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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 Sar

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Johnny Virgil
Holy crap! No, that's not a two word review, but it could be. This book was not at all what I was expecting. As a "non-religious" person, I found this book to be a little too over the top with the holy-roller stuff. If you're a confirmed believer in all things God/Savior/Sin, you will probably love it. If you are turned off by televangelists or Jehovah's Witnesses, you will probably hate it. I had the distinct feeling that if the author met me, he would tell me I was going to burn in hell.

The Ch...more
How would you feel if you inherited a house on a beach made just for you? Oddly enough, it reflected your personality? Would you be excited? What about, if this house came from an uncle you never really met, and this uncle was the family weirdo? Still excited? Well... I'd think that I would be ecstatic... until, maybe living there made feel like I was losing my sanity.

Micah Taylor, inherits a home from his long been dead Uncle Archie. An uncle he has never met. Micah is the owner of his own soft...more
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Wow, not sure what I want to say about this book that I just finished up? I guess I will start with my first anticipation....

Rooms was toted as being similar to "The Shack". I loved "The Shack"! In fact I think during the time that book was in my hands all I wanted to do was read it and nothing else. It was fantastical (fantastic, fantasy, mystical - all rolled into one word). When I happened across Rooms at the bookstore, it was the cover that first drew me in. Yes, I am one of those people who...more
Keiki Hendrix
"A wonderful fictional portrayal of the mysterious, adventurous, and amazing workings of God in the life of a believer on his way to his hearts desire.”

Are you a believer? Or, are you on your way to walking with God? If so, you are going to find the events in this novel right up your alley.

Micah Taylor, the twenty-something founder of a multi-million dollar software company finds himself finds himself summoned to a journey of fulfillment like he has never known before which will take him through...more
This book is everything I dislike about most Christian fiction: it is preachy, it is unrealistic and it is annoying. I am a sci-fi fan so I am all for suspending reality for a good story but this was ridiculous. I don't know how anyone could compare it to The Shack, not even close. I never really cared about Micah and I only kept reading it because I knew it would be quick read. For a software genius the guy was just a tad slow to grasp the obvious. I was also bothered by some of the author's th...more
May 21, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: FIRST
OH.MY.GOODNESS. How on earth do I start this review? How do I put it into words what I feel about this book? There are so many things I'm feeling right now! That was ABSOLUTELY amazing. God truly spoke to me through James L. Rubart's words. I enjoy nearly every book I read, but few are so powerful that they leave me speechless and raw afterward. But, boy, did this one sure do that!

The plot line of facing your past, no matter how horrible or rough it maybe, forgiving yourself, others and your pa...more
Michelle Rayburn
I loved Rooms! I purchased it as a gift but snuck a peak when I got it home, and then I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I liked the simplicity of the description combined with the complexity of the surreal fantasty of a house that keeps changing. It’s a journey of personal healing, of finding what really matters, and of letting go of that which hinders God from something better than we expected. Although wealth doesn’t mutually exclude a relationship with Jesus. For Micah Taylor, his p...more
Paula Vince
It seems the blurb and cover of this book led some reviewers to think this would be a haunted house story. It's actually something like a Christian version of "Sliding Doors" which intrigued me from the start.

Micah Taylor is a young business tycoon in the computer software industry. One day, he receives a letter from a great-uncle who's been dead for twelve years, informing him that a new coastal home has just been completed for him to inherit.

The house turns out to have creepy goings-on behind...more
Potentially a classic of Christian speculative fiction. It combines a modern setting and protagonist point of view with a classic Christian confrontation and choices. Not quite an allegory, but certainly not "normal" fiction. Sort of like It's a Wonderful Life (upside down) meets A Christmas Carol.(The liner notes do it a disservice by comparing it to The Shack It's much better, though both are contemporary stories touched by the supernatural.)

Can't discuss any of the plot or characters without...more
Let me start out by saying that I feel bad giving this book three stars. Not because the book deserves more--I think three stars is just about right--but because the author is such a nice guy.

I met James Rubart at a Christian writer's conference several years ago. Back then, I was a teenager still in college, struggling to write even a short story that I was happy with, wondering if I was meant to be a writer or if I should just quit while I was ahead. Rubart was the keynote speaker at a local...more
Janalyn Voigt
What would you do?

