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Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Reluctant Prophet
While Allison struggles to decipher this unclear message, she is, as the title suggests, unexpectedly dismounted through a series of events. Not only is she unclear about what God is trying to tell her, but she must once again deal with the pain of the past - both hers and the Sisters - as she fights to keep her foster son, Desmond. After Desmond's mom was killed and his father, Sultan, was presumed dead, Allison expected her adoption of Desmond to be clean and easy. However, a relative shows up trying to take Desmond from her, which helps Allison realize what God must feel like when he is about to lose one of his children.
Fortunately, Allison is not alone on this journey. The well-developed characters introduced in The Reluctant Prophet - Chief, Hank, Mercedes, Bonner, India, and others - return in Unexpected Dismounts with just as much support for Allison's nudges as concern for the outcome of the adoption hearing. With the help of these friends, God's perfect timing, and a young attorney named Kade Capelli, Allison finds the courage to face all of her unexpected dismounts.
One of the scenes I particularly like is when Allison is speaking with Hank about not being sure what God was nudging her to do. Was it what God wanted or what she wanted? Hank reminds her that as long as her heart is aligned with God's, perhaps they are one and the same thing.
As in her other novels, Nancy Rue's voice resonates throughout the story, combining just enough humor and sincerity to hook readers and make the characters come to life. Readers cannot stop reading until they find out whether or not Allison gets to keep Desmond; if Ophelia, a new addition to the Sacrament House, will stick with her decision to turn her life around; if Zelda will come back; and whether Chief feels the same way about Allison as she does about him. Of course, Rue saves some of the biggest twists for the end, which only increases readers' eagerness to get to the last page.
Overall, I think Unexpected Dismounts is a well-written novel that allows readers to peer into the heart of someone trying to follow Gods will and sincerely listening to the counsel of her friends. Proverbs 15:22 (NIV) states, "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed." Similarly, Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) says, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." Allison lives out both of these every day. And though there are some bumps in the road, she trusts God through it all.
This book is definitely worth reading. And if you haven't read the first one yet, go get it and read them both.
Nicole E. Dynes, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com