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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 14 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Oasis Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: July 27, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008PWROQI
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The book is interesting and pretty well paced. Rubart does a great job of drawing you in and making you care about Corin very early on. And despite that fact that much of the plot and events are predictable, I never got bored of the book. There are moments where Corin is a little too dense for my tastes and other times where the plot takes turns that are much too convenient, but the heart of the story is relatable enough that those flaws can be overlooked. The ending (while again is convenient) is satisfying. Overall I enjoyed the book a lot and even though it has some flaws, I’d still recommend it to others.
This being my second book into the James L Rubart library, I can definitely say that I have enjoyed both of the first two books enough that I’ll read through the rest of his catalogue soon.
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...
I'll be reading more of James Rubart. His talent is much needed in the Kingdom of God. Truth through story is a powerful weapon greatly needed today.
1 Star = Pathetic
2 Stars = Fair
3 Stars = Good
4 Stars = Excellent
5 Stars = Life changing
For those who give me a negative vote on my review please comment and let me know why. I'd like to improve my reviews so they can be helpful to those who read them. Please understand I choose not to give a synopsis of the book because it's already given at the top of the home page. I find in doing so too many reviewers give away too much of the plot. Thank you.