What if a house you inherited is more than it seems? What if doors appear out of nowhere and lead to rooms filled with mystery? What if your life changed daily in unimagined ways? For Seattle software tycoon, Micah Taylor, these questions are not academic. An uncle he's never met leaves him a house in Canon Beach on the Oregon Coast. Micah determines to sell the home, especially since it's located in a place that holds powerful memories for him. But after a visit, and after me...more
Nov 29, 2009 Jeffc11 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and to those who are searching.
I had the great joy and pleasure of reading an unedited version of Rooms. Put on your seat belt and hang on! James L. Rubart takes you on a twisting turning journey you'll not soon forget. With amazing character development and the crafting of strong images, you find yourself riveted to the story line with each chapter leaving you wanting more.

Rubart's use of his word vault draws you in from the beginning and keeps you dialed in until the very last word. Even then, he leaves you wanting more!

Mike (the Paladin)
What can I say here? I really, really wanted to like this book. A friend of mine here "kids" me because I so often open a review with, "I'm a Christian". I do that so anyone who reads my review will understand the point of view with which I approach the book in question.

This is....make no mistake...a Christian fiction. It sets out to tell a slightly allegorical tale (not precisely allegorical but that's getting semantic) of a man's journey back to Christ.

Now, that isn't a spoiler and I include i...more
Sep 11, 2011 Candy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!
Recommended to Candy by: Cindy Teter
I simply could not get enough of this book! I think I have needed to read this one for a long time and I hate that I put off reading it for so long! I loved the supernatural aspects all woven together. Again I have found a book where the author has written about many of the thoughts, ideas and theories I have often wondered about. This definitely goes down as one of my favorites! Highly recommended.
Timothy Stone
What would happen if you could take, or could take a loved one on, a trip through your very soul? Everything about you is literally, not just figuratively on display. What if you could live two parallel lives simultaneously? What if you could choose two different paths, knowing that one has fame, fortune, and worldly success, and the other has love, peace, and freedom, if a bit less “success” as the world calls it? What would you do?

This is the question at the heart of the novel *Rooms* by Jame...more
Wow, this was a great Christian suspense novel. Plus it also elicited many personal questions with the theme, what would I do if I was presented with those revelations and choices? The writing was consistently smooth, interesting, descriptive, and thoughtful. The main character displayed all the insecurities that would show up in the situations and the author followed through on the character's thought reasoning in a believable manner. The book is basically about how life on the outside doesn't...more
James Rubart

2010 (April 1)

B&H Fiction


Reviewed by Cindy Loven

WOW!! That had to be my first word for this book review. I first heard of James Rubart while in a chat for writers about marketing. I was so impressed with him in that chat, which made me super excited when B&H sent me his book to review. OH my this book is a MUST READ!!!

Micah Taylor has the world in his grasp, he is the owner and founder of a software company and he is beyond rich. But his world is fixing to...more
David Pyle
Praised as an alternative to the New Age Jesus presented in The Shack by W.P. Young, Rooms gives us another perspective of the relationship with the Divine.
Our main character, Micah Taylor, has inherited a mysterious house build just for him on the Oregon coast. The announcement comes posthumously in the form of a letter from his long deceased great uncle Archie, that he barely remembers.
Micah is presented as a self-made man with personal assets in the multi-millions, in the limelight, admired...more
Cheryl Olson
What if you had the choice of choosing A) A life with prestige, fame, wealth and power or B) A life with a deep and meaningful relationship with God? What if you had the opportunity to wander back and forth between both lives and see the results of those choices? Pretty thought provoking stuff. James Rubart examines these ideas and many more in his book Rooms: A Novel.
Micah Taylor, a very successful up-and-comer Seattle based Software mogul, is put into a huge quandary. “Is the life I’m living...more
Micah, the founder of RimSoft company receives a fully furnished 9,000 square foot home on Canyon Beach built for him by his uncle Archie. His only thought was to sell it and make a profit from the sale. Reluctantly he stays there and strange things start happening in the house. While in a romantic relationship with his business partner, Julie he meets Sarah who works at Osborn's icecream shop he visited in Canyon Beach. Sarah along with his best friend Rick offer advice and guidance to Micah. B...more
Title: ROOMS
Author: James L. Rubart
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
April 2010
ISBN 978-0-8054-4888-7
Genre: Christian Fiction

This book will change you. You’ve been warned. Author Robert Liparulo comments that this is “Part The Screwtape Letters, part The Shack.” I agree, but I would also add another comparison. Years ago, my mother-in-law gave me a cassette tape of a wonderful sermon-story entitled, My Heart, Christ’s Home. This book is that sermon-story, in print.

