitutes do you suppose he thought that there could be an easier way? Suppose instead of walking around naked for three years or marrying a faithless woman, God asked you to buy a motorcycle. That nearly sounds laughably easy in comparison! Having no knowledge of such machines may make it seem a little more challenging, and certainly the idea of following Christ into the unknown can sometimes seem as unprecedented as spending time in public nude or having children with a woman of questionable virtue.
In this witty and poignant story, God calls an ordinary Christian woman, Allison Chamberlain, to a life of adventure and powerful impact through one simple instruction - "Buy a Harley". As Allison obeys this radical call, her life is changed and ultimately she starts to change everyone around her. That is what a prophet does, after all, they change the lives of others through obedience to God. Along the way there are, of course, detractors and dissuaders who believe that the things God calls the modern Christian to are much less, well, extraordinary. Sometimes these are people outside the church, but too often, sadly, they are from within. Obedience to God can seem a lonely task, but those who willingly listen to his voice are never far from his heart.
This story definitely packs a punch - if a Christian walks away from it without seeing the power and imagination of a God whose love for every sinner is enormous, they would seem unwilling to see those things at all. Nancy Rue does a great job of writing a story that impacts the reader with humor, wisdom, and beauty. God calls all of us to something. If we ask him he will show us what that is for us. When he does, be ready. It may not be what you expected, but if you are obedient, he will show you more than you can possibly imagine.
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Nancy Rue has created one of my favourite characters of the year, 42-yr-old Allison Chamberlain, a character who had me laughing out loud many times throughout this fabulous book.
Allison has been a Christian for seven years, trying to figure out exactly what following Jesus looks like. One Sunday she is sitting restlessly in her pew when she receives a divine nudge - literally - and hears God telling her to go buy a Harley. When she decides to follow this bizarre calling, she soon finds herself well out of her comfort zone, learning to handle a hog, and encountering God's people in a challenging but eternally satisfying way.
This first book in the Reluctant Prophet Trilogy will make you smile, laugh, maybe even cry, as you contemplate this wonderful journey of life that God is guiding us through. Despite the gender difference, I found myself really relating to Allison, especially in her reluctance to acknowledge God's voice (He's not actually asking me to do that is he?). Not only was I thoroughly entertained by this novel, but I was challenged as well, to step outside of myself and what I'm comfortable with, and to follow God's leading, no matter how strange (and no doubt wonderful!) that will be.
The book absolutely flew by, and I struggled to even be able to put it down. Nancy Rue is a highly skilled author, and has delivered an amazing read that engaged me on all levels. I absolutely cannot wait to find out what happens in the next book in the series.
I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
An egalley of this book was provided from the publisher via Netgalley, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
"The Reluctant Prophet" is thought-provoking, emotionally authentic and spiritually challenging. I laughed, I cried. I was inspired to live a bigger life. A book doesn't get any better than that. Or maybe it does . . . The story is utterly compelling, a real page-turner!
This is a beautiful story of someone choosing to follow God and do extreme things for Him! Allison is a prophet, someone who speaks the words of God and challenges others to follow Him as well. Her Church Bible study group does not look at all with favor on what she is doing and gets the most challenge. She challenges them to stop making converts that can contribute to the Church offering plate and add to their tallies of people saved, but rather to go out and love people and treat them the way Christ would. They dare to say the government has programs for people like this but it doesn't stop Allison from following Christ herself instead of dumping that job on the government. Allison faces life-threatening and heart breaking situations and keeps doing what it takes to follow Christ. I highly recommend this book to anyone who dares open themselves up to what following Christ really means.