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The Faithful One [Kindle Edition]

Michele Chynoweth , Michele Hartlove
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Seth Jacobs has it all -- a successful business, a mansion in greater Boston, a beautiful wife and three loving children. Yet, in a series of events beyond his control Seth loses everything, including his health. Struggling to find some understanding amidst his pain, Seth’s faith is challenged further by his wife Maria, who betrays him, and even his friends, who suggest that perhaps God has His reasons for inflicting so much suffering upon him.
At the end of his rope, Seth meets Lucille O’Hanlon, a young yet wise social worker who tries to help him realize the spiritual solution he so desperately seeks. Lucille also begins to fill the void left by Seth’s losses, and as they grow closer together, he must finally determine if their relationship is of God’s Will or just his own.

Seth questions God as we all do in times of hardship. With Lucille’s help, he finally receives an unexpected answer to his despair and is faced with decisions that will determine the new path his life takes. A modern-day story based on the Book of Job, The Faithful One inspires us all to have a little faith no matter what.

What Readers Are Saying:
"The author gives us a front-row seat to watch one of the country's most successful businessmen and his family descend into the abyss of despair at warp-speed. The catastrophic events come fast and often and it is impossible to put the book down. The book provides a credible, but difficult, understanding of the sanctity of one's marriage vows and faith in GOD."
- Dennis Hildebrandt

"I met you on Sunday at the Baltimore Book Festival. I stayed up late on Monday night to finish reading the book and am happy to report that I really enjoyed it. (It even made me cry a couple of times!) I liked The Faithful One better than The Shack since you stayed true to the Book of Job - it made me want to go back and read Job again. It was thought-provoking and inspiring, and I will recommend it to the women in my book group at church. I'll certainly be looking forward to your next book!"
- Suzanne Steiner

"I bought your book there when you were signing them. I read the book and was very much impressed. The Book of Job has always been a good read for me and you put it in a modern setting in The Faithful One. I am recommending it for our church library and to the church book club for reading and review. Keep writing and may God Bless you."
- Skip Albert

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Faithful One. It is quite a page turner and an easy read. The book guided me to examine my own life after finishing it. When I reached the final page I was sad the reading experience was over, but I knew the story and its message would stick with me for some time. I have recommended reading this book to all my friends and family. It has been chosen by our book club to be the next selection of the month."
-Roberta J. Karns


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About the Author

Michele Chynoweth has been a news reporter, adveritising copywriter and ad agency owner prior to becoming a published author, and won first place in the drama category of the Maryland Writers Association Fiction Contest.
She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, the mother of three and lives in her native Maryland.

