Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Too Far To Say Far Enough by Nancy Rue - REVIEWED!!

About the Book: (from David C. Cook)
Allison Chamberlain has done everything God required of her-but as He continues to nudge her in the third and final book of The Reluctant Prophet series, she is ready to say, “Enough!”
Even with two Sacrament Houses open, the Sisters’ second hand clothing boutique making its debut, and the orphaned Desmond legally adopted, Allison Chamberlain receives the divine Nudge to Go another mile. Eventually responding with her usual reluctant obedience, she finds herself caring for a very young prostitute and facing the deepest roots of evil. Despite the adversaries who threaten those closest to her, Allison finds that she has not gone far enough until she conquers hate and learns to love as God does. No matter what the consequences.   

My Thoughts:

I knew something else.  We would all stay locked up, unable to get to the world we so wanted to change, if we didn’t give in to loving another mile.”  (p 468)

It’s not a matter of blame…or shame or guilt.  It’s a matter of making the choice between loving and hating.  And you do it over and over and over again.” (p 474)

We all have a choice,” I said. “We can live our lives the way somebody else tried to shape them.  Or we can live them the way God wants to shape them if we give God a chance.”  (p 479)

If you’ve read many of my blog posts, you know I try to pick a quote that sums up the theme of the story. Too Far To Say Far Enough is a very involved story that encapsulates a lot of truth.  The three examples I chose to open this review are given as evidence of the true warrior heart of Allison Chamberlain.  Her character is so gritty and real that I can’t help but believe that in some way she reflects the heart of the author!  Nancy Rue has crafted a very unique and moving series within the Reluctant Prophet, and I can only imagine what her heart must go through as she crafts the lives of these characters!  She has put my heart through the paces reading Too Far to Say Far Enough!

This story gives resolution to some issues, but opens just as many new avenues for your heart to travel.  Readers of all ages will be drawn into this story.  The descriptions of people alone are enough to keep you curiously turning pages! The exchange between the Mosquito and Allison (Classic) was timeless and very, very real!! All of the exchanges – verbal, emotional, spiritual – are very, very real. That’s what sets these stories apart.  The issues are heartbreaking, but the reality exists and Christians are called to be Jesus in the lives of the broken.  

Nancy Rue gets that truth and conveys it in a powerful way through story.  Bravo, Nancy!! No wonder you won double Christy’s last year!  I imagine it won’t be the last time! Bravo!

About the Author:
Nancy Rue is the author of over 100 books for adults and teens, including Healing Waters, which was a 2009 Women of Faith Novel of the Year, and has recently been named an ECPA 2010 Christian Book Award Finalist. Nancy travels extensively-at times on the back of a Harley Davidson-speaking and teaching to groups of `tween girls and their moms and mentoring aspiring Christian authors. She lives on a lake in Tennessee with her Harley-ridin' husband Jim and their two yellow labs (without whom writing would be difficult.)

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