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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This books is by far a better read than <em></em>The Shack<em></em>. I just recieved it and am utterly surprised that it is not already as well known. The message of freedom in Christ is a resounding theme on every page.
It exposes the biblical truth that the enemy truly seeks to steal, kill, and destroy and one way he does this is through deception and lies. More than once it is brought out by different characters that truth mixed with a lie is still a lie - my favorite was when Sarah told Micah that 99% truth and 1% lie is still a lie!
The book is intriquing and very difficult to put down. If I were not a home schooling mom of 4 I would have devoured the book in one day! I was in suspence the entire time: hoping Micah would make the right choices and wishing he would stop going into the one room he felt safest, but that I felt was the least safe (a place the enemy had come and made himself look so friendly just like the creature in the garden).
This book invites readers on a journey of self-discovery as they go on this same journey with young Micah Taylor. He is given the opportunity and choice to face past hurt, dissapointments, and pain to recieve healing. Moreso he is confronted with the choice of surrendering ALL his life to Christ or clinging on to some of it for himself. The reader is left on the edge of their seats as Micah discovers more and more about his hidden pain and the effect it has had on the choices he has made in life. He discovers how the lies of the enemy that he has believed have shaped his life with empty things.
Will he discover true freedom? Will he surrender all of his life to the Lord? Will he give up control and trust for the first time that God has a divine and perfect plan at work?
An excellent, easy read. This author is at the top of my favorite fiction authors and as of right now this has been my favorite fiction read of this year. I can't wait to read Book of Days by this same author and to be released in March 2011.
Thank you B&H for this review copy in exchange for an honest review.
I just finished reading rooms for the second time. After finishing the book the first time, just three months ago, I felt like I had just been to the best Christian Retreat ever and the whole weekend was just me, the characters of this fabulous book and my Jesus. What a glorious weekend. During the last few weeks when I thought about the book, I wondered if I had just been in a really good mood_.. but, after finishing it again, I feel exactly the same way. There is no doubt the writer has felt the touch of Jesus. He so wonderfully expresses the emotions and feelings of the characters as they experience God's forgiveness, healing and freedom. As a reader I totally can see what Micah sees and feel what Micah feels. The characters are real, honest and because of their encounters you feel and know the God of the universe is real, alive and living in each of us who have allowed Him to enter into our hearts. The Bible is my number one Book, but I believe God can use fiction to draw people closer to Him and this book has definitely done that for me. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.