The Chair    -     By: James L. Rubart
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B&H Books / 2011 / Paperback

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If someone gave you a chair and said it was made by Jesus Christ, would you believe them?
When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe's antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was crafted by Jesus, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed two days after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts wondering . . . could this chair heal the person whose life Corin destroyed twelve years ago?

As word spreads of the boy's healing, a mega-church pastor is determined to manipulate Corin into turning over the chair. And that mysterious woman who gave him the piece flits in and out of his life like a shadow, insinuating it's Corin's destiny to guard the chair above everything else. But why?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.98 (inches)
ISBN: 1433671522
ISBN-13: 9781433671524
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If someone gave you a chair and said it was made by Jesus Christ, would you believe them? 

When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe's antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was crafted by Jesus, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed two days after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts wondering . . . could this chair heal the person whose life Corin destroyed twelve years ago? 

As word spreads of the boy's healing, a mega-church pastor is determined to manipulate Corin into turning over the chair. And that mysterious woman who gave him the piece flits in and out of his life like a shadow, insinuating it's Corin’s destiny to guard the chair above everything else. But why? 

Desperate, he turns to the one person he can trust, a college history professor who knows more about the legend of the chair than he'll reveal. Corin's life shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it. What’s more, he's not the only one willing do almost anything to possess the power seemingly connected to the chair.

Acclaim for The Chair:

"James Rubart is one of my new favorite authors. The Chair has the same depth and creativity as Rooms, and it was impossible for me to think of anything else until I finished it. I can't wait for his next book!"

--Terri Blackstock, author of Intervention and Vicious Cycle

"The Chair is a compelling story that will draw the reader's attention immediately and hold onto it until the end. I've enjoyed all of James L. Rubart's books, but this may be my favorite."

--Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of the Striking a Match series

"My kind of story: Thought provoking, filled with the truth of humanity and the compassion of Christ."

--Bill Myers, best-selling author of Eli

"Romance, danger, mystery, betrayal . . . and most of all, a message of healing and restoration. Taking readers far beneath the surface, Rubart masterfully paints a picture of God's depth of love and longing for relationship with even those who are running away from Him as fast as they can. A tale of unimaginable sacrifice and unconditional love that will tug at your heart long after you've completed the last page."

--Kathi Macias, award-winning author of Deliver Me from Evil

"Rubart has a stellar ability to communicate spiritual truth through a highly original, well-told story. Relatable characters and a fast-paced plot provide all of the key elements for a compulsively readable tale."

--Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars out of 5)

"The message in the story is very powerful . . . the ending brought a huge smile to my face."

-- Kissed by Literature

"If you're not carrying all three of (James Rubart's) titles, you don't really have a fiction section."

--Christian Book Shop Talk

Author Bio

James L. Rubart is a professional marketer, speaker, and writer. He serves on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and lives with his wife and sons in Washington State.

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  1. samcivy
    Eugene, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    True or Not This Tale Could Change Your Life
    August 31, 2012
    samcivy
    Eugene, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Chair: A Novel - eBook.
    The Chair, a novel

    James L. Rubart ©2011

    B & H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN

    ISBN 978-1-4336-7152-4

    Ppbk 382 pp. plus discussion questions

    Jesus as a carpenter on earth would have done outstanding work, since that's how God always functions. So it's logical a chair Jesus made might still exist. That's an initial premise in this ‘difficult to put down' book.

    But Corin Roscoe doesn't believe in Jesus, the chair or the mysterious woman who gave him the ancient piece of furniture.

    Then a young boy who sits in the chair is healed of severe asthma. The healing becomes known and others want the chair, some for good and some for devious reasons. Corin begins to wonder what the chair might do for him---and a paraplegic twin brother. IF he can keep it hidden from the wrong people. And if the chair really does heal. And if he isn't killed by desperate and supposedly helpful people.

    The twists and surprises in this tale prove Rubart's skill as a writer of unusual stories that can impact readers in life-changing ways.
  2. Becky
    Pacific North West
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very thought provoking, lots of truth
    June 29, 2012
    Becky
    Pacific North West
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have read all three of James Rubart's books...all were very different in content and exceptionally unique. I hope he continues to write...I will plan to read every one.
  3. Jo Huddleston
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Winner for Rubart
    June 7, 2012
    Jo Huddleston
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Corin runs an antique store. When an elderly lady he doesn't know brings him a chair and says it was made by Jesus Christ, Corin really doesn't believe her. She tells him he must always keep the chair and guard it by all means. When a boy sits in the chair and is cured of his asthma Corin wonders if the chair was truly made by Jesus. As the word spreads about the chair, Corin faces the temptation of wealth to sell it. Rubart is a great storyteller who weaves within this book mystery, romance, danger, betrayal, forgiveness, and family loyalty. If you haven't read one of Rubart's books, what are you waiting for?
  4. Ditto
    Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fast read, interesting character development
    May 11, 2012
    Ditto
    Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Love this author's ability to deal with every day human flaws such as unforgiveness, reconciliation, greed, pride and always bring it back to the only One who can redeem us and make us whole, Jesus Christ.

    So refreshing to be able to pick up a book that has plenty of action and drama without indecent language, gore, etc.
  5. luv2readjen
    Lisle, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Redemption, Reconciliation, Restoration
    March 24, 2012
    luv2readjen
    Lisle, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Chair: A Novel - eBook.
    I enjoyed The Chair. I was a smidgen skeptical at first, because when an author writes a story about an object that is imbued with power, there is a strong possibility that the theology of such a book is not going to be all that accurate. In this story, however, the theology starts out seeming a little sketchy, but in the end, it pulls together in a way that is both refreshing and interesting. Any book that has intrigue and conspiracy theories to rival The DaVinci Code without losing sight of the Truth is worthy of a recommendation, from my perspective. And so it is with The Chair.

    An antiquities dealer who is also an adrenaline junkie is given a gift - an antique chair. As he learns more about this unexpected item, he is uncertain as to what should be done with it. He begins to consider the ways in which the chair might help him in many ways, but in the end the ways the chair actually helps him are unexpected and wondrous.

    This story is about redemption, reconciliation, and restoration. The story of the two brothers in the story is at times sad and tragic, and it is a reminder that what seems irrevocable on earth is often the most fragile. There are relationship dimensions throughout the story that weave together in a way that demonstrate the true ways in which people can hurt or help each other on a daily basis.

    In the end, The Chair is a book that shows that Jesus is more than what we expect, and that through Him, we are able to be changed in ways we never thought possible. I will reiterate - I enjoyed The Chair, and I was pleasantly surprised by its message and its story.

    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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