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At age forty-two, Allison Chamberlain is still making a half-hearted attempt to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Although she has been a pew-sitting member of a church for seven years, “prophet” has never been on the short list of possible careers.

Then one Sunday Allison senses a divine nudge to buy a Harley motorcycle and go wherever it takes her. Soon s
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Published October 1st 2010 by David C. Cook (first published 2010)
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Jan 24, 2014 Laura rated it it was amazing
"The Reluctant Prophet" is one of those books that left me completely speechless! It completely shocked me in the depth of the story and the power of following Jesus! It was definitely a book that is not meant for the light of heart by any means, but for those who long to live out the question in everyday life: "What Would Jesus Do?".

Nancy Rue has used the main character Allison to show the effects that can happen when we ask that powerful question. Not only are our lives changed and our relatio
Pamela Aidan
Dec 12, 2011 Pamela Aidan rated it really liked it
While looking over catalogs for adding books to my library (public library of which I'm the director) I came across Nancy Rue's follow up to Reluctant Prophet. Since I hadn't heard of the original, I checked it out at the usual reviewing stops and decided to take a chance. I'm glad I did. Now this conclusion surprised me, for as a Christian I am extremely disappointed with what passes as "Christian fiction." Frankly, it's awful and the more there is of it out there, the worse it seems to be gett ...more
If you're looking for a light and fluffy, feel-good inspirational novel - this isn't it. Actually, I would imagine 'Country-Club Christians' might want to steer clear of this one. But if you're looking for an unapologetic, faith-based novel that's contemporary, edgy, socially relevant, and takes readers to the edge where only a few dare to leap - this novel is for you!

"The gospel I know is the one where Jesus preached and lived the unconditional love of salvation. You know - the one where he at
Jan 05, 2014 Loraine rated it it was amazing
SUMMARY: At age forty-two, Allison Chamberlain is still making a half-hearted attempt to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Although she has been a pew-sitting member of a church for seven years, “prophet” has never been on the short list of possible careers.

Then one Sunday Allison senses a divine nudge to buy a Harley motorcycle and go wherever it takes her. Soon she is wondering if she is called to present the reality of Christ to one of society’s darkest corners—and challenge
Aug 26, 2015 Jerry rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you."
-- Matthew 21:31c (NIV)

Edgier than the usual Christian novel, Nancy Rue takes us into the dregs of society...a place where people need hope. Narrator/protagonist Allison Chamberlain has had a tough life, but, seven years after becoming a Christian, she hears God tell her to buy a motorcycle and see where life takes her...and, boy is it a crazy ride! This kin
Jun 19, 2012 Christy rated it liked it
It was hard to know how to rate this. I wish I could give a two stars to the first half and a four stars to the second half. It was just so, so hard to get into. I didn't relate to the main character and honestly thought a few things about her were a bit inconsistant. And I'm not too intersted in motorcycles. I also struggled with all of the "cool talk", with phrases like "In my grill", etc. A few would've been fine but so many after awhile it seemed to be trying too hard and those kinds of phra ...more
Oct 01, 2012 Annette rated it liked it
The Reluctant Prophet is book one in The Reluctant Prophet series.
Book two is Unexpected Dismounts, was published October 2011.
Book three is Too Far to Say Far Enough, release date October 2012.
I studied the reviews on Amazon, Christian Book, and Barnes and Nobles, and all three sites gave the book five or nearly five stars.
The Reluctant Prophet won best in Contemporary Series at the
Christy Awards in 2011.

Allison Chamberlain age 42 is a new Christian, unmarried, and an independent minded woman
Amanda G. Stevens
May 08, 2013 Amanda G. Stevens rated it really liked it
Allison Chamberlain is a 40-something woman who's lived her Christianity behind stained glass. She's never had any interest in riding a Harley, certainly not in buying one, but one morning at church, she feels a divine "Nudge" to do exactly that. With no idea why God could possibly be asking this of her, Allison obeys. The purchase puts her on a road to meet new people. Her life changes, both instantly and slowly, as for the first time she is faced with the plight of "the least of these."

