The Chair: A Novel

By James L. Rubart

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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
emily b
Wonderful book. Good story, makes you almost believe it is true, not a fiction.
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hannah c
I like reading but it's really hard for me to get into books. I usually start books but never finish them. The Chair got my attention from the very beginning and kept it all the way until the end. It didn't exactly end how I wanted it to, but I would recommend it to other people. It was a good read.
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This book was given as a gift that I assume was well received. This author keeps you very very interested.
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Great story with a really important lesson
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Miracles happen every day, we just don't know (or appreciate) them when they do. We are too busy looking for a logical explanation that we don't accept God's hand in our daily lives.
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Excellent book!! I enjoyed it immensely!!
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The Chair was better than average and certainly well written. It was a bit predictable, however, which was why I gave it 4 stars.
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This is in keeping with the writings of James Rubart. However, one character in the book just made no sense to me. It is worth the read.
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So well written! Keeps your attention!
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ami wight graham
This book is very inspiring. It gives "hope" a new meaning and teaches the true importance of life in a kind, heart warming...Reality check. If it doesn't change your attitude/outlook on life in a positive manner, I would be greatly SHOCKED! Easy read that you just don't want to put down once you start!!
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kayla logan
excellent mystery,
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ethan nosowsky
Good Christian understanding of forgiveness and the freedom it brings in an exciting concept.
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brooke romney
great story,
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This is another great read by James Rubart and I highly recommend this book to just about anyone who enjoys inspirational books!
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This was the book that introduced me to James Rubart and I went out and read the other four he's written and can't wait until the third of his trilogy comes out.
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zainab shibly
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charles featherstone
This is excellent. Lots of twists and turns in the plot.
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greg musso
It is diferent from what you would think, but very interesting. Keeps you wondering all way through it. I liked it.
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sheryll tesch
Best-selling author, James Rubart, has done it again! The Chair captures a compelling story of choices, trust and ultimately freedom in Christ. You won't regret this read!
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akiko takeyama
Amazing! Life is too short and too hard to hold anger. Our relation with God and mankind is very precious. Both should be held gently and lovingly.
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A compelling story with a wonderful theme of restoration. I would recommend this especially to someone who has experienced a separation of someone dear to them.
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This is a great read. It is comparable to Book of Days by James L. Rupart. It is very intriguing and holds my interest.
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Love the book and Rubart as a writer. I read The Room and loved it too.
Great Christian fiction..not boring!
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shahriar karim
The story brought out a wonderful truth of faith & belief in miracles & Jesus. I do recommend this book.
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maria marmanides
Excellent, and thought provoking. I couldn't wait to turn the page, to see what would happen next. I especially loved the main character's journey to healing and redemption.
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I found the possibility of "things" healing us to be interesting but the surprise of restoration was even better. A great read!
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krystyna salvetta
I really enjoyed this book. Since I read it, I have recommended it to several people and they also enjoyed it .
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anna manning
I can't put it down. I go home and pick it up right away. Love the book. I will be getting more from this author
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jessica kowalewski
This book is well written with a great message. I would recommend this to anyone dealing with the struggles of daily life.
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sarah thorson
I was looking for a good book with inspiration, hope and overcoming obstacles. This is a good story. I highly recommend it.
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amy brockway
I am new to this author and every one of his books are so amazing I can't put them down! I hate for them to end-I want more, I want more!
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caitlin baker
My son enjoyed this book a lot and has shared it with some of his friends. I am waiting for him to let me read it.
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rachel zaugg
our book club read The Chair and I personally enjoyed the suspense and the
final outcome- forgiveness! I recommend the book!
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lisa swanton
James Rubart is a great Christian author and I always look forward to each one of his books. My favorite has to be the one called Rooms.
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julie cochran
Nice positive novel
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aditi mittal
Totally made me look at my Christian beliefs in a stronger way!
Easy to read and kept me interested all the way.
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I loved this book. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to deepen their faith. This book will make you think about your faith.
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Such a fantastic book dealing with historical and ancient facts. A blessing to all who reads it. Enjoy every one.
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joy benenson
A good read
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jeremy rice
Good reading.
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This book was good, but not really what I expected. I did pass it on to others to read, but it's not a book I will keep.
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deborah short
The book did not capture my attention. It was short but very predictable. The characters were not interesting. I wanted to read more bible scriptures.
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The book was rather repititious and it took too long to find out who Nicole was. What he does to the chair was stupid, too. I wouldn't think any antique seller would ever do that to a piece of furniture as old as it was. And I did not really like the way the book ended. His girlfriend was
also a needless character in the book, too. She really didn't serve much purpose at all. It was an ok read and a novel idea, just could have
had more umph to it I guess for me.
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Not a good book, the story didn't make any sense.
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The message of the book is true and is an important issue in today's world. Occasionally the story drags due to the main character's self analysis. I am glad I purchased this book.
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It was hard for me to put this book down when I set a time limit on my reading. It was very good and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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hester rathbone
I did not like it. The words The Chair are on every page , I just couldn't get into it
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I had a hard time reading it, yet couldn't put it down. It felt sad to me. Yes there were threads of hope, but it was odd. And a hard read.
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deepswamp nicklasson
"Do religious artifacts have supernatural power?" "how do you really get over guilt and regret?" and "What lengths would you go to in order to get what you want?" Best-selling author (of Rooms: A Novel) James Rubart [...] plays with these and other interesting questions in many ways in his new book.
An ancient chair, crafted by the "most talented tekton craftsman the world has ever known" ends up in Corin Roscoe's antique shop. The chair apparently has healing power--though a power that can't be manipulated or controlled. But many people exert their own power to try to obtain the chair, believing it was actually made by Jesus. So in a way, people's obsession with the chair is evidence of the chair's power.
This artfully woven story includes not just the mystery of the chair, but explores themes like relationships, forgiveness, healing and faith. One thing I appreciated is that although the book is Christian, it isn't overly simplistic. There's a Christian character who's a hypocrite (but wrestles with what he sees himself becoming), and someone who doesn't believe in Christianity that is very likable but has obviously been burned and doesn't want to open her heart. Some of the characters are changed as they grow spiritually, others look at faith and walk away. I love that! It's not all neat and tidy--much more like real life. The author shows people's process and doesn't try to preach, and I was really grateful for that! I highly recommend this book.
The Chair: A Novel
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I had a mixed relationship with Rubart's debut novel, Rooms. Excellent premise, decent execution, average overall. I was interested to see how Rubart grew as a novelist in this sophomore attempt and was unfortunately disappointed. Rubart reuses a number of elements from his previous book, borrows plot twists liberally from a well-known book about mysterious religious artifacts, and crafts a number of implausible scenarios.

