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Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.98 (inches)|
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"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
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 Micahs 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 Micahs 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 mans 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
MNoblesbenton arkansasAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5makes you think...August 20, 2013MNoblesbenton arkansasAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book makes you think. Whether you are a new Christian or have been for awhile, this book although fiction will truly make you think about your faith.
TweetGAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great read!June 6, 2012TweetGAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The story is great and the characters are wonderful! The rooms are rooms we all have in our heart and I believe if we let Jesus in those rooms we can be transformed.
Army MomAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5May 6, 2012Army MomAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is right up my ally. Suspense, creepy, with lots God and the way He might work mixed in. I really enjoyed this book temendously.
touchdownOHAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great findApril 22, 2012touchdownOHAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was just looking through fiction ebooks when I came upon this book. The publishers description made it sound very interesting to me. I started reading reviews and realized they were giving the whole story away so I quit reading them and just ordered the book. It was amazing. Nothing earthshattering but I couldn't put it down. I hope I'm not giving anything away but when he was talking to himself and tried to convince himself that he should walk away from God and go back to his billion dollar company, it really made me think. The voice that talks to us, we need to make sure we are listening very closely and be sure it is the voice of God. The author has great insight and imagination to come up with this book. Makes me wonder if were given the chance would we change some bad decisions we've made along the way. This was my first book by this author and then immediately bought "The Chair"
luv2readjenLisle, ILAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5I recommend this book...December 30, 2011luv2readjenLisle, ILAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Having it all is almost never what it sounds like. In this book, Micah Taylor, the main character comes to discover that what he has and what he really wants are two entirely different things. When he receives a house as his inheritance, he begins a journey that will change him and those around him in unexpected ways.
The book covers a lot of territory, in terms of time and faith, and it does it in a pretty compelling way. I would say that while I enjoyed the story for the most part, I was disappointed in the ending. There were no loose ends, really, it just felt abrupt. I liked the characters, and wanted to understand more about what happened next. Especially since there was a story line about Micah using his talents, but it never seemed that he used them in any particular way.
The book's premise is a good one, and the storytelling is solid. I liked the spiritual component as well - it definitely captured my attention, and set me to thinking about my own walk with Christ. Understanding how the Holy Spirit works in a Christian's life is never easy to portray, and I think James Rubart did an excellent job of putting that in a unique context that is fanciful but real enough to work.
Overall, the book is worth its price, and I would recommend it to someone who was looking for something to read, especially someone who I thought could benefit from some of the lessons and ideas in the story. I certainly gained something, and that is always worth the price of admission for me.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
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Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a follower of Jesus, husband, dad, author and marketing professional--in that order.
What was your motivation behind this project? It's been my deepest dream to be an author since I was in 7th grade. I've been writing fiction all my life but I was too scared to jump off the cliff (and show anyone my work) till 2003.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Freedom. Jesus came to heal the broken hearted and set the captives free. We all have broken hearts. We're all captive, but through Him we can find healing and freedom.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I discovered the story in ROOMS was my story. As I wrote it I found myself in tears, and at other times full of joy as I walked through deep issues in my own heart.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Everything. The Beatles once said they stole ideas from everyone. Me too. C.S. Lewis, movies, music, friends ... I "borrowed" idea from a hundred different sources to write ROOMS.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: We're all scared to step into our deepest dreams and desires. We all long to live our divine design God created in us. Don't let the fear stop you. As Annie Dillard says, "You have to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down." Jump.