Product Details

  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Ellechor Publishing House, LLC (January 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WSQ2X8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I know this is a retake on the book of Job but the author does so in a very good way. It begins a bit far-fetched...how does one man have so much and you just know something is going to happen. Then, it does. That is when you realize you are being sucked into the modern day retelling of Job. It is hard to follow that act and at first, I was reluctant but I let myself just read the story as is and I was amazed at what the author present. For one man to go through so much, I had no idea how he could ever get everything back. Just as in the Bible however, the reader is taught to remember that money is not everything and that sometimes, being average means you are the wealthiest person around. Its a hard lesson to remember and one we need to relearn. This book helped me remember the Bible story and I am so glad for that!
Despite some flows issues, it took my breath away. It had me laughing, crying and worrying for everyone (but the wife really!) in this book. That is hard to do. I am so glad I read this book and I will be sure to pass it along. It has such a great lesson and such a great story that it deserves a 5 star rating for sure1
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read! January 13, 2013
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Great way to retell the story of Job! Kept my attention; in fact it was hard to put the book down until finished. There were a few times while reading that I felt it dragged just a bit, but not enough to distract from the story. This is the reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Faithful One- HIGHLY recommend! November 10, 2012
By Kim H
Format:Paperback
I am sure we have all asked ourselves one time or another - what did I (or they) do to deserve this? Or maybe we know someone who lost a loved one to cancer or another horrible disease? How do we keep the faith and keep believing in God? This story is a good example - how to be strong even when things can't get any worse! It's about trusting God again. I am not a very fast reader but I read this one pretty fast - it kept my attention and I didn't want to put it down! Can't wait to read her next novel!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Faithful One July 22, 2013
By EAnn
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Awesome read. Great writing about strong faith, unconditional love of a father for his children. "God speaks to us in so many ways, if only we look and listen."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting take on the book of Job June 28, 2013
By Rw
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Well written but the action is sketchy at times. Characters are not developed as fully as might be hoped. The substitution of the sin of pride for Job's true faithfulness is disconcerting initially. The ending seemed contrived and rushed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful April 8, 2013
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I started this book and could not stop reading until I finished it the same day. I now am starting to read the book of Job in my Bible. My only complaint is that it seemed to drag in parts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Day Book of Job October 18, 2013
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This is a modern day book of Job. I had such a hard time reading it at the beginning, not because the of the way the author wrote (which is superb), but because of the heartache that befell the characters. The Author sucked you in from the very beginning where you felt as if you were there experiencing all the was going on with each person. It was heart wrenching, lonely and so painful. It was a beautiful story and I truly hated seeing it come to an end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Retelling of Job July 20, 2013
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The Faithful One is a modern retelling of the book of Job. Written mostly in narrative seemingly from an omniscient point of view, the style initially bothered me. But the characters are well developed and ring true. Job's trials make a dramatic tale filled with lessons and nuggets to stimulate thought in the middle of the night. Although I knew what would happen because I already know the story, I found myself filled with tears and cheering at the triumphant conclusion.

MIchele Chynoweth has done a wonderful job with this debut novel. Watch for her to sour with the literary stars in the future. I recommend The Faithful One. It is relevant and insightful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
Like hearing testimony of friends, this story allowed me to ponder how God is at work where I fail to see Him...
Published 11 days ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Rriviting
When I started this book, I never imagined it would keep my attention and interest as I turned each page. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Dolores
5.0 out of 5 stars JOB
What a wonderful modern day parallel to the book of Job in the Old Testament. I believe Michele understood Job who would not curse God and die! Joy Ray
Published 14 days ago by David B. Ray
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting and thought provoking
Published 17 days ago by Cathi J
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I was not prepared for the depth of emotion this book provoked. It was a difficult and wonderful read. A modern Job allegory.
Published 19 days ago by Joy in the Journey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
A Jewish man named Seth Jacobs is living an ideal life only for a series of tragedies to strike. engaging from start to finish.
Published 22 days ago by J. Gallen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Faithful One
I loved this book, it kept your attention and made me stop and reflect on my own life. I think it is a "must read."
Published 26 days ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure reading pleasure
What a delight to see such a weaving of Judaism and Christianity! The bringing together of diverse backgrounds and faith, the story of tremendous loss and tribulations, leaving us... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Masvidal
4.0 out of 5 stars The Faithful One
This book shows how quickly your life can change from being at the very height of wealth and happiness and lose everything but does have a happy ending. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol Walters
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim W
I thoroughly enjoyed reading, "The Faithful One." Its a great modern-day rendition of 'The Book of Job. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim W
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More About the Author

I am the author of two novels, "The Faithful One" and "The Peace Maker," both modern-day Bible stories based, respectively, on the Book of Job and the story of David and Abigail in the First Book of Samuel. My calling is to bring Old Testament stories to life for today's readers with contemporary characters and plots so they can better understand and relate to God's messages of faith and hope. Both are part of Ellechor Publishing House's "Reimagines" line. Look for both on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, www.christianbook.com or visit my website to get a signed copy: www.michelechynoweth.com. I love to read all fiction - especially drama with some romance - and write what I like to read - novels that are entertaining, moving and inspiring!

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