Corin Roscoe is the struggling owner of an antiques shop who comes into possession of a mysterious chair whose previous owner implies it was made by Jesus. Corin dismisses the woman, intending to sell the chair for what it is--an antique chair--but soon discovers it is much more than that. After The Chair heals a little boy of his asthma, Corin begins to wonder about the true nature of the chair. At the same time, news of the chair is spreading and certain individuals are insistent upon possessing the chair for their own purposes. In the end, The Chair forces Corin to face his past and seek redemption, proving that it can heal more than just physical ailments.

The premise itself is plausibly good, as is the character and back story of Corin Roscoe. But that's about all the good that could be said about it.

First, Rubart reuses a number of elements from his previous book. In fact, both books could be loosely described as: "Man with troubled familial relationships inherits something from a mysterious relative that forces him to assess his life, come to Jesus, and restore broken relationships."

In Rooms, Micah has a strained relationship with his father, who blames him for his mother's drowning death. In The Chair, Corin has a strained relationship with his brother, who blames him for the spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic. In Rooms, Micah inherits a house left to him by his great-uncle. In The Chair, Corin is given the chair by a lady who turns out to be his great-aunt. In Rooms, the house ultimately leads Micah to a decision to follow Jesus, which somehow makes his father want to restore their relationship. In The Chair, the chair ultimately leads Corin to a decision to follow Jesus, which somehow makes his brother want to restore their relationship. In Rooms, Micah has a fear of water due to his mom drowning. In The Chair, Corin has a fear of water due to almost drowning. It was cliché in Rooms, and repeating the same elements with different characters in The Chair was a major letdown.

Furthermore, Rubart borrows a major plot twist from Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code. To any unfamiliar with the plot, in the attempt to solve a murder that includes a clue relating to the Holy Grail, Robert Langdon turns to his friend Sir Leigh Teabing, who is later discovered to be one of the book's villains. Rubart repeats this same sequence in The Chair, when Corin asks the advice of Tesser, a former professor who coincidentally is an expert in the legend of the Jesus Chair. Predictably, Tesser turns out to be the book's primary villain. Unfortunately for Rubart, the old-trusted-professor-is-actually-the-villain twist was predictable in Da Vinci Code and even more predictable here.

Then, there are the side plots that are simply not well written. First, in the scene where the little boy is cured of his asthma--something not noticed until later--there is a news article about the miraculous healing but they mother and son are never seen or talked about again. Corin made the immediate assumption that the chair healed the boy, and, as the chair is recorded numerous times to give off a feeling of an electrical current, it's implausible that neither the boy nor his mom would have noticed.

Not only did Corin made this immediate assumption, but a secondary character--a Mark Driscoll parody of a megachurch pastor who wants the chair--also sees the online news story about the boy and comes to the same conclusion. The pastor, Mark (no, seriously?), is shown only to be a jerk who wants the chair in order to cure him of his addiction to pornography, which is defined, in the book, as looking at the SI swimsuit issue online. Now, while I agree with Rubart's intention to show that even something so soft-core is sinful, in the book it comes across as a laughable parody. Everything about the character and his storyline is shallow and hollow, from the first time we see him to the end when he realizes that healing is in Jesus all along.

Finally, the conclusion of the book wraps up so neatly. Pastor Mark learns that healing comes through Jesus--though what that means is never explained, and Mark is insistent that he does not plan on telling his church or leadership team of his sin. Shouldn't that be part of what the church does? Rubart misses out on that lesson. Corin's brother is able to accept and forgive him. The debt on the antiques store is paid. The theme of the book is restoration, something Rubart notes in the afterword. But rather than allow that theme to play out naturally in the book, Rubart shoves it down the reader's throats in the finale. Just like Rooms, The Chair fell victim to a coming-to-Jesus-fixes-all-the-problems message.

So to conclude, I've been rather harsh on Rubart, something I wasn't sure I wanted to do at the outset of this review. I could easily have just said "I didn't like it" and moved on. But with so many people praising Rubart, I wanted to provide a rationale for what I didn't like. You're free to disagree with me in the comments below and you may be able to convince me to change my opinion. But until that happens, I won't be reading any more of Rubart's work. My advice is to avoid this one.
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Could a chair that was made by Christ last 2000 years? When Nicole drops off a wooden chair to Corin's antique shop, Corin figures that this chair will bring him a great deal of money. It is beautifully crafted and there are people interested in buying it. Corin has this nagging feeling that he should keep the chair. People start asking questions about the chair after a boy is healed when he sits in it. Corin is sceptic and asks his friend A.C. to sit in the chair. When A.C. is healed on a shoulder wound, Corin starts to have a hope in the chairs power, maybe is can heal Shasta, Corin's brother, that was paralyzed 10 years ago. But can he get is brother to sit in the chair, will it heal him like it did the others, can he keep it from those that want to take it?
This is a feel-good story, yet it leaves you wondering what you really need to be healed of.
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What does on do when an elderly woman brings in a chair made by "most talented tekton craftman the world has ever known"?

