Thursday, December 1, 2011

A Chair With The Power to Heal?: A Review of The Chair by Jim Rubart

Corin Roscoe is living in the shambles of a broken relationship with his brother Shasta. Obsessed with brushes with death through extreme sports, Corin is desperate to dull the pain and guilt of a betrayal against Shasta that took place ten years ago, a tragedy that has left his brother in a wheelchair with no hope of walking again. Corin is also the owner of an antique furniture store, and one day a mysterious old lady shows up with an old chair she claims was built by Jesus Christ. After a couple people experience miraculous healing after sitting in the chair, Corin begins to hope that the chair can fix his brother and their relationship. But someone is desperate to have the chair and will stop at nothing to get it and wield its power. Will Corin survive and bring healing, or will everyone he loves be killed over one mysterious chair?

THE CHAIR by Jim Rubart was an emotional story about the nature of faith and the surprising ways God desires to bring healing into our lives. When I picked up THE CHAIR, I wasn’t expecting a story about a chair built by Christ to be very suspenseful, but I found myself being drawn further and further ahead in the story by the events that were unfolding. Rubart does a great job of creating a very complex character in Corin Roscoe and really getting us into his head. I was also surprised by how much I actually liked the character of Pastor Jeffries and his motivation for wanting the chair.

The story is certainly suspenseful throughout. There are a few times where certain conflicts seemed to be wrapped up rather quickly and easily, and some of it was a little predictable, but neither really took away from my enjoyment of the story overall. The way the story wraps up is surprising and some readers may find it disappointing, but Rubart communicates a powerful message with his story. I’ll definitely be checking out Rubart’s other books.

I received this book for free for review from Broadman and Holman through NetGalley.

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