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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
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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.