I was drawn to The Chair: A Novel by James L. Rubart because of his earlier work, Rooms. It too held my attention, but not to the extent that this current did.

The story that unfolded from that event in chapter one to the restoration of the chair and the restoration of the book's characters is a gripping novel that leaves the reader laughing and crying throughout the book. Life is not always what it seems - and we need to leave the hard stuff in God's hands.

We are in a position to mess up our lives - God is in the position to restore us, if we are willing. James L. Rubart delivers that truth well in his current offering, The Chair: A Novel.

This review is based upon a free, electronic copy provide by the publisher for the purpose of an unbiased review.
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I was really expecting ‘The Chair” to be among books like ‘The Room’ and I was throughly disappointed. I understand we have to have forgiveness and forgive others in our lives..but the end was so not expected and I thought ‘The Chair’ was going to be something fascinating, it wasn’t. To say I liked it would be a lie. I’m sorry but it was all over the place & I still don’t get it? I’m a Christian and I have an open mind, but what has forgiveness got to do with a “chair” that was supposed to be made by Jesus? I didn’t get it..
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kelly brinks
Another great book by James L. Rubart! The Chair was filled with mystery, so if you love a good mystery with unexpected twists, this book is for you! I really liked the main character and the journey he made through the story. As with the other two books I have read by this author, there is a mix of the supernatural and the things we understand as real on this earth. It all culminates at the end in a deeper understanding of the One who created us. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the violence that was a part of the book, but because the world we live in is a mix of good and evil, I understand why it is included. I enjoyed it!!!
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thomas w
The Book:
An old woman leaves a mysterious chair at Roscoe's antique shop. She gives the chair to Corin and tells him he’s the keeper of the chair. He thinks the woman is strange and doesn't think much about it, until something happens.

A Mom and her boy, who has asthma, enter his shop. The boy sits in the chair and is healed. On a news report the boy says he felt warm and peaceful after sitting on the chair. The chair has Corin’s attention.

The old woman finds him and she says the chair was made by Jesus. The mystery begins.
Strong forces learn of the chair and Corin must hide the chair and discover more of it. The chair changes his life in a way he didn’t expect.

My Thoughts
This book was suspenseful, full of mystery and a page turner. I read it quickly because I couldn’t put it down. It is a strange book with a weird plot and I loved it.

This book is about relationships. Corin had broken friendships. I can relate.

This is a book of discovery. It caused me to search my own life for deep meaning.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to jump out of the normal. Corin was anything but normal and he was a risk taker – a cliff jumper. It’s a great way to start the New Year.
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mary guarnieri
Quite an intriguing story with a powerful message. Don't we all wish at one time or another for some magical, mystical solution to all our problems and a healing of all that plagues us daily? What if a special chair did exist and all it took was a time of sitting quietly and relaxing as the chair took away all that was bothering us physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and relationally? I'm rather certain no such chair exists but there is a place within the spirit of each of us where we can meet God and receive His special touch as we surrender everything to Him. Read along to follow Corin's journey as he seeks to find answers about the chair and longs for the relationship with his brother to be restored. I recommend this book particularly to everyone who has every struggled with a broken relationship.
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jen gould
The Chair is the third book James L. Rubart has written and it's the third book of his that I've read and reviewed, and all I can say is Mr. Rubart is a born storyteller and has many stories to tell.
His books are not like your regular books. James L. Rubart puts really meaning and feeling in all of his books. I really enjoyed the story, but also the spiritual insight. He really makes you feel what the characters are feeling, whether it be hate, indifference, sorrow, fear or love, peace and forgiveness. You really get into James books and you will be reading them really fast.
Like in the novel The Chair God will let things happen to you to get you to come to Him. Through pain, fear or complete loneliness. Sometimes when we have nothing left that's when God can talk to us.
The Chair is so very interesting, and the characters are intriguing. The characters are very strong and well-developed.
I just enjoyed The Chair so very much and highly recommend it to you.

Personal Note: If anyone has the paperback copy of James L. Rubart's first book Rooms, I would love to swap books with you. I have Rooms in ebook form, but want it for my bookshelf. If anyone is interested send me an email at wandaelaine at gmail dot com and I will send you the list of books I have. Thanks everyone!

Thank you to the author for providing this book for review. 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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ashley t
I'm thankful to have received a review copy of a book that took me on an unexpected, suspenseful, and wild journey. James Rubart also did that in his book Rooms too. I see a pattern here! Grin! Loved it!

One day an old woman leaves a mysterious chair at Corin Roscoe's antique shop. She doesn't want to sell it but says this chair belongs to him and says he's now the keeper of the chair. She doesn't stay long. Says she'll be in touch with Corin. Corin thinks this woman is bizarre and doesn't think much about it, he's just glad the old gal was gone!