Ms. Rue
Lori Twichell
Oct 08, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it really liked it
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 m ...more
Mar 17, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
The Reluctant Prophet is a completely engrossing book, as each of Nancy Rue's books are. But beyond that, it is a convicting read as well, as Allison steps out of her comfort zone to follow God's leading in a whole new direction. And the conviction doesn't stop with Allison's actions. The reactions of the "Christians" in her life also hit a little too close to home, unfortunately. How often do we as believers try to temper others when they take bold steps in living out their faith? Even before i ...more
Feb 13, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Denise by: Alicia
This book was recommended to me and I was warned it starts out slow.

It's a good thing she warned me of that otherwise I probably would not have kept with it.

But once you are into the book, it is enthralling.

I read the first Yada Yada book and this one is similar but not really. And while the Yada Yada books were good, I think this was much better. I just ordered it for my mom, who is a huge Yada Yada fan, to read. I am quite interested in her take on it.

I know it's just a story but the book su
Mar 27, 2011 Pj rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! Modern day strong willed woman looking for a way to really live out her faith. One day, nudge nudge and a "voice" tells her to buy a Harley. Instead of ignoring the voice, she follows it's leading and the results just keep getting her more involve and more willing to share with others how her relationship with Jesus feels.The story is set in present day St. Augustine, Fl where I had just vacationed. Ms. Rue story telling allowed me to return to Florida and I could ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Loretta rated it it was amazing
I typically only give out 5-star reviews for books that are knock-my-socks-off amazing, the kind that I would stay up reading until midnight or later or the ones that I have read again and again. While this book isn't quite THAT good, in the Christian fiction genre I think it totally deserves 5 stars. It shies away from the pretty God that seems to only hang out in suburban upper-middle class habitats and asks what it means to radically follow Jesus. It ponders a salvation that does more than ju ...more
Feb 15, 2014 Naomi rated it really liked it
While I really did love this book, it such a change of pace from what I usually read and it's about both God and motorcycles, my two favorite things, there were some problems with it. So I had to give it a 4/5 instead of a 5/5.

I can easily suggest this for anyone who loves God or motorcycles, they just have to be prepared for a few plot conveniences. Plus, when I got to one part of the book I put it down and didn't pick it back up for a few days. Once you get past that though, it's all down hill
Anna Tan
Mar 01, 2014 Anna Tan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Reminiscent of Charles Sheldon's In His Steps, The Reluctant Prophet follows the story of Allison Chamberlain as she gets a divine nudge to do crazy things - like buy that Harley Davidson she doesn't even know how to ride. And care for that broken prostitute and her loud-mouthed son who have just lost their father and grandfather. Allison isn't always certain that she's hearing God's voice right, but that doesn't stop her from doing her best to follow what she believes is His will for her life. ...more
Victoria Bylin
Aug 20, 2011 Victoria Bylin rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed every page of "The Reluctant Prophet." The characters all tugged at my heart. The action kept me turning the pages. The writing itself is both simple and elegant. Best of all, it made me think about Nudges, hard choices and taking things one ride at a time. Loved it! Am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Dec 30, 2012 Angeline rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to me and the summary didn't really catch my attention so I've held off reading it. Very glad I finally picked it up! It's a great story of wanting God's plan to be your plan, hearing that voice, and then actually following it! I can't wait to read the follow ups!
Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 Ane Mulligan rated it it was amazing
Following Jesus launches Allison Chamberlain onto new roads, and to make it even more of a "ride of faith" the Lord told her to buy a Harley. While the story delves into the grittier side of life where drug addiction and prostitution is the norm, it's Allison's outlook on life that added humor to the story. While some of her friends prefer to let others dirty their hands of life's outcasts, Allison can't do that. As God keeps nudging her, you'll cheer "Big Al" on, as she attempts to obey.

