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Michele Chynoweth

  • Bethany Beach Books 99 Garfield Parkway Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 United States (map)

Meet Michele Chynoweth, author of many books including her most recent - The Runaway Prophet.

The Runaway Prophet


From the author of the best-selling novels The Faithful One and The Peace Maker comes another captivating modern-day Bible story that will grip you and not let go.

Rory Justice leads a relatively normal life as a conservative, divorced, middle-aged ad agency account executive. He doesn’t like to rock the boat, but that’s just what happens when his retired FBI agent father, on his deathbed, asks Rory to hand-deliver a sealed letter to the Las Vegas sheriff’s department. The letter details plans by a new Islamic State mafia running the casinos to destroy the city with an underground nuclear bomb.

Instead of delivering the letter warning Vegas of its impending doom, Rory tries to run. He mails the letter and jumps onto a cruise ship, only to find himself entangled in a series of horrific misfortunes. Rory is eventually brought back to Vegas, where he ends up helping FBI and police investigators who have forty days to uproot the mafia and the bomb they’ve planted before it destroys Sin City. In the process, he finds himself confronting the very low-lifes he abhors―prostitutes, gamblers, drug addicts and thugs―and falls in love with police lieutenant Susan McAfree, a tough yet vulnerable officer on his team. But can this new-found love outweigh the hate he feels for the sinners she lives among and works to save?

Full of intrigue, suspense, and a little romance, The Runaway Prophet delivers the message that you can try to run from God’s call, but you can’t hide and that sometimes, by rescuing other people, God rescues you in the process.

“Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs…Salvation comes from the Lord.”

- Jonah 2:8-9 (NIV)


About Michele
From Michele's website

"My husband Bill and I live in my native Maryland and have a blended family of five children - three boys and two girls who are mostly out on their own now - and I'm a new grandmother! I love to read, travel, swim, take long walks with my husband and dog Shirley, and most of all to write! I think I was born loving to write...I remember I wrote my first "novel" in a spiral-bound notebook when I was ten-years-old about a girl and her dog. But my dream of being a novelist was put on hold as "life" and its myriad responsibilities took hold, including careers as a news reporter, advertising agency owner and marketing director to help put food on the table. Fortunately, the dream God placed on my heart resurfaced and He called me to write a modern-day novel based on the Bible's Book of Job, which became The Faithful One. Looking back I see He had a plan...I was a lot like my Job character: I was losing my marriage, my business, my kids (who were becoming teenagers and, it seemed, no longer needed their mom) and finally, my health through a debilitating disease.  Like my Job character, Seth Jacobs, I held onto that last shred of faith and through the grace of God got my health, family and life back in a richer, fuller way. I was healed through my writing - and knew I could help give others hope too. 

And My Mission...

Let's face it, the Old Testament stories are a little hard to read - yet God's messages in them are as powerful for us today as they were thousands of years ago. I believe God continues to call me to "re-imagine" these Bible stories in modern-day novels based on the same compelling characters and exciting plots yet written so that today's readers can better relate to them, understand and enjoy them, and most importantly, hear what God is trying to tell us."

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