He soon forgets about the chair until his next customer enters with a boy who has bad asthma! He sits in this old chair while Corin helps his mom. The next day Corin catches the news and discovers the little boy's been healed and tells reporters it was after sitting a magical chair in the antique store! The boy says he felt warm and peaceful after sitting there a while! Next thing you know Dr's confirmed the little boy is healed. Corin starts to wonder about this chair and how to get a hold of the old lady- he had questions to ask her. He runs into the woman again and she says the chair was made by Jesus. Could it be possible? Did it really have the power to heal?

He found passages in the bible such as Matthew 14:35-36 and Mark 5:27-29 where objects were used to heal and a woman was healed by just touching Jesus's clothes. So maybe there was something to this "Healing Chair."

The old woman warns Corin to keep the location of the chair a secret to protect himself and the chair. The woman disappears leaving him with more questions than before. He shares his situation with his closest pal - who says, "I think it would be cool if you had a chair made by Jesus, you could start a cult. Pretend it gives people visions if they sit on it! Hey! Make them pay to sit on it to get their visions and make a few bucks by building duplicates, put them in stores and up on your website and sell `em!"

If his friend was acting like this what would happen if the world found out? It would be unimaginable to think about the ramifications! How does he validate if the chair is real and keep it quiet at the same time? How can he hide the chair during this process? If the chair was real then what? His life was complicated enough, he didn't need this!

I liked the suspenseful drama, action and the deep love relationships talked about in this novel. The author says, "...the greatest healing would never be physical, but a healing of the heart and our soul...the restoration of man's relationship to God and of our relationships with each other."

Jim also says in his note to readers! "All of us long to be restored physically, emotionally. But I believe the restoration we long for most is the healing of broken relationships!"

I loved this story of discovery and wonder as Corin tries to find out if the chair's made by Jesus and has healing powers. James L. Rubart talks about the important things in life, love, family and relationships. What would you be willing to do to protect them, love them, be restored to them? I highly recommend this book to everyone. It's a fun, fast-paced read that will make you think about love, life and your relationship with the master!! Doesn't get any better than that!

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shikha sethi
I was really impressed with this book. First of all, the idea behind the plot was a good, solid one for a story to be built around. I thought the author used the excellent plot as a base to build and even stronger, more solid story than I was expecting. Having never read anything else by this author, I was not familiar with his work. I am now a fan.

This book deals with spirituality in a way that does not feel overly preachy or demanding. The book, like the chair in the story, is something you are allowed to gradually appreciate. There is enough interesting things going on to keep the reader turning pages and wondering what will happen next. The novel has many different stories going on at the same time, but they are never confusing. The characters are easy to care about and as you follow the main character along on his journey from the beginning of the book to the end, you watch as he is transformed into someone you can fully appreciate.

At the end of the story, all of the different things happening in the book were tied up cleanly and I wasn't left with any questions I felt were unanswered. This book made me stop and think, and I appreciated that.

The author has crafted a story about, forgiveness, faith, love and relationships with one another and a higher power and done so in a way that kept me not only entertained, but impressed by the quality of his work.

I liked that the author gave his main character such a history. This made me feel like I knew the character on a more personal level and helped me relax into reading the book. Reading this was a fascinating experience. I will certainly look for more titles by this author and would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quality reading experience.

I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
bryanna bledsoe
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started 'The Chair' - because this is the first book that I've read by James L. Rubart - but I'm pleased to say that I really enjoyed it! It had suspense, drama, and a good story.

If you were given an ancient-looking chair and told Jesus Christ made it, would you believe it?

Corin Roscoe, the owner of an antiques store, is given a chair and told it was made by the most talented craftsman the world has ever known. He is then taken on an intense journey of grief, joy, sorrow, and restoration.

He lives with guilt over pain from the past, deals with claustrophobia, and is afraid of going in water because of something that happened when he was young.

I found many parts of 'The Chair' weird (which I think was the intent) and I felt as though I was reading a mystery. There was so much going on, but until the end you didn't know the full intent (and even now I'm still slightly confused). I feel there should have been at least one more chapter (or at least an epilogue) - the ending didn't feel like the end (if that makes sense).

I found the characters intriguing. People you thought were friends, were foes. And people you thought were against Corin, were actually for Corin.

'The Chair' puts a whole new light on James L. Rubart's books. I now plan to read other books by him in the future. I recommend this if you enjoy reading books that have a slightly weird plot, but are really interesting (kind of like Ted Dekker's books).

*Many thanks to B&H publishing and JKSCommunications for my review copy.*
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david ouillette
Very slow start for a five-star book, probably because I'm not a young man obsessed with extreme sports like the protagonist Corin Roscoe. But out of loyalty to James L. Rubart, whom I admire and whose first book, Rooms, was so smashingly brilliant, I forged ahead. Took me months to get to the place (maybe a third of the way in) where I couldn't put the book down. The rest I inhaled in a couple days and WHEW! So worth the effort.

What if you were given an ancient chair made by a first century carpenter--possibly Jesus Christ himself? This is a wonderful book of healing and restoration. Hang in there until the end. Who can you trust? The twists and turns will surprise you. Rubart's writing is fresh and very unpredictable. I will be chewing on the lessons from the chair for weeks to come.
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Corin Roscoe owns and antique store but is not selling anything, he need some customers when an elderly lady drives up with something in her truck covered up and wants to give it to Corin. He really didn't know how to take this as no one has ever just given him an antiques, so when he got it into his store and uncovered it, there was just a plain chair, what is going to do with another chair. But when he touches it something like an electric shock tingles his fingers, he had no idea what to think about this or was it his imagination. But the lady was determined that he was going to keep it, but she would not tell him who she was or why he should have the chair except that it was time to pass it down to him.

