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The Chair

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If someone gave you a chair and said it was made by Jesus Christ, would you believe them? 

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 pers
Paperback, 388 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by B Books (first published August 14th 2011)
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Mike (the Paladin)
If this book had been as "good" (that is of course a subjective word choice) throughout as it was for say the final quarter I could and would have given it 4 stars. This is the second book by the author I've read. It like the first I found (and again that is a subjective statement) I found the "storytelling" slow and somewhat disjointed.

The book has a story to tell us and it's got a message to deliver. it does both it's just that I found it a little convoluted, much as if there is/was maybe a qu
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rubart does it again! The Chair is a beautiful and poignant look into friendships, bitterness, and beauty of restoration. An unexpected twist left me with my mouth open—but it also jarred me into the daunting realization that I too had made the same mistake the characters made (read the book to find out what I mean!) that made them lose sight of what was important. With Rubart, there is never a bad read, so grab this book and hold on to THE CHAIR with both hands!
Mandy J. Hoffman
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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If you were told that a certain chair was made by Jesus Christ and had healing power, would you believe it?
Corin Roscoe, an antique store owner, is given this chair and then begins his search for the truth. His life takes many unexpected and dangerous turns as others are affected by his search and desperate people try to get possession of the chair.

Healing broken relationships is the main theme of this novel and that is accomplished in a unique way by this author of other books such
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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 f
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I loved LOVED this book, it stretched my imagination greatly. I have grown up in the church, and have never ever considered the concept or idea that a peice of furniture could be made by Jesus. It stretches me to imagine that a chair could survive for two thousand plus years, and end up in America of all places. However that is what makes the book fantastic. It is the unknown. Could it be possible.

Of all the people in America, Corin Roscoe, cannot fathom why this lady, who will not tell him who
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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, Co
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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,
K. L.
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: spiritual seekers, adventure lovers, those holding grudges or feeling guilt
Recommended to K. by: friend
Shelves: christian, suspense
“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 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 manipu
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
If I could I would give this a 2.5 but that doesn't seem to be an option!

I have read his other title, Book of Days” and liked it. This story was not quite as developed. The idea was interesting but I had trouble following some of the story. The time line didn't flow in some places. I needed to go back thinking I'd skipped a chapter (It is rare for me to have this problems when reading a story) The story just skipped over some details that made it difficult to see how the main character goes fro
Mar 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Much like Coran, an extreme sports junkie, I, too, feel like I just got done BASE jumping after having read this book and now I have a serious case of whiplash. While it was good, it felt, at times, very disjointed and like the whole plotline and story was being both forced and rushed.

The premise was utterly fascinating -- what if Jesus (who, according to the Bible moonlighted as a carpenter on top of his Son of God duties) had built a chair...And that chair was passed down by a secret society (
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James L. Rubart is a 28 year old trapped in an older man's body, who loves to water ski and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He's the bestselling, Christy, Carol, INSPY, and RT award winning author of eight novels, including his latest, The Long Journey to Jake Palmer. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.
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“I’m not scared of dying. Not at all. The only thing I’m scared of is not living while I’m still alive.” 9 likes
“I think all people have things in their past they need forgiveness for. In their present as well. And they need to be extended grace for what they regret.” 6 likes
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