Review: TOO FAR TO SAY FAR ENOUGH / by Nancy Rue

Too Far to Say Far Enough: A Novel (Reluctant Prophet, 3) / by Nancy Rue

David C. Cook (2012), ISBN 978-1-4347-6490-4

Adult   Rating: 4

Prolific author Nancy Rue concludes her contemporary fiction series in Allison Chamberlain acts on divine nudges, regardless of the cost to her. This series challenges its readers to consider how comfortable they might have become in their relationship with God and whether He is nudging them in another direction.

In Too Far to Say Enough, Allison adopts Desmond, a teenage boy, when his mother dies after life on the streets. Two Sacrament Houses are now open to serve former prostitutes, and a secondhand clothing boutique is opening. Allison continues to confront the dark side of the West King Street neighborhood.

Troy Irwin, Allison’s former friend, continues to harass her, and a young runaway girl – Flannery – is rescued from prostitution. Allison feels God nudging her to help Flannery, but this might be her biggest challenge yet. Chief wants to marry Allison but she still has a past relationship with Troy to resolve before moving into a new future. Troy still rouses intense feelings. God is nudging her to go the extra mile with the man she considers a painful part of her past. Every time Allison responds to God’s nudges, it comes with a cost. Will she respond to the latest nudge to love an extra mile? And what will it cost her this time?

Rue’s flawed and realistic characters help the reader to look past stereotypes in the church. This book shows what it means to really listen and respond to God’s leading.  Character and plot-driven, the book includes noted from the author and more information about what to do with nudges.

Recommended for church libraries and book clubs.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Carol R. Gehringer

— Reprinted with permission, Christian Library Journal, 2013.

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