After a little boy sat in the chair and a few days later it was in the newspaper that something had happened the little boy no longer had asthma. When Corin got to thinking about this he wondered then how old the chair was. Jesus was a carpenter and could this have been a chair that he had made? With that he made sure the chair was locked up in a vault to be sure no one could get to it until he could research if there were healing powers from something religious.

A mega-church pastor read about the chair and he thinks this is one he has been trying to find for many years and how much he could his church to grow if he could get this chair. Strange things begin to happen and Colen had really bad dreams and his brother had been hurt and could really use the power of this chair if it really did heal.

I have read Book of Days written by this author and I really enjoyed it, and this was is just as good. James has a way with bringing the unthinkable to something that make you wonder could this really happen?

Thanks to B and H Publishing for sending me this Advanced Reader's copy of this book for me to review.
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emma bohrer
More than anything, Corin Roscoe wants to find a way to win back his brother's friendship. But Shasta blames Corin for destroying his life twelve years ago and doesn't want anything to do with him. Guilt-ridden, Corin continues to test fate and himself by pushing the limits of extreme sports.Then one day, an elderly woman walks into Corin's antique shop and gives him a chair that she claims was built by Christ. She explains that it's Corin's destiny to keep and protect the artifact. He doesn't believe her, but when a young boy sits in the chair and seems to be miraculously healed, Corin searches for the truth about the piece and its creator. If the chair healed the boy, it might help Shasta and provide atonement for Corin's mistake.

But Corin isn't the only one interested in the artifact. A mega-church pastor who has obsessed about finding the chair is determined to get his hands on it. There are others who also want to take possession. Corin doesn't know who to trust, and just when he begins to discover some answers, the chair creates bigger problems for him and those he loves.

I became a fan of James Rubart's work when I read his first novel ROOMS, so I was excited to read this latest release. What I like about the author's stories is that he uses people's interest in the supernatural to nudge them into thinking about spiritual matters. He takes everyday things in our lives--like a house or a chair--and makes us think "what if?"

While the author entertains us with twists and turns, he also encourages us to think about facing our fears--and restoration of broken relationships. I love it when a Christian novel spurs me to dig into my own spiritual life; this book accomplished that. THE CHAIR contains adventure, danger, mystery, and a strong spiritual theme. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sam blake
Suppose a chair has survived from the time of Christ-- not just any first century chair, but one Jesus crafted. And suppose this wooden chair transmits healing properties. If such an artifact were offered to you, would you believe it? Would you accept it? Because custodianship of that chair not only opens up the possibilities for helping with physical, emotional, and relationship needs, it also throws wide the door to danger. Others seek the power this supernatural object can bring, and they'll stop at nothing to acquire it.

James Rubart quickly caught me up in his premise of this ancient Christ chair and the guild of women who have guarded it through the centuries. I wanted to check online to see if such a thing could possibly exist, but since the book says it's entirely fiction, I resisted the temptation. The whole idea calls to mind tales of the knights templar and secret plots through the ages. Add an echo from the old Orson Welles movie The Stranger, which I recently watched free online, and you have another plot twist.

Rubart's masterful weaving of story, tension, intrigue, and surprise keeps one reading. The emotional level ratchets up as the end approaches. There's not a "happily ever after" simplicity, but a conclusion much more powerful than tidily tying up loose strings. I came away with a sense that even in the midst of awful events and painful personal circumstances one can maintain hope. Restoration can come, but it may be different than you imagined.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gayle bowman
Corin Roscoe never feels more alive than when he's cheating death. There are lots of ways to do this, such as waiting until the last possible instant to pull the ripcord on his parachute. Just so long as the thrill seeking doesn't take place near water, that is. That's where Corin draws the line. Right where his nightmares begin.

In his paying-the-bills life, Corin owns an antique shop in Colorado Springs where he restores collectibles. But nothing prepares him for the day an elderly woman brings him a simple chair-not to sell, but to keep. Somehow he can't turn her down and the chair sits in his shop until the day a small child suffering as asthmatic attack goes to sleep on it-and wakes up healed.

Corin is curious and begins to research the chair's origins. The more he finds out, the more intrigued he is. His friend sits in the chair and is healed of an old football injury. His girlfriend is unimpressed by his new obsession. The pastor of a mega-church in California contacts him, wanting to buy it. Thugs threaten him, and Corin puts the chair in a hidden vault. What will he do with it? Why was it entrusted to him?

Could the chair really have been made by Jesus of Nazareth and have the power to heal? If so, there's someone in particular that needs to sit within its arms. But does anyone need restoration more than Corin Roscoe?

The Chair is a contemporary speculative story with just enough suspense to keep the pages turning. Corin's life is far from perfect, which makes him very relatable. The author ties the inner journey tightly to the outer journey in this novel as he brings the tale to a thrilling and satisfying conclusion.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
michael ray
Although I found the book rather slow moving, the story was unique, and made me stop and think about what is important in life, and how much of our past pain and sorrows can be healed by "faith." The Chair is definitely a Christian based story surrounding a supposedly magical chair that Christ himself crafted which absorbed all of his emotions and powers to heal.

The author has a gift for writing in such a way that I found myself feeling like I was standing by watching the scenes unfold.

A woman suddenly appears in Corin's store with a chair that she says is meant for him, and the next few days will be filled with both good and bad events. She gives very little information about the chair other than to tell him it was made by a craftsman, and has unusual properties.

As news of the chair leaks out, people who have read a legend about such a chair existing that Christ himself built, begin to demand he relinquish the chair to them. The good and evil side of many people emerge, and Corin must determine what is important to him, and what he actually believes about himself and the chair.

