Title: The Runaway Prophet
Author: Michele Chynoweth
Publisher: Morgan James Fiction
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
Ever read the book of Jonah in the Old Testament? Jonah is a reluctant kind of a prophet who God told to go to a certain city and preach a message of repentance. Jonah ran away from his assignment and God used a storm at sea to get his attention. Jonah was swallowed by a whale and stayed there three days until he was literally thrown up onto a shore. Yes, I agree, gross. However, the point being Jonah repented and went to complete the assignment God gave him. Read the book of Jonah and you’ll quickly see there are other issues in Jonah’s heart.
Now what Michele Chynoweth did was take that story and place it in modern times. What would a Jonah type story look like in today’s world? Well, what is crafted by the author is a spell-binding tale of a young man receiving instructions from his dying father, but he isn’t all that thrilled to obey directions. Readers will follow Rory Justice as he too has to come to terms with his assignment, but it takes a whole lot of suffering for his heart to be willing. Rory isn’t just afraid of what he has to do; it’s the repercussions that really take his breath away!
The story grabbed my attention with danger, tension, romance, and a message of God’s love, forgiveness and hope. I found it interesting that one of the minor characters turns out to be gay. He doesn’t engage in sexual encounters, but instead decides to remain chaste for his life. The tale though mainly focuses on how Rory must constantly make choices, be honest about the state of his heart and draw near to God.
I read this story pretty quickly as it just brought to modern day the way we can at times be like Jonah and yet God will continue to love us, calling us to Himself.
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