Rooms    -     By: James L. Rubart
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Rooms

B&H Books / 2010 / Paperback

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When Micah Taylor's uncle leaves him a home on the Oregon coast, he suspects a prank---but the place is beautiful! However, bizarre things begin to happen, and Micah is told the house is "spiritual." What's that supposed to mean? Would God use a building to heal a man's darkest wounds? Includes discussion questions. 400 pages, softcover from B&H.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.98 (inches)
ISBN: 0805448889
ISBN-13: 9780805448887
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Publisher's Description

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 whose Jr2 Marketing company clientele has included ABC, AT&T/Cingular, and Clear Channel Radio. He is also a professional speaker, writes recurring columns for Christian Fiction Online Magazine and Christian Women Online, and is on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association. Jim and his wife and their two teenage sons live just outside 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. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Couldn't put it down
    October 2, 2014
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    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Rooms: A Novel - eBook.
    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.
  2. benton arkansas
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    makes you think...
    August 20, 2013
    MNobles
    benton arkansas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Rooms: A Novel - eBook.
    This 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.
  3. GA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read!
    June 6, 2012
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    GA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The 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.
  4. Age: 45-54
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    May 6, 2012
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This 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.
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    OH
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    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Rooms: A Novel - eBook.
    I 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"
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Author/Artist Review

Author: James L. Rubart
Located in: Woodinville, WA
Submitted: August 02, 2010

    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.

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