Fast p
Susheel John
Apr 07, 2015 Susheel John rated it really liked it
I'll admit that I decided to read this book because of the title. On hindsight, I'm glad I did. It has a simple yet compelling storyline. I'm particularly glad that the main character is a fortysomething living a fairly ordinary life when God gets ahold of her. Her adventures in stepping out of her comfort zone are hilarious and heartbreaking. I am glad that the author didn't romanticise helping the needy and showed how that too can be heartbreaking. So the story is rooted in reality but written ...more
C.J. Darlington
A rich novel that you'll be thinking about long after you turn the final page. It challenges us to take our Christianity outside of the church building and out where the people are. Bravo, Ms. Rue.
Angela Marshall
Feb 20, 2016 Angela Marshall rated it really liked it
If you want a fiction book that will challenge your faith, this is it!
Pamela Barrett
Mar 18, 2015 Pamela Barrett rated it it was amazing
Nancy Rue’s character, Allison Chamberlain, is a real as it gets in Christian fiction. Allison gets her hands dirty trying to live her Christian faith and makes everyone uncomfortable in the process. 7 years after becoming a Christian, Allison feels a “nudge” from God telling her to buy a Harley, even though she has never ridden a motorcycle before: she tries to ignore the nudge, but God is persistent. When she follows the nudge it leads her into dark places in a bad neighborhood filled with peo ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Author: Nancy Rue
Publisher: David C. Cook
October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6496-6
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary

Allison Chamberlain is forty-two, but she’s semi-content in her life driving a horse-drawn carriage around the streets to entertain tourists. But that Sunday morning, everything changed. Allison is sitting in church paying only a tiny bit of attention to the minister when everything changed. God told her to get a Harley.

Allison was pretty sure she hadn’t heard
Clockstein Lockstein
Jan 19, 2011 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue is an inspiring story of learning to listen to God. Allison Chamberlain is settled into her life at forty-two as a horse-drawn carriage driver in St. Augustine, Florida. She attends church regularly, enjoys a good relationship with the members of her Bible study, and living alone, until she gets a very distinct message from God to buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. This begins a rapid change in her life as she continues to listen to "Nudges" from the Lord. She b ...more
Tessa Eger
Sep 11, 2014 Tessa Eger rated it it was amazing
While The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue does not qualify as great literature, this is one of the best Christian books I've read.

Allison Chamberlain has been a Christian for a few years and the feeling has been getting strong in her that she needs to do something. What, she doesn’t know. Yet. Her small group at church has really helped her grow, but suddenly Allison wonders if that’s all there is. Her jobs are just time-killers, not really anything to put her heart into.

Then she feels a nudge.
Oct 19, 2012 Dorrice rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and bought the second one of the series as soon as I finished this one. Alison Chamberlain is a gal in her forties who has known the Lord for the past seven years. She is in what one would call a comfortable church, one whose members and pastor are happy with what they are doing for the Lord. Which isn't a whole lot actually but they think it all they need to be doing. One day Alison receives a nudge, which is actually the Lord speaking to her, to go buy a Harley. The ...more
Cynthia Vogel
Nov 05, 2012 Cynthia Vogel rated it it was amazing
The Reluctant Prophet was yet another great read by author Nancy Rue who coauthored a three part series I'd read previously. The Reluctant Prophet cuts deep to the heart of what it is that makes a Christian worthy of their title. It challenges the Christianese that we tend to speak and pricks us to action rather than to complacent words. The main character moved by "nudges" from God, buys a Harley Davidson Motorcycle and then is propelled into a whole new world of characters who are a far cry fr ...more
Dec 15, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed reading this book, it is a good story and leaves you with lots to think about. I am now looking forward to reading the sequel.

Allison is a Christian, attending church and with a good group of Christian friends. However, she has been praying for God to tell her what he wants her to do, never dreaming that he will tell her to "Buy a Harley"! As she follows God's "nudge" her whole life is turned around, through learning to ride the Harley she makes new friends and finds herself out
Jennifer Bowers
Oct 26, 2013 Jennifer Bowers rated it really liked it
Christian novel about a woman who leaves her comfort zone by buying a Harley and hanging out with bikers, as well as taking in homeless druggies to help them rehabilitate. Conflict is provided not only by the obvious problems her new housemates cause, but by the reactions of her church friends.

I would be interested to know what tradition the author is from because mixed in with her clear understanding and communication of Gospel truth are references to praying for the dead, for example. Also, th
Jun 23, 2012 Diane rated it really liked it
What do you do when you get a "Nudge" from God? Do you even believe it is from God? What about the people around you?

How important is it to you to believe in Christ a "certain" way? If you believe in Christ, what does that mean down the road?

Excellent book. I had read Nancy Rue's books she wrote with Steve Arterburn (Healing Waters, Healing Sands, etc...) so I was interested in this one. She certainly didn't disappoint. My only gripe--and it was a small one--was that certain characters were rath
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