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On a rainy spring day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, twenty-five-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning brand new nine-thousand square foot house. And after meeting Sarah Sabin at a nearby ice cream shop, he has two reasons to visit the beach every weekend.

When bizarre things start happening in the rooms of the home, Micah suspects they have some connection to his enigmatic new friend, Rick, the town mechanic. But Rick will only say the house is spiritual. This unnerves Micah because his faith slipped away like the tide years ago, and he wants to keep it that way. But as he slowly discovers, the home isn’t just spiritual, it’s a physical manifestation of his soul, which God uses to heal Micah’s darkest wounds and lead him into an astonishing new destiny.

"An extraordinary read. Part The Screwtape Letters, part The Shack."

--Robert Liparulo, best-selling author of Comes a Horseman


"A profound spiritual tale spun with imaginative flair. I'm looking forward to more from Jim Rubart."

--James Scott Bell, best-selling author of Try Fear


"Unforgettable. The kind of book that is talked about long after the last page has been turned. The universe of readers is richer because of this debut novel."

--Alton Gansky, author of Enoch and Certain Jeopardy


"Two words about Rooms: blown away. It's been a long time since I read anything this unique and truly creative, and even longer since a book held me in such rapt attention during the moments I was reading it--and long after."

--Deborah Raney, author of the Clayburn novels


"A wonderful book . . . Since I began reading it, I've been captivated. It isn't often that a book pulls me so deeply into the fictive dream that I dream about it at night."

--Terri Blackstock, author of Predator and Intervention


Winner, Best Inspirational Novel of 2010

--RT BOOK REVIEWS Reviewers' Choice Awards

Author Bio

James L. Rubart is a professional marketer, speaker, and writer. He serves on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and lives with his wife and sons in Seattle, Washington.

ChristianBookPreviews

After he inherits a mansion on the coast of Oregon, Micah Taylor, the main character of James L. Rubart’s novel, Rooms, finds himself living in two worlds. During the week he owns an enormously successful software company, dates his beautiful business partner, and takes expensive overseas vacations. On weekends at the mansion, he reads cryptic letters from his deceased uncle, takes walks on the beach, and enjoys life at a slower pace. For reasons Micah can’t understand, he finds himself drawn to the mansion at Cannon Beach. He meets new friends: Rick, a kindly auto mechanic who always has a word of wisdom, and Sarah, the beautiful ice cream girl who catches Micah’s eye and heart. New rooms keep appearing in the mansion, uncovering memories that he had almost forgotten and causing him to remember a faith in God that he had abandoned long ago. The more time that Micah spends at Cannon Beach, the more his life in Seattle disappears. Soon, it becomes clear that he must choose between the two worlds, and Micah isn’t sure who to trust or listen to anymore.

By discussing issues such as spiritual warfare, human nature, and redemption, James Rubart gets into some heavy theological territory, but he explores all of these topics through the story instead of preaching at his readers. While at times the method for the spiritual revelations feels a bit repetitive – usually involving a conversation with Rick or a letter from Uncle Archie – the use of the mansion as a reflection of Micah’s spiritual condition often offers a fresh perspective on old truths. Most of all, the novel vividly illustrates the truth of Mark 8:35-37, where Jesus warned his listeners that they must choose what they devote their lives to. By moving this classic dilemma from the spiritual to the physical, literal world, Rooms shows that making the choice is not as easy or clear as Christians might like.

Besides the portrayal of biblical themes in an unusual way, Rooms has excellent descriptions of its two settings. Both of Micah’s worlds feel real, from the details of his interactions with coworkers in the corporate world to the imagery describing the coast of Cannon Beach. Like the settings, exchanges between characters are interesting and purposeful, although it is difficult at times to distinguish between the voices of a few of the characters, especially Micah and his business partner Julie.

