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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 Sarah ...more
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Published April 1st 2010 by B Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Johnny Virgil
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me also start off by stating very clearly that this novel is Christian Fiction. Very strongly so. That is fine with me but I know some do not enjoy reading it and the plot synopsis does not exactly share that crucial tidbit.

So there is my first urging to all readers-if this novel's Christian basing does not match your beliefs, there is a good chance you will not enjoy this book. Even for me, as a Christian, I can see this book as being potentially intimidating and how the path to God is show
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As I was reading Rooms, I thought about the rooms in my heart for Jesus Christ. Am I allowing Him first place in every area of my heart? That question has stayed with me throughout the reading of this book. It was truly a soul searching and thought-provoking experience. I highly recommend it to all readers. Please make room in your heart for Jesus Christ.
Aug 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Keiki Hendrix
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"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
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Heather Trim
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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
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
Dan Walsh
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great read, similar to The Shack but, to me, better written. Both are allegorical stories about how God can mend a broken man but Rooms, as far as the allegory connects to Scriptural truth, is much more solid. Someone not interested in the Christian faith might struggle, but if you are a Christian, curious or even open-minded, worth your time.
Cheryl Olson
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
There have unfortunately been far too few books that I have picked up and then been unable to put down. One of those books was James Rubart’s Rooms. It snagged me from the beginning and I found myself doing the ‘one more chapter’ thing late into the night.

Who wouldn’t want to inherit a house or money from someone we don’t know, a distant uncle or cousin. Micah had enough wealth that the letter that notified him about the house just served as a brief interruption in his busy life. Micah is curiou
Terri Blackstock
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book!
Michelle Rayburn
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
This book is nothing like the blurb on the back and it pissed me off that I read this book under false pretenses, I never would have touched it if the blurb really described what was in this book. A rip off of The Shack with way too much bible preaching for my taste. There is little to no character development and the characters aren't even very fleshed out to begin with. A the man guy is the most solid and he's an a**hole that I couldn't and don't want to connect with. The time jumps and pacing ...more
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

An imaginative allegory, Rooms was a great read that I finished in one sitting. Those who aren't fans of fantasy may not like it, but for a geek like me, it was an insane read. The writing was great, as was the story. It's not as scary as it would seem, but it does have its weird moments.

Score: 4.5/5
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a life-changing book for me. Great storytelling and spiritually impacting!
Bonnie Luttkus
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
All in all, it was disappointing. There were several plot holes and a good amount of repetition. The book could have ended about 100 pages sooner. I kept going, because I wondered if perhaps the ending would be so good it would make up for the rest of it. The ending was definitely bigger and better, but overall not enough to make the whole book enjoyable.
Becky Fleming
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thought-provoking book

I have never read a book quite like this one. Absolutely loved it! Couldn't put it down! Even though it was bizarre, it was almost believable. Definitely made me reflect on my own life and whether or not I am living my best life, fully surrendered and sold out to Jesus.
Misty Baker
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I was in Jr. High my Sunday school class decided to study the book of “Job”. Up until this point I had never done any extensive studying of a particular book, just stand alone versus, so the fact that I shook with the anticipation of learning what would happen next (to this poor soul – as I liked to refer to him at the time) floored me. Over the years I have continued to study the bible, reading scripture and trying (sometimes is vain) to make it make sense to me. Sometimes I fail horribly, ...more
Janet Sketchley
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Micah Taylor has it all: prestigious business, penthouse condo, a girlfriend who’s his perfect match. Until he leaves Seattle for Cannon Beach, Oregon, to check into a house he inherited.

The house is everything he’d have wanted had he designed it himself – except for the location, stirring memories of childhood tragedy. And except for the mysterious rooms that suddenly appear.

Rooms is a supernatural tale of how God might lead a person to revisit “rooms” in his heart to bring healing and truth.

I like James Rubart and loved 2 of his previous books, Soul's Gate and Memory's Door. Rooms was another trip into the wonders of what God can do on levels that defy our basic understanding of Him. Rooms was an interesting book based on the premise of what relationships and choices do to your life. I loved the house and the rooms! Very interesting and exciting! I liked the characters Rick,and Sarah. I was not as accepting of the main character Micah. I think he was extremely stupid for a software ...more
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I love this book. I think I am officially hooked on this author. I read "The Chair" recently and fell in love with it so I had to read this and see if it was just as great. I am so glad I did.

The setting of this book is what first captivated me. I spend as much time as possible hiking the Pacific Northwest and have a special place in my heart for the area of Oregon that the author uses as the setting for the mysterious house. This pulled me into the story right away. His descriptions were
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Janalyn Voigt
Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
R.J. Rodda

What was really engaging about this book was its originality. As Micah goes between two worlds, they change. His decisions have tremendous effects and seeing these unfold are what makes this book a real page turner.

My hesitation with this is the theological aspects. Micah gets a lot of spiritual advice here. Eventually as a reader you recognize that the advice conflicts. Some of it is from God, some from Satan. My concern is with the authoritative way both perspectives are presented - this c
Margaret Chind
Sep 01, 2009 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Margaret by: Julie Gwinn
*Thanks to Julie Gwinn of B&H for providing a copy for review.* ...more
Sep 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 change
Christy Lockstein
Sep 02, 2009 rated it really liked it

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
Glenda Bixler
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Wow! My first book by James L. Rubart

Rebecca Trujillo Batty
marked it as to-read
Oct 15, 2009
Rooms is a tragically beautiful and deeply insightful novel about a soul's redemption. Utilizing mind-twisting conflicts and heart-wrenching loss throughout the story, the author illustrates in a profound way how often to gain what we need we must first abandon what we thought we'd always wanted. Taking it one step further, it made me think in a completely new way about how 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13 states that "without love, I am nothing" (paraphrased by me to illustrate this point).

I have to w
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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!

Jennifer Wardrip
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Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Rubart's novel takes an amazing, unique look at God. Although
the story is fast paced, the author leaves room for contemplation and deeper examination into the
reader's own faith journey. Readers will relate to the main characters and draw parallels.
Micah Taylor is a young software billionaire who has all of the money, power and prestige he could want. He receives a letter from his deceased great-uncle, stating that a home has been built for Micah on the Oregon coast. Though the area holds some ba
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I'm so unsure how to comment on this book...It's....interesting...
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Jan 28, 2010
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Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Looking for a workout for you heart and mind? A novel that will challenge your motivations and the way you live your life? Grab yourself a copy of James Rubart's Rooms and prepare to confront your deepest desires and impulses.

Rooms is the compelling story of software prodigy Micah Taylor who is forced to face both the beauty and destructiveness of his own soul, after receiving an inheritance that fits his every unspoken desire. With a mind bending premise, Rooms is a provocative and complex reve
Carla Stewart
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Mar 11, 2010 marked it as to-read
Not sure this is quite my cup of tea (it's on the inspirational/faith-based side of fiction) but it takes place in Cannon Beach, so I'm game for any book that takes place in Oregon.
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For me, reading is about learning. It means reading outside of comfort zones to learn more about yourself and other cultures. I consider myself fairly broad in what I like to read. In the last sixteen months of blogging, I have covered everything from children's literature to business/self-help books. I live my life around the idea that if a book topic interests me, I will read it no matter what genre it is. Even though I pride myself on my well-roundness when it comes to reading, I have failed ...more
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If you liked 'The Shack', you will like this book.
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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 Book of the Year, Carol, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of ten novels, including his latest, The Pages of Her Life. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.

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