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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.)
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About the Author

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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; 1St Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805448888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805448887
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (637 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, THE CHAIR, SOUL'S GATE, and MEMORY'S DOOR. He's also a professional speaker and owner of Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm.

In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn't sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he's young enough to water ski like a madman. More at and on Facebook:

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184 of 204 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Moirai on April 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
At twenty-five years old, Micah Taylor has it all: millions of dollars, amazing Seattle penthouse apartment, his own software company and more. Or does he?

Micah receives a mysterious letter from his great-uncle stating that he is now the proud owner of a brand-new 9000 square-foot home on the Oregon coast. It's mysterious, because his great-uncle has been dead for years, and this home is brand new.

The thought of traveling to Cannon Beach dredges up terrible memories for Micah. However, curiosity piqued, he travels to Cannon Beach where he finds that there is more to this house than meets the eye. Somehow, new rooms keep appearing in the house - rooms that are very personal.

Between the enigmatic house, his new friend Rick, and potential love interest Sarah, Micah finds himself spending nearly every weekend at Cannon Beach. Slowly, his life begins to change, and only he can decide what is most important to him - Seattle, or Sarah?

Okay, so I know it's cliché to say that I couldn't put the book down, but I literally couldn't. I read the whole thing straight through, pausing only to wipe the tears from my eyes to continue reading. It also has me using the clichéd hyphenated phrases like starry-eyed, heart-wrenching, and soul-searching.

Rooms is really about what's inside us. It's about how sometimes when it looks like you have it all, you may not have it all together inside, and that's where it counts. It's about dealing with tragedy, then coping when the tragedy becomes too much. It's also about questions, and questioning ourselves. The biggest question of all is how to deal with life. Rubart's answer is simple - turn to God.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John-boy NW Ark on April 22, 2010
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I picked this book up on Kindle for free and once I started I couldn't put it down.

It was an amazing and insightful book outlining one man's struggle to find what world he belongs in. Exceptionally inspiring with just the right amount of action, suspense, romance and Truth. Definitely challenges the reader to examine which world they are living in, whose voice is guiding your actions, and the very real consequences each has.

I still can't believe it was free--there is no reason not to pick this up.

I can't wait to read more from this author!
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59 of 67 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 19, 2010
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This could be a challenging book review to write. I loved this book - really loved it, but it is the type of book that I can't tell too much about or I could give too much away, but here goes....

As the book description says, the main character, Micah Taylor, is given a house on the beach. The more time he spends there, the more bizarre things happen to him. It turns out that the house's weird rooms are "rooms" in his heart.

I liked and enjoyed the main character. I found myself identifying with him and his struggles, defeats, and victories. At times, I found myself misty-eyed, other times smiling. The plot was awesome. The author has to be really talented and also guided by God to write this type of book. It could have been a weird book, but he does an excellent job of showing the battles in a man's soul by using rooms in a house, and instead of the book coming off as weird or bizarre, it comes off as inspiring, challenging, and even convicting.

The book came in the mail today, and I decided to start reading it after supper. Well, even though it wasn't a suspense book, it was one of those "read-in-one-sitting" books I mention occasionally, and suspenseful in the way that it was a definite page-turner. I was quickly drawn into the story, and was eager to see where the story would go, and I was not disappointed.

On the cover of the book, is an endorsement: "An extraordinary read. Part The Shack, part C.S. Lewis. I thoroughly hated The Shack and consider it heretical, but this book has some similarities, but it is so much better. There are no weird depictions of the Trinity in this book or other heresies. This is one of those Christian fiction books that will really make you think, and I often recommend books I review, but I very highly recommend this.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By D. Budavich on April 27, 2010
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I understand this is fiction - and I understand the comparisons to The Shack.

Something just didn't quite sit right with me in reading this book. I enjoy good reading, and as a Christian, I don't label "good reading" as works by Christian authors alone.

The theology seemed to be a bit off the mark, but I don't know where to begin pin-pointing the exact mark to give specific reference as to what or how. It was an interesting read, even though (at least the free Kindle version) there were way too many grammatical errors and typos.

Micah's journey just didn't seem genuine. So much of what he went through and where he should go had such easy answers that were more drawn out than needed. A lot of the novel appeared too obvious, but it still encouraged enough emotional involvement that I wanted to cheer for Micah to make the "right" decisions.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dineen A. Miller on March 15, 2010
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Rooms is an outstanding story in depth and philosophy. I love how the author uses a house as a metaphor for the soul. Each room held such powerful revelations and thought provoking situations, which made me WANT to reflect upon the rooms of my own soul. This book is not just entertaining, but challenging as well. You can't walk away from Micah's house without clearly taking a look within to see which rooms need dusting, consideration, or even reinventing. A powerful book!
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