What a convicting message and a great story line. It is quite an accomplishment to write a story that is both entertaining and impactful. To me, this novel was much better and more readable than "The Shack". I take my hat off to James L. Rubart.
I wasn't too sure what to expect when I requested this book from Netgalley , a huge thanks by the way to Netgalley for providing me with a review copy - http://www.netgalley.com/ . I am now glad that I requested it . Rooms by James Rubart was such an amazing story that in parts are both believable and unbelievable and it goes to show that when God grants Miracles , they can be the impossible or at least fall into the impossible category, as the Bible verse goes "All things are possible , through Christ who strengthen me".
Rooms follows the story of successful businessman Mitch Taylor, who has it all and has just inherited a house -newly built just for him from his Uncle Archie who has been dead for 10 years. The house is a mansion of sorts and has a room for everything that has ever been important in Mitch's life, the house interior is designed to suit his tastes and if he could ever have had a dream house, then this is it. The downside though, is it situated at Cannons Beach. A place that Mitch once loved with all his heart until a tragedy happened there when he was 9 years old.
As the story goes on we read as Mitch was a strong christian and that no matter what he has been through and how far he slipped back on the burner -God has always played such an important role in his life and has cared for him , so much that Mitch starts to experience miracles after miracles occur and many of them seemingly impossible for the human mind to absorb. It leaves us wondering whether God is really playing with Mitch's mind or is he starting to show signs of craziness which his Uncle Archie was infamous for ?
Rooms is a novel that will be suited to all those who have ever travelled down a different path in their life, one they know they really shouldn't have gone down but instead they did and it proved to be good for them whether they became successful , rich and wealthy like Mitch. However , the path Mitch chose to enter was one without God and in Rooms we start to witness the real Mitch and what would of happened if he chose God those many moons ago but also a point that Rooms makes is that no matter what has happened , it is never too late to re-enter God's way and mark yourself a place in his Kingdom.
On Page 377 , there is a lovely short poem that sums up Rooms , that I thought I would share with all you readers out there :
Micah, the founder of RimSoft company receives a fully furnished 9,000 square foot home on Canyon Beach built for him by his uncle Archie. His only thought was to sell it and make a profit from the sale. Reluctantly he stays there and strange things start happening in the house. While in a romantic relationship with his business partner, Julie he meets Sarah who works at Osborn's icecream shop he visited in Canyon Beach. Sarah along with his best friend Rick offer advice and guidance to Micah. But Micah who is haunted by his childhood which comes alive in his dreams and memories in the house, finds that forgiveness seems impossible with so much past pain. A story of good versus evil and how one man's heart can be tranformed by Jesus. A truly engaging and compelling novel and unlike any other book I have ever read. A very creative novel that flows well complete with lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. A well done book that will not disappoint. Thanks to B & H Publishing Group for providing this ARC copy for me for my review.
The author used a very interesting and creative way of depicting the Christian's struggle between the world and the abundant life Christ offers us while still delivering good fictional entertainment. The character development was superb--especially Micah's character. Best of all I found nothing contrary to what the Word teaches us about "listening to God" or God's character. It really helped impress the importance of knowing the Word in order to be able to discern God's voice and to not be deceived by the voice of the evil one as we journey through a world "that is not our own." Scripture was expertly woven in without being overly preachy or distracting to the story. This was a very good biblically-based work of ficture.
Micah Taylor has everything. he is the President of a successful Seattle-based software company, has a penthouse condo and owns stocks worth millions of dollars. he lives a life only a few could ever hope to achieve or experience. one day, he receives a 25 year old letter from an uncle he never knew. it says that he has inherited a 9,000 square foot house on the Oregon Coast. driven with curiosity as much as skepticism, he goes to Cannon Beach to find out the truth. in no time, his life - his perfect life - or so he thought begins to change in ways he never thought possible.
reading this book was such a coincidence or should i say a God-incidence. as a Catholic, i had no difficulty understanding and embracing the themes of sacrifice, redemption and salvation in the story. nor was it hard for me to relate with what Micah had to go through.
for the past couple of years, i have experienced so many losses in my professional and personal life. it is only lately that i can admit to myself and to the world that i am beginning to smile again. i have learned to accept with pain and difficulty that there are really things i cannot control and there are those that i can. i still feel pain occasionally but i have learned to manage my emotions well so far. perhaps the time for healing which has eluded me for quite some time has finally begun. now i am slowly reaping its bounty.
author James L. Rubart explores in this book how our choices affect everything in our lives. he also reminds the reader that all is not lost. as long as one breathes, there is hope because God is always in control and that nothing is impossible with Him.
Rooms contains spiritual and supernatural elements geared towards Christian readers but i believe its message is for everyone. one has only to read it with an open mind and heart.
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