What would it be like to be called to serve as a prophet? How does it feel to be that intimately connected with God? Is the reward worth all of the pain and work?
In Prophet by R.J. Larson, Ela is a seventeen year old girl from the city of Parne who answers the call of her Creator to be his prophet. Even though she is reluctant to serve, she cannot imagine living without His presence. She leaves her home to bring the Creator’s word to nations torn apart by war and led by people who have turned their back on the Creator. Along the way, she joins forces with Kien who is seeking justice for his own people. Ela bring the word of the Creator to many people and prayerfully waits to see if they will turn their hearts to follow the Creator.
Prophet is a great story, but not one for everyone. It is a fantasy allegory, so you have to be open to the world the author creates. It is an interesting and believable world and the parallels to this life are clear. As Ela went through her journey, I wondered if this is really what it would be like to have such a close relationship with God. It sounds so awesome and so frightening at the same time. Prophet is the first book in a series and I would certainly love to pick up the next book and continue to follow Ela on her journey. If you are open to a fantasy world, this is a great book for you.
I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers. The opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.