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Book Review: “Rooms” by James L. Rubart

14 Oct

On a rainy spring day in Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic, twenty-five-year-old letter from a great-uncle he never knew. It claims a home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside out.
Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a stunning brand new nine-thousand square foot house. And after meeting Sarah Sabin at a nearby ice cream shop, he has two reasons to visit the beach every weekend.
When bizarre things start happening in the rooms of the home, Micah suspects they have some connection to his enigmatic new friend, Rick, the town mechanic. But Rick will only say the house is spiritual. This unnerves Micah because his faith slipped away like the tide years ago, and he wants to keep it that way.
But as he slowly discovers, the home isn’t just spiritual, it’s a physical manifestation of his soul, which God uses to heal Micah’s darkest wounds and lead him into an astonishing new destiny.
(Excerpt taken from http://www.jimrubart.com/writing.html)

I have to say that I absolutely loved this book! I love a book that shows you in literal terms how much God loves you and the war between good and evil. Frank Peretti did this with the books, “This Present Darkness” and “Piercing the Darkness”. So many others have followed this path as well. I mean let’s face it, we are visual people, so if you can draw a good mental image of what exactly you are talking about, then you’ve done your job as a writer and you have furthered the Kingdom of Heaven.

Possible Spoiler Alert!

Rooms depicts Micah going on a physical spiritual journey through this house where random rooms appear at different times to push him to where he needs to be. Guided by letters from his Uncle Archie, Micah begins to see that he needs to get back to God. But as he begins a new life in Cannon Beach and begins to go back to where God wants him, pieces of his life in Seattle begin to disappear. The Scripture from Revelation 3:15 – 16, “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”, to illustrate why things in one world fall away when the other world is furthered in some way. For example, when Micah begins to stay in Cannon Beach more and more, his business partner in Seattle is no longer his business partner, in fact, she doesn’t even know who he is. When he stays in Cannon Beach for several weeks without calling anyone in Seattle, he finds that he is no longer the owner and CEO of the company, instead he is just a simple worker. But the final test comes when one of the rooms talks Micah into believing that he can have a life in both world and that he needs to go back to Seattle to claim his life there before it all disappears. When Micah returns to Seattle, he finds that he is back in the company as the owner and CEO and that he is back to where he was before. But as soon as he leaves Cannon Beach, Micah feels a sense that he has lost something in Cannon Beach and he immediately feels like God has disappeared as well. After a short time of trying to make his life in Seattle feel as satisfying as it did before and still have his girlfriend and life in Cannon Beach, Micah quickly realizes that he needs to go back. When he returns to Cannon Beach, he finds that his girlfriend no longer knows that they were dating for months on end and life is not quite the same. Sensing some urgency in this changed life in Cannon Beach, Micah turns to the Lord and begins realizing that the voice in the room was a demon and that his best friend, Rick is an angel sent to lead him through this path. The final picture is of redemption and grace and mercy.

It’s a great read and I would most definitely recommend it to anyone!!

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Posted by on October 14, 2010 in Reviews

 

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