I enjoyed the story, but found it slow moving at times, and didn't enjoy it nearly as much as "Room."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
bryan murray
My Review:
Awesome, Amazing, Outstanding! Those are the words I would choose to describe this book. THE CHAIR is one of those books that when you pick it up you just don't want to put down.

While reading this book by author James L. Rubart, I could so invision the characters, and the story line was so amazing that you want or wish you were there. I love antiques, and to have thought that an old chair could represent such as it does here in the pages of this story, well all I can say is WOW!

I would that everyone that I know would pick this Incredible book up and spread the word about Christ. I believe in healing, restoration, etc. so this book just heaps fire on fire for me.

Pick it up today and please let me know what you think.

So due to the above, I am giving this book a Breath of Life ratings of:

Five Clock Rating!!!

Disclosure: I did receive this book for my honest opinion and review. But these opinions are my own and yours may differ.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
juan pablo caro
Corin Roscoe, an antiques store owner, is a man fighting fears relatable to us all: ones with family, with friends, with God. His days are haunted with harsh realities and his nights by dreams of horrific incidents endured. He reaches many crossroads in this book: does he hang onto fear or face it? Hang onto guilt or seek forgiveness? Deny the truth or accept it? And when life offers him a choice between the easy road or the high road--when the easy road will spare him further struggles--which does he choose?

Life is tough, the conflicts are easily imagined as our own, and the choices we make either lead us into deeper trouble or shine a light on a path of redemption and restoration. The choice, as Corin learns, is ours to make. Over and again throughout our lives.

James Rubart plays fair with the reader, portrays a realistic view of anti-faith and expresses an intriguing, thought-provoking glimpse at God's mysterious ways of redemption. Sometimes a chair is not just a chair. Sometimes it's a path to discovery, forgiveness, healing, and restoration.

Gratitude to B & H for providing a copy of this novel.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This is the first of Rubart's three novels that I have had the pleasure of reading. I suppose the question would be, do I plan on reading his other novels now that I have experienced his writing? The answer is yes!
James is talented writer. His story had a unique plot, believable characters (to a point), and pretty good flow. There were parts that were predictable, but that's ok. What matters is I enjoyed reading about the chair made by Christ and the struggles of the man who owns it. If you're looking for a book with perfect Christians who have no flaws, don't read this one. If you're offended by books that portray preachers as flawed, don't read this book. If you don't like people to question God, don't read this book. The Chair runs parallel to life - things happen that cause us to question God, we don't always get what we think we want, there are consequences for all of our actions, people are not always what they appear, and regardless of all of this, God is still in charge.
I have to say that I received this copy as an advanced reader copy on my kindle. There were about half a dozen grammatical errors, but I'm sure those were resolved before the book went to print.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
What I loved about The Chair was the compelling question as to whether or not the chair held supernatural powers. There was excitement and intrigue as people sought the chair for personal gain. Along with this was the relationship Corin had with his brother. Told in flashbacks, Corin and his brother challenged each other to more and more daring feats with their final adventure ending in a devastating accident that left Corin guilt-ridden over his brother's severe injury.
Exciting and touching, I loved The Chair.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sam blake
Corin Roscoe is highly skeptical when a mysterious elderly woman enters his antique shop and insinuates that she's brought him a chair handcrafted by Jesus Christ. Although Corin laughs her off, he cannot deny the electricity that shoots through him when he sits in the chair. Then, days later, a young boy enters the shop and quickly recovers from an asthma attack when he sits in "the chair". Corin again dismisses it as a coincidence until the media breaks the story that this little boy has been healed.

While the chair seems to bring healing and blessings - it also brings curses in the form of greed and manipulation as word spreads and others want the chair. The most persistent of them all, is Mark Jefferies, a mega-church pastor out to make a bigger name for himself and his church. Things get chaotic and vicious, and some are even willing to kill for the chair. I have to be honest - the ending surprised me - I did not see it coming! For fans of suspense, James Rubart delivers another home run!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sarah b
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 really 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.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Corin Roscoe, depressed thrill-seeker and owner of an economically-challenged antique shop, is confused and mildly annoyed when an old lady unexpectedly dumps an antique chair on him--a chair made by the "best carpenter to ever live." His life dissolves into turmoil as he explores the meaning of the chair. Meanwhile, naughty people seek the power of the chair. This is a suspense novel in the Christian Fiction genre; however, I was never in very much suspense. Critiqued as a suspense novel, there's not much to it. Critiqued as contemporary Christian Fiction, however, I think it was pretty good. It had an excellent message without much preaching, and it had realistic characters. I would recommend "The Chair" to people who enjoy Christian fiction, but don't mind a small amount of violence or imperfect characters (i.e. those who drink alcohol and swear (as in "Corin swore," not actual swear words)).
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
burke mcferrin alciatore
Great life like characters and the situations they get themselves into. Story is a bit unlike anything out there and kept me pulled in til the end. Very interesting and insightful as well. Great for teens and up. Thanks for keeping it real, James!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
lisa massaad
James Rubart blends easy, fast-paced reads with deep, spiritual ideas. In "Rooms," he used a huge coastal home to represent rooms and dark corners of our lives. In "Book of Days," he explored God's working in our lives, past, present, and future. This time around, "The Chair" is an ancient artifact that may or may not be a piece crafted by Jesus' own hands in His days as a carpenter.

Corin owns an antique store in Colorado Springs. He's an adrenaline junkie. He's also a man plagued by guilt, due to his brother's accident in one of their shared outdoor adventures years earlier. The story opens with the mysterious chair being delivered to Corin's shop by an elderly woman. She hints at its power and past, but leaves him to evaluate for himself whether this chair can actually heal anyone because of its divine origins. Even as Corin wrestles with that question, a pastor of a mega-church goes to great lengths to acquire the chair for his own personal needs.