Micah Taylor seems to have it...more
Software magnate Micah Taylor receives a mystifying letter from a long-dead uncle he never met, informing him that a house has been built for him on the Oregon coast. Sounds perfect, except the location is one that haunts his past, and Micah has vowed never to go there again. But the house draws him, and continues to draw him back again and again. Something is happening in that house, something strange and compelling and frightening. Something Micah can’t walk away from, even though staying may...more
Clockstein Lockstein

Rooms by James L. Rubart is an incredible debut novel about living the life God desires. Micah Taylor is living at the top of the world; his software company has made him a multimillionaire and his partner will soon be his fiance. He receives a letter from his deceased great-uncle Archie, whom he's never met, informing him of a house that Archie built for Micah in Cannon Beach, the hometown he left behind along with all of the bad memories associated with it. Archie's enigmatic letter goads Mica...more
Mary Grace
This book was a shocker to me. Shocker in a way that the book was not what I thought it was. It was intriguing, it included a mysterious cover, it had a captivating plot. Like some people, I downloaded this book by mistake because I was thinking of Room by Donoghue but it was not a total waste of time to read the book.

The book talks about Micah who lost faith growing and living life and gaining it back again through a journey set in a mysterious house given by a relative who died. With the first...more
Kelly  Schuknecht
Micah Taylor has it all (in the eyes of the world) - he's an entrepreneur in the software industry, a millionaire living in a penthouse apartment in Seattle, dating his business partner. His mother died when he was young and he has a rocky relationship with his father, but he inherits a beach house from a deceased uncle he barely knew. Although he plans to sell the beach house, Micah spends some time there and begins having very strange experiences, including the discovery of new rooms that were...more
Aug 04, 2010 Dan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
This is a book about giving up everything and turning to God.

What a crock. Everything that people enjoy in life -- money, fame, love with a person -- is Mammon, and you need to give it up in order to fill your life with God's love. God hates DVDs (but not Braveheart). I'm sorry, I don't buy it.

Maybe I should back up a little and say, I'm not a Christian, and this is my first foray into Christian fiction. If I'd known that beforehand, I would not have started reading this book; I certainly wouldn...more
Micah Taylor has the good life. He is rich, has a girlfriend, and is the boss of his own company. What more could he ask for? One day Micah receives a letter written by is Uncle Archie. His uncle tells Micah that five months ago he built a home on the Oregon coast especially for Micah. The home is to bring Micah resolve and restoration. Micah first thinks it is a joke…a home built for him. Micah has never really known his uncle. Also Micah has not been back to Oregon since the accident.

Micah dec...more
Glenda Bixler
Sep 24, 2009 Glenda Bixler rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
By James Rubart
B&H Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780805449785
405 Pages (Galley)


Wow... Really...Wow!

James Rubart hooked me immediately in his fascinating, awesome novel, Rooms!

Micah Taylor is an energetic, innovative leader of a software company at which he has hired many creative staff. The company has not only been successful but has moved into the forefront, winning awards and receiving much publicity in trade and business magazines.

But then Mica...more
Absolutely Brilliant! Mystical and Magical! Brought both tears of joy, as well as tears of sorrow while reading this. Not just for the characters, but, from my own heart as well. Ironically, I had befriended someone over two years ago. We instantly bonded and had a great connection. I often called him my "Angel on Earth" because of the timing he came into my life. He helped me through some personal issues and I like to think I helped boost his self esteem, as well. Just over 6 months ago we said...more
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James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of Days, The Chair, and Soul's Gate. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest. Facebook: JamesLRubart
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“Utterly engulfed,
And wanting more.
With the vastness of love.
Losing myself as the waves wash over me,
Through me,
Surrounding me,
Caught up in the a hurricane of overwhelming peace,
I have let go,
And He has found me.”
“Your heart broke again and again, and you tried to fix the pieces with the salves of the world. But they can only dull the pain; they cannot heal. You have been chained. You’ve hidden your heart in the dark places. But I came to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free.” 1 likes
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