- Paperback: 388 pages
- Publisher: B&H Books (September 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433671522
- ISBN-13: 978-1433671524
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 210 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Chair: A Novel Paperback – September 15, 2011
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From the Back Cover
When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe’s antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was built by Christ he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts to wonder: Could this chair heal the person whose life I 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. But the mysterious woman who gave him the piece insinuates it is 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 reveals.
Searching for truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it, Corin soon realizes he isn’t the only one willing to do almost anything to possess the power that seems to surround to the chair.
“The Chair is a compelling story . . . 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 and The God Hater
James L. Rubart is a professional marketer, speaker, and writer. He lives with his wife and sons in Washington State.
About the Author
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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As I think of this book, I find myself picturing Jesus as he grew older, knowing what was coming in His life, realizing that, with His carpenter skills, He could leave a part of Him to actually live on after the Crucifixion. He would be leaving his Holy Spirit, but something tangible might be actually used to perform miracles in His absence... He built The Chair...
And when the chair was discovered, it was secretly taken into a woman's hands who would guard and protect it and allow it to be used by those in need, as guided by our Lord...The Chair was then handed down from mother to daughter through hundreds and thousands of years until it was brought into an antique store, owned by Corin Roscoe.
Corin...and readers...will wonder why The Chair was given to Corin. He was not a devoted believer nor, even after he'd begun to guess who built the chair, was he anxious to keep it...except, he did have one major issue as well as his own needs that could certainly benefit from healing. It is not my intent to share much about the story; readers need to experience it as it evolves and I don't want to take that away... I will say that Corin had a unique and unusual story in his life that won't match many of what we may have experienced...
The key issue, for me, was to learn about events in his life and consider how I would have responded to a similar situation... Then, too, there are principles of trust, judging others, and being forced to deal with the actions of others when they do not support our own will or desires, Rubart brilliantly turns a flip-flop on our own emotional responses and forces us to realize facts that are surprisingly different when faced with the reality of what actually happens...
In today's world, The Chair, perhaps is even more important for us to read. We are being tossed and turned, not able to believe or trust was is being said even from our leaders. Certainly it is a time when we must realize that emotional responses from within us can be found to be wrong...and that, we must move away from our emotions, old friendships even, or from whom we may think are men of God (or not) and open our eyes to consider how each may really be...
As a straight fictional story, it is a wonderful story with several surprise endings that keep you in suspense until the very end... I enjoyed more, for myself, the lessons to be learned--the realization that over and over, what we each may want is not in sync with God's guidance for our life. Rubart forces us to face reality and learn to trust, first, in Jesus... Even in the presence of The Chair...
All those questions come up. The implication is that The Chair was hand made by Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Could that be true? Could a chair that the carpenter of Nazareth built 2000 years before still be around and in this good of condition? Further, if it is The Chair of The Son of God then it must have some power with it that can be used to heal people of their hurts and pains.
I must admit that I was a bit leery of the book in regards to how Theology was going to play out. I'm fairly conservative and don't take a lot of stock in the healing power of things that people feel they have seen the face of Christ in. Don't get me wrong I believe that Christ did heal people, that his disciples healed people and that even today people can be healed, but through a chair?
I don't want to say much else because any little bit of writing would start to give away the premise and outcome of the book. Let me just say, I got hooked from the opening until the end. I couldn't put the book down. I wanted to know how it was going to end, I wanted to know what was going to be The Power of The Chair.
I wasn't disappointed. The book will deal with the issues of bitterness, anger, broken relationships, belief in God as well as betrayal, death and lost love. All subjects are handled well. The book ties everything together in a great way. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. There are great life lessons to be learned through this book.
Oh yeah, it has the full compliment of hero's, villains, people you love, people you hate and even people you grow to appreciate even though you might not fully like them. In other words, this novel is true to real life and real life issues.