The pages turn quickly, with the pastor turning up the heat by offering Corin a large sum of money for the chair. At the same time, Corin is beginning to believe in the chair's powers when it seems to offer healing to those who have sat in it. He also faces opposition from his girlfriend, who has a past that makes her antagonistic toward anything Christian. There are lots of elements in the mix, and I like that Rubart wants to up the stakes. Sometimes, these angles don't feel fully fleshed out, but he rightly keeps the primary focus on the relationship between Corin and his estranged brother. Will the chair pull them apart or draw them together? The answers do not come easily or without a cost. And Rubart gives us a surprise or two along the way.

I've read many novels that deal with religious artifacts, and most of them use a prologue from centuries earlier to help us buy into the veracity of the artifact. We don't get that here, and so I never fully bought into it, but that may have been the point. In giving us only a brief history of the chair, Rubart forces readers to weigh for themselves their doubt against their belief. In the end, "The Chair" gives us powerful themes about forgiveness, relationship, and the deepest levels of true healing.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
James L.Rubart's novel "The Chair is a story of how God restores relationships, heals and saves our souls.The skillfully woven mystery doesn't really start to unravel until half-way through the book,but when it does it takes off with a sense of immediacy and purpose. Rubart's story has a sense of danger and suspense,and takes on everything from the corrupt world of extreme sports and televangilism to the underground world of the modern day nazi. He paints his characters uniquely and humorously,with compassion and keen insight. His use of similes are original and and he describes nature with picturesque personification. So if you want to read a story with a message about the inner and outer conflicts between good and evil,of loss and restoration in families,friendships and romances,of healing and inevitably hope, then Rubart's riveting novel "The Chair is the book for you.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This book intrigued me just from the little blurp on the back of it. I had to read it. As I read the book I couldn't put it down. I had to know what drive Corbin to take the risks he did, why did he abd his brother remain estranged fin each other even though Corbin had a relationship with his sister in law and nephew. What demons were causing Mark to infatuated with a simple chair. Throughout this story there were moments of enlightening abd continued confusion on what was going on. I highly recommend this book to those who wonder about the possibilities that may be when you truly believe in God and his power.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
thomas edmonds
This novel fell short in its message. It is trying to tell you to fight for relationships. I'm a believer that sometimes God takes people out of your life that are better left behind. In the book, Shasta realizes it is his brother that he misses most in his life after shutting him out. This book did not meet my expectations and the message was simplistic I thought.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sara correa
James Rubart has done it again. The Chair is a magnificient creation, a definite "edge of my seat" (pun intended) read. Unpredictable up to the very end, this book deserves a very strong 5 star rating.

Corin Roscoe thinks the old lady who dropped off an even older chair at his antique shop is nuts. Though he tries to refuse the chair, she insists he take it--claiming that it was meant to go to him.

Taking a closer look after she leaves, he realizes the chair is very well made in it's simplicity. Putting it off to the side, since he has an overabundance of furniture in his store right now, he figures it's something he might take a look at later, if he has the time.

When a young boy is miraculously healed in his store after sitting in the chair, and word of it spreads, Corin realizes that maybe he has come across something special. Could this chair possibly heal his brother--and his guilt?

When a well known mega-church pastor begins to manipulate Corin into selling the chair, he decides to lock it up for safekeeping. Corrin, needing advice, confides in an old trusted friend, a college professor, who shares with him the history and legend behind the mysterious chair.

Does the chair really posses power? There are those who will stop at nothing to get it--and that puts Corin, and those he loves at the center of their cross-hairs.

I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley. All opinions rendered are my own.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
James Rubart is carving out his own niche in writing. It isn't pure spec fiction, but has tones of it. It isn't pure mystery or suspense but it will keep you guessing. It isn't pure drama but it is infused with it at every turn. What is it? Fantastic!

He started with Rooms and then Book of Days and now his 3rd book in one year is The Chair. Each one is a stand alone with new characters, different situations and insightful theology. The Chair got me from the beginning with the main character, Corin, an adrenaline junkie that has a darkness in his past related to his younger brother, Shasta. Eventually we find out what exactly happened and why Shasta won't even talk to Corin or even let him in his house. So Corin has lost his only family and is trying to keep his antique shop out of the red and fighting a losing battle it seems.

