Book Review: The Chair

19 Sep

When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe’s antiques store claiming to have a chair made by Jesus Christ, he laughs her off. But after she delivers an ancient looking chair made of olive wood three days later—with a cryptic message attached to it—he begins to wonder.

Corin’s world shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact, and the unexplained phenomena that seems to come from it. And he’s not the only one who will do almost anything to possess the power that appears to surround the chair.



From The Author’s Website:

James L. Rubart — I love God, my wife, my sons, writing, speaking, playing guitar, and golf, in that order. And I dabble in photography. 


Movie: The Matrix & It’s a Wonderful Life

Book: The Chronicles of Narnia

Place: Wapato Lake, WA

TV show: LOST

CD: Darrell Evans- Freedom

Food: Artichokes & crab

Person: My incredible wife


Grew up: Pacific Northwest, Seattle and Spokane.

College: University of Washington (Go Dawgs!)

Day job: Since ’94 I’ve been an ad agency/marketing company owner. Check it out here: Barefoot Marketing

Favorite memories: they come from jumping off cliffs with my boys, long walks & talks with my wife, and going deep with friends. Enough about me. Shoot me an e-mail and tell me about you.

My Impressions:

In James L. Rubart’s third book, The Chair, the reader is again asked to stretch his thinking and imagination to engage in a story that is mysterious, suspenseful and full of questions about faith and healing.  Corin, the owner of a struggling antiques store, is brought an older than old chair by a mysterious woman who states only that he has been chosen to own it.  Immediately, strange things happen and stranger people enter his life.  Corin is faced with the possibility that an artifact that may have been crafted by Christ has the ability to heal.

As Corin struggles with his own demons — guilt and fear — he is compelled to protect the chair from others that want to possess it.  As he discovers the powers it has, Corin faces greater dangers from people who are very serious about gaining control of the potential power of the chair.

James Rubart has crafted a suspense-filled novel for the thinking man.  There are plenty of twists and turns, betrayals and danger, but the underlying themes of who needs healing and who or what heals give the reader much more to contemplate. Not all who call for healing get it.  Or do they?  If you want to think about what you’ve read long after you’ve turned the last page, then pick up a copy of The Chair.



(I received a copy of The Chair from B&H Publishing in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)




2 Responses to “Book Review: The Chair”

  1. Thinking Woman September 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I agree! Although it’s a novel for the thinking man OR woman! The author has created some very interesting, complex characters, and explores some interesting questions and themes. As you mentioned, he really makes you think about what it means to be healed, and the role forgiveness plays in healing. I really enjoyed the book and have recommended it to many friends.


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