The Reluctant Prophet
by Nancy Rue
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publication Date: October 2010
Publisher: David C. Cook
Source: I got this book from paperbackswap.com because it sounded like a really awesome story.
Allison Chamberlain is a 42-year-old Christian woman who is wondering what more there is to this life with Jesus. Since becoming a Christian seven years prior, she hasn’t known what to do with it and has relentlessly asked God, “Now what?” During a church service, she hears a distinct voice. It says:
Go out and buy a Harley.
I don’t know about you, but if I heard a voice in my head telling me to go buy a Harley, I would probably think the same things Allison thought; that it was her imagination, or that it was acid reflux. Allison doesn’t ride motorcycles (she doesn’t even know how) and has absolutely zero desire to do so. She is a tour guide in the scenic town of St. Augustine, Florida, driving a horse-driven carriage and showing tourists all the sites.
But, the message will not go away.
So, Allison obeys that voice and buys the Harley. This 500 page book outlines what God does through her when she takes that step of faith. But it isn’t only about that one step. Allison continues to rely on God every step of her journey, seeking His wisdom and guidance, even when things don’t turn out anything like she thought they would.
You see… Once Allison buys that Harley, she is led to rescue drug-addicted prostitutes in a bad section of St. Augustine. Despite her church’s misgivings and her church friends who turn their backs on her, Allison continues doing what God has called her to do. Even when things become unbelievably hard. Allison faithfully follows what God has laid before her.
This is what Christian Fiction should be about. Life is messy and hard. People have gone through unimaginable things, but everyone should know that they are loved by the One who created them in the first place. It doesn’t matter who they are, where they are, or what they’ve done. We ALL are loved by our God. I applaud Nancy Rue for tacking such a tough subject in the Christian Fiction market.
This book tells us what can happen when ONE PERSON follows God’s instructions. When ONE PERSON obeyed God, bought a Harley and God took her on the ride of her life. We should all aspire to be like Allison. The world would be a much better place.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It will change you.