The plot, driven largely by the concept of a spiritual house and what effect that could have on one man’s life, seems to slow a bit once the novelty of the idea wore off after the first dozen chapters. While interesting because of the spiritual ideas it presented, much of the middle of the book fell into a pattern of a strange happening in Seattle, a conversation with Rick or Sarah, and the discovery of a new room, without much building of intensity. However, when Micah is forced to choose between worlds and risks losing both, the pacing picks up incredibly, sustaining a feeling of drama and anticipation that lasts through the climax and resolution. – Amy Green, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's Weekly

Debut author and professional marketer Rubart has created a suspenseful tale in the vein of Ted Dekker's House, in which inexplicable happenings take over and direct a character's life. Twenty-five-year-old Micah Taylor receives a mysterious letter from a great-uncle he never knew informing him of a home built for him by said uncle. His interest piqued, Micah, a wealthy software company owner, takes off for the Oregon coast to visit his newly acquired 9,000-square-foot house. What he finds is a shape-shifting, mind-boggling revisiting of his past that jeopardizes his future. With only a handful of letters as his guide, Micah tries to summon up the courage to face old wounds that somehow are connected to various rooms in the house itself. As soon as Taylor opens one door, in floods a sea of memories that he must choose to face or run from. Rubart's work clips along nicely, and his premise is compelling. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Illinois
    Age: Over 65
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    Rooms
    April 6, 2016
    jojo
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A very different theme to this book... it held my interest and really made me think.... a very good book.
  2. Plymouth MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Rooms--Ever-Changing, Ever-Challenging!
    February 21, 2016
    debhgrty
    Plymouth MA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
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    This review was written for Rooms.
    Debs Dozen: His house. Designed for him. Unexpected and disturbing. Rooms changing overnightwhy?

    Rooms is a strange and wonderful bookdisturbing and intriguing at the same time. Micah Taylor has been given a house back in Cannon Beach, a place that holds memories he still has nightmares about. His estranged Uncle Archie had the house built especially for Micahwhy he has no idea. Still, Micah is curious enough to go investigate despite his fathers advice to the contrary.

    Driving from Seattle to the beach, Micah doubts his decision and dawdles along the way until he slowly drives up a long driveway and sees the house. The house is spectacularright on the beach. The architecture is superb and when Micah enters the house, he feels at home. As he walks from place to place within his house, he feels more and more at easethe letter from Archie was right; the house could have been designed with Micah in mind.

    While exploring the town to see what has changed, Micah meets Rick, an auto mechanic with whom he has instant camaraderie. He feels Rick could become a great friend. Stopping into the towns ice cream parlor, he meets Sarah, but his instant feelings are not those of camaraderie, but that she could be the one.

    At home again, Micah continues to explore and wait, that room wasnt there before! How could he have missed a room? What will he find? Are there more yet undiscovered rooms? What keeps him here and keeps him coming back to Cannon Beach from his company in Seattle? Micah will find he has decisions to make which will he choose? The house that fits him like a glove, or the hustle-bustle and fame of his software company in Seattle.

    I loved Rooms. I loved the writing. I loved the descriptions. I fell in love with the characters. In many ways, I felt I was reliving my life and some of the decisions I have made along the way. James Rubart has the ability to make the reader a part of the storysilent observers, sometimes encouraging, sometimes saying, Dont open that door! You will enjoy the journey Micah makes. I was late to discover James Rubart but am so happy I did. You will love and be challenged by his books. Both my husband and I rate Rooms: A Novel Five Stars!

    James Rubart is the author of seven novels, which have won the Christy, the INSPY, and the Romantic Times Book Reviews awards. He is also a professional speaker and consultant helping others perfect the business of speaking and writing and publishing. He and his wife live just outside Seattle, Washington. Find out more at Jameslrubart.com.
  3. Greensboro, GA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Rooms is a really good read
    September 28, 2015
    RED Buddy
    Greensboro, GA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Rooms is a well written Christian fiction novel. It is filled with suspends, appropriate romance, great visualization of the Northwest coast, and Christian values. The spiritual warfare is depicted as the unseen battle against the evil, after the style of C. S. Lewis. If you enjoyed the Shack. You will enjoy Rooms.
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    Rooms
    October 25, 2014
    bh
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Rooms.
    I found this book in the church library, loved it so much I bought my own copy. Suspense, romance, mystery and deep spiritual truths - it's all there. I love the spiritual warfare aspect. Really made me think about all that's going on around me that I don't see. So thankful God is on my side!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Couldn't put it down
    October 2, 2014
    Lovedit
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    At first I was confused but as I continued reading it all came together. This is a great parable. It really made me think about the obstacles I allow in my life. I would love to be able to go into the rooms of my life.
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