Monday, March 11, 2013
The Infinite’s voice was compelling beyond any she’d ever heard. As it should be. Could she expect anything less from the Creator? No. And yet. And yet… Why should she expect anything from Him at all? She yanked the edge of her mantle over her hose and mouth again, then whispered, “Infinite? I’m no one special. Why are you telling me this?” “Because I know you will listen.”

Book: Prophet (Books of the Infinite) by R. J. Larson, Bethany House Publishers, 2012

Genre: Allegory
Target Audience: Girls and Boys 16+
Subjects: Salvation, Trusting God, Faith, God’s judgment
Summary: She and her family and friends may think she’s no one special but the Infinite, the Creator, has big plans for her – plans that include people obeying her commands and cowering in fear of her – or rather the Infinite working through her. Ela is going about her life as normal the day the Infinite speaks to her, gives her a vision of the suffering of His people and invites her to become His prophet. Being His prophet comes with a guarantee of pain, loneliness and an early death, but once she has heard His voice she cannot go back. She is determined to follow her Creator, no matter what He asks of her. In the meantime, someone from a nearby nation dares to protest the suffering Ela saw in her vision and is thrown in prison for it. As he waits for his death, Ela’s path intersects with his and she brings the knowledge to him that will change his life.
Notes: The first in a series retelling Old Testament stories in an allegorical story, Prophet focuses on a young girl asked by the Infinite (God) to become a prophet. It shows a number of Bible stories such as Namaan being healed of leprosy, Elijah and the prophets of Baal and I suspect Elijah anointing Jehu as king. The author doesn’t note anywhere what stories these represent, this is just my guess. Throughout the story a number of subjects are covered but one of the most striking and most unique is God’s judgment. Ela mourns over those who refuse to turn to Infinite but He challenges her, asking “Child of dust, can you make their decisions for them?”  and  “Even now, I will save them if they repent. As I would save Tek An. Yet, in his pride, he will prefer death.” and “Why do you plead for him? He refuses to hear. Look at his counselors. They are unwilling to hear My warnings, therefore I have given their power to others and will turn them to dust.” Most Christian fiction books don’t focus on God’s righteous judgment, only His love and mercy. But God IS just and He does keep His promises and He does promise that those who reject Him will receive the punishment they have chosen. This book shows that aspect of His character. It also shows how great our God really is. Near the beginning, there is a scene where Ela is given a chance to choose not to be His prophet. He withdraws His presence from her and she begs for death, recognizing that even the very dust of the ground exists because of Him. After this, even when questioned about being a prophet she determinedly states that she chose this, that she would not want a life with hearing His voice. I highly recommend this book.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Genesis 18:25 – Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?

Thank you R.J. Larson for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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