Book Review: The Reluctant Prophet

Book Review: The Reluctant Prophet

The Reluctant Prophet: A Novel

Book Review: The Reluctant Prophet

By Nancy Rue (reviewed by Peter DeHaan)

In the novel The Reluctant Prophet, by Nancy Rue, forty-something Alison is still trying to figure out what she wants to do when she grows up. Though she has been a faithful church attendee for seven years, her faith is still nominal.

Then in the midst of a church service, she is startled to have God speak to her. “Alison,” he nudges, “Go out and buy a Harley.” She is to go wherever it will take her. Never mind that she has never driven a motorcycle nor has the funds to buy one. Even so, she eventually finds herself acquiescing to God’s incessant nudging and obeys his instruction.

Her inward-looking church “friends” don’t get it—and even try to stage an intervention for her. Her narcissistic neighbors are no less understanding. But she has made some new friends in the biker community; they become like family, always ready to help.

Alison’s motorcycle does take her to some unusual places, often dangerous and ill-advised. Yet God has a call on her life and she is increasingly drawn to follow it—no matter what the cost.

[The Reluctant Prophet: A Novel, by Nancy Rue. Published by David C. Cook, 2010, ISBN# 978-1434764966, 496 pages, $14.99]

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Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.

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