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The Chair

The Chair

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by James L. Rubart

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When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe's antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was crafted by Jesus, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed two days after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts wondering . . . could this chair heal the person whose life Corin destroyed twelve years ago? 

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When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe's antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was crafted by Jesus, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed two days after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts wondering . . . could this chair heal the person whose life Corin 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. And that mysterious woman who gave him the piece flits in and out of his life like a shadow, insinuating it's 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'll reveal. Corin's life shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it. What’s more, he's not the only one willing do almost anything to possess the power seemingly connected to the chair.

Acclaim for The Chair:

"James Rubart is one of my new favorite authors. The Chair has the same depth and creativity as Rooms, and it was impossible for me to think of anything else until I finished it. I can't wait for his next book!"

--Terri Blackstock, author of Intervention and Vicious Cycle

"The Chair is a compelling story that will draw the reader's attention immediately and hold onto it until the end. 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

"Romance, danger, mystery, betrayal . . . and most of all, a message of healing and restoration. Taking readers far beneath the surface, Rubart masterfully paints a picture of God's depth of love and longing for relationship with even those who are running away from Him as fast as they can. A tale of unimaginable sacrifice and unconditional love that will tug at your heart long after you've completed the last page."

--Kathi Macias, award-winning author of Deliver Me from Evil

"Rubart has a stellar ability to communicate spiritual truth through a highly original, well-told story. Relatable characters and a fast-paced plot provide all of the key elements for a compulsively readable tale."

--Romantic Times (4 1/2 stars out of 5)

"The message in the story is very powerful . . . the ending brought a huge smile to my face."

-- Kissed by Literature

"If you're not carrying all three of (James Rubart's) titles, you don't really have a fiction section."

--Christian Book Shop Talk

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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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 Seattle, Washington.

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The Chair 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
On Tuesday afternoon at five thirty, an elderly lady strode into Corin's antique store as if she owned it and said, "The next two months of your life will be either heaven or hell." The corners of her mouth turned up a fraction. It was almost a smile. "Excuse me?" Corin Roscoe stared at her over the mound of bills in front of him and stifled a laugh. White hair, deep smile lines etched into her high cheekbones - she had to be at least midseventies. Maybe eighty, but she moved like she was in her forties. She wore a dark tan coat that bounced off her calves as she strolled toward Corin, ice blue eyes full of laughter. She didn't look crazy. "I've brought you the chair, you see." She stared at him as if that statement would explain everything. Corin brushed his dark hair off his forehead and slid off the stool behind his sales counter. "What chair?" The woman looked around the store like a schoolteacher evaluating a new classroom of students. Her eyes seemed to settle on the pile of precisely stacked books from the 1700's. "I love books, you know." "Do I know you?" He took a step towards the woman. "No." Her laugh had a tinge of music in it. "I hardly think so." "You're sure?" "Yes." "You're a fortune teller, right? And think a little heaven and a little hell is coming my way. Can't I just subscribe to your newsletter?" "Probably an interweaving of the two realms. And I believe you'll discover the hope of restoration. The final outcome will, of course, be your choice." In the latest novel by James. L. Rubart, The Chair, takes readers on an exceptional journey into one of the greatest possible antiques ever discovered. A plain, wooden chair crafted perfectly in every dimension and whenever people sit in it, they are miraculously healed. Soon it appears that is possible that the chair was crafted by Jesus Christ and within the chair holds all the power He possessed after He was resurrected. This being my third book by James L. Rubart, I couldn't wait to read this one when I read about it through his Facebook page. Literally on pins and needles waiting to the first opportunity to read this one. I was not disappointed for my long wait. Worth every single word on the page. He once more captivated my attention from the first few words I shared with you above, until the final paragraph that closes the book. It was exceptional once more and I could completely feel the burden that Corin carries with him throughout the book. The Chair will do more than keep you glued to every word, but pull at your own heart and provide you a clear picture at what Christ did for all of us on the cross. I received this Kindle format compliments of B & H Publishing Group through Netgalley for my honest review and again, 5 out of 5 stars is not high enough for this book. It literally goes off the chart in my book and thank you James for becoming one of my personal favorite authors in my own personal collection of your literary works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good read, not a great one. I understand why after reading this was written in 5 months. It's really interesting until the bad guys are revealed, and it "jumps the shark". More time writing could have made this book amazing.
KDavio More than 1 year ago
women think - men act / all kidding aside, this book is perfectly made for discussions long after you have finished reading and revelations in your own mind that you didn't think of while in the reading process - this book is definitely worth a reading and a wondering - enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received an advance copy of THE CHAIR by James L. Rubart, from B&H Books. The cover depicts the corner of a chair, highlighted, against a wooden floor. Although plain, it is intriguing, and foretells a fascinating book. I sat down with only half-an-hour to read, and four hours later I was done with the story, although my household chores still needed completion. Overall, this is a fast, thought-provoking story with friendly characters. Without giving too much away, the novel involves Corin Roscoe, the owner of an antique story. A mysterious woman gives him a chair, and her cryptic messages lead Corin to believe the chair was made by Jesus Christ. When he first touches the chair, he feels an electric shock, but then nothing. Shortly after, a little boy has an asthma attack in his store and sits on the chair. The boy and his family believe that the chair healed his asthma and the news story is placed on the Internet. With the help of the chair, Corin faces his belief in religion and his fears within himself. The message in the story is very powerful, and opens the reader's eyes to new beliefs in religious relics. The ending brought a huge smile to my face.
samcivy More than 1 year ago
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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had adventure, amazing twistsand lots of suspence. The different relationships and dynamics between the characters was fabulous. It sends a powerful message about never giving up on our relationships with others no matter how tenuous they may be. Follow your heart. Couldn't put it down.
mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
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 Colin 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.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful story with a great message by James L. Rubart. This book spoke to me...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story will keep you reading late into the night. You will find yourself thinking of how it even affects your own life, and wonder what you would do in this situation. Well thought out plot.
Mcfan97 More than 1 year ago
Great Christian mystery that will keep you on your toes, with some surprising turn of events along the way. Would recommend for mystery fans who are tired of death and foul language being a required part of a story.
JoHuddleston More than 1 year ago
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?
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I really like this author and am excited to read whatever he writes next. I won't give a recap of the book as other do but say read it, it is good.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
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)). My star rating is based on a Christian Fiction critique, but it loses points for a few typos in the digital version—I think it’s disrespectful to readers to not carefully proof-read before publication.
EagleScout97 More than 1 year ago
This is my first Rubart book. It won't be my last.
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I read this book in 2 days--which is impressive for me! Couldn't put it down! I can't wait for Rubart's next book!
marythereader More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book......great premice.....great food for thought...enjoy!
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