Then an unusual woman brings an antique to his store to give him that starts creating havoc in his life. A chair that she claims is really old and made by someone special. She doesn't give him details and says she'll be in touch. A series of events happen that lead Corin to believe that just maybe the carpenter in question is Jesus. So what do you do then? He is offered large sums of money for the chair but is starting to think there might be something to it - the power of it. How does he find out just what the chair is really about and who can he trust? James takes you on an amazing journey to truth, forgiveness and grace as Corin follows the clues, the legends and his heart. I can't wait to see what James Rubart serves up next!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
scott mcdonald
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?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A good story with good plot line & characters. There are times when I ask why Christian fiction has to be romance or not quite as good as .... this book is good no matter what. Like Charles Martin, Rubart remains faithful to his integrity and still gives the book good twists & turns.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
One of the best books that I have read in ages. Great suspense, characters that you fall in love with.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mollie giem
I was unsure what it was going to be like, I thought forsure the chair was going to be in high demand or heal everyone that sat in it, I thought it was very good and it was neat that it healed emotions as well as physical, I will try not to give the book away but this was a book one I borrowed from the library.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
cori atkins
I started reading this book with high hopes because I love a good religious story. However, the dialogue in this book is akward, at best. "Speak to me, brohan"...need I say more? Also, the main character, Colin, is so wishy-washy. "yes, I'll give away the chair" "no, I'll keep the chair", "wait, I'll give it away, "nah, i'll keep it". Yikes! And at one point he even questions his trust for the woman who gave him the chair in the first place and that is based on nothing more than the word of a man who has proven himself to be less than scrupulous. It's a story that takes faith to believe but the characters make that all but impossible.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kathy young
This is the 2nd book that I read by James Rubart and I found it very intriguing. It was a bit drawn out at times, but the story related to the subject & characters very well. Surprise ending which was nice. Hard to let go of past relationships and phoebias, but Corin worked through his problems and issues with his family. Well worthwhile and I'll be purchasing for our church library.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
flippy odegard
I read this book through NetGalley and would have purchased this from the store if I had seen it before. This story is a journey for Corin where he travels from disbelief to belief through examples of God's love through miracles caused by the chair. I found it hard to stop reading and became involved in the characters' life stories. A great book! Makes me want to read more written by Jim Rubart!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
THE CHAIR, by Jame L. Rubart, is the first novel I've read by the author, and his third novel overall. His novels have a hint of supernatural, suspense, drama, and action and have received many positive reviews. Unfortunately, I wasn't as enamored with the novel as many other reviewers, and I'll try and explain why in my review.

Corin Roscoe, is a divorced antiques dealer who spends his spare time participating in thrill-seeking, often dangerous extreme sports. He's haunted by guilt over a childhood incident at the lake and an act that fractured the relationship with his brother. One day a mysterious woman comes into his store and gives him a chair that she indicates was made by Jesus. The elderly woman speaks in platitudes and riddles, and non-Christian Corin doesn't know what to think.

As the novel progresses, the chair is revealed to have some power, some mystery behind it, and serves as a lure for powerful forces that desire the chair.

I believe this novel falls short because it lacks direction, at one moment its a supernatural thriller, next a drama, next suspense, then a relic/quest novel. First Corin Roscoe, a man haunted by his past, never mentions the tragic end of his first marriage, which probably would have been a big event as well.. Also, the love of extreme sports seemed superfluous, an add on just to give the character something to do instead of trying to save his floundering store. Mark Jefferies is a pastor of a mega church, who in one paragraph is made to be sympathetic, then for the entire rest of the novel is mean, manipulative and evil, perhaps for no other reason than to satisfy a plot twist. Finally, if this is a novel about a chair with supernatural abilities, it doesn't go far enough. The chair's history as a relic is glossed over and given the stereotypical Dan Brown conspiracy scenario. The novel had some suspense, but never went far enough in establishing the threat. I kept believing the novel was about the chair and its powers, so I just ignored the bad guys that came into the picture.

However, this novel does get the message of forgiveness and reconciliation right. According to the author note, this is personal subject that he felt strongly about. Perhaps that drove this novel into the area of preaching instead of storytelling, I don't know. Again, I enjoyed the novel, but seem to be in the minority from the reviews I've read in that I didn't really get into it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"THE CHAIR" is awesome , I was not sure about this book but once I started it I could not put it down, I was hooked on the very first page, just to think about a Chair made by Jesus is amazing and then to think it really has super power to heal it is awesome I really think everyone would love this book
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jeff lawshe
This book is an extreme adventure, laced with adrenaline. It is also a story of brokeness and restoration -- perfect for guys, but I also enjoyed it. There's suspense, twists, romance, and the chance for healing. Jim's books are the rare kind that my husband and I fight over when they enter our house
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Excellent read as expected from Mr. Rubart. The redeeming nature of Jesus is clearly shown in this twisting tale. Trust Jesus, not a chair.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kat tromp
I loved this book! Wonderfully believable characters and predicaments. Makes me wonder, if I had such a chair, what I would do with it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
samuel hinkle
James holds your interest throughout the book. He weaves together a story about belief and God into a fantasy tale that holds your interest and has a great message behind it. I love his books.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lynn peterson
As a writer I appreciate this well written novel. As a reader I enjoyed it immensely as thought provoking and engaging. I love being drawn into a story so intensely, and The Chair held my attention through every page. I hated to see it end. Cant wait for another James L. Rubart novel.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
rana alattereh
This was not my favorite book by this author. Parts of it were great, but other parts were disappointing to me.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
You won't be disappointed. This book is another hard to put down Rubart book. It is soul touching and thought provoking.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
devy nurmala
Makes you think. Relationships are what makes life worthwhile. God is in all relationships good or bad so learn something from every one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I'm always looking for great authors and the fact that reading this book will definitely lead me to his others is testimony enough. While enjoying the flow of the story, I also found myself thinking about its message. Recommended.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I read this and Rooms and I loved them both so much. Both books were well written and left me wanting more. That's the way a good novel should be written. Very well done and something any reader will enjoy.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Probably the best book I ever read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Forgiveness, healing, restoration. I will recommend this book to friends. Enjoyable and thought provoking. Have you forgiven and asked for forgiveness? Steve T.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Surprises around every corner of this story but an amazing testament to forgiveness. The Chair characterized both the beauty and dark sides of humanity.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A truly uplifting and very though provoking work! Thoroughly enjoyed the read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Good read
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
mayada khaled
Excellent book. Couldn't put it down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
konstantin traev
I couldn't put it down -- finished it in two days! Wonderful message on faith, forgiveness and valuing our relationships with God, family & friends
Please Rate The Chair: A Novel
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