Eye catching that's for sure. Does it make me want to pick it up? YES. I'm curious about this book The Chair and it's cover. Finding Hope Book Club talked with James Rubart this month. We discussed his book ROOMS, via speaker phone. I have two different book clubs and Jim spoke to both groups, I learned so much.

It always fascinates me how each group looks and discusses the book they've read.  Jim talked about rooms but he also shared with us how he came up with the idea for The Chair. It will be released in September of this year. I  asked Jim if he could give us a sneak peak into his next book, The Chair. It sounded really good. Can't wait to read another book by such a heartfelt, honest look at God at work in our lives...if we let him.

The Chair book discription!

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 person whose life Corin destroyed twelve years ago?

As word spreads of the boy's healing, a mega-church pastor is determined to manipulate Corin into turning over the chair. And that mysterious woman who gave him the piece flits in and out of his life like a shadow, insinuating it's Corin’s destiny to guard the chair above everything else. But why?

Desperate, he turns to the one person he can trust, a college history professor who knows more about the legend of the chair than he'll reveal. Corin's life shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it. What’s more, he's not the only one willing do almost anything to possess the power seemingly connected to the chair.

ROOMS is another book cover that caught my eye and drew me in. I wasn't sure if I wanted to enter into the rooms of this book but after reading the first chaper I was hooked. This month we spoke with James Rubart about his book Rooms.

We had asked him about the book cover. We asked if he had any input to it or not.

He said that they did ask him about what he thought and to send in pictures.

After reading the book and the description of the house we all agreed that the picture on the front cover was not the house in the book.

We also agreed that the book cover made the book appear to be spooky or very scary. It was neither one of them. It was intriguing and mysterious but not creepy. Then one of the ladies in the group showed us that he book had a completely different cover. It was a picture of the coast and a door. Now this captured more of the feel of the book. Jim was excited by this and one of the ladies took a picture and sent it to him. Fun! This was the large print addition of the book that had the different cover.

ROOMS by James L. Rubart was Finding Hope Book club pick for this April. We had lively discussion about what thes rooms that were in the house.

We spoke with Jim on the phone the two nights I had book club meetings. The first night we asked him about how he became a writer. He told us he'd wanted to write most of his life but was too afraid to take the plunge. Then one day he said his wife said she was going to start fasting. He asked her why? She said I'm not sure why I just know I have to in order to hear what the Lord wants to say to me.

Jim said that he kept asking his wife every day if she had got her answer and she said no. Nothing until the third day of the fast. He said that they were driving in the car and he had this lightening bolt message in his mind. He felt as if the Lord was telling him to start writing. It was his destiny and it was time for him to walk in it. After this revelation he says to his wife, "Honey, I now know why you are fasting. God just spoke to my spirit and I know I'm supposed to start writing. I've been afraid but I need to trust God and just write."

His wife says, "Oh, good! I'm the one that fasts and you get the word from God!" They both laughed. But that was the starting point for Jim. It gave him the courage to step out and write Book of Days based on his experience with his Father and the family dealing with father losing his memories and getting sick.

We asked why the rooms weren't all there in the house when Micah got there. He told us that just like when Micah opened several letters from Archie without waiting like Archie has asked he would go into rooms in the house that he wasn't ready to go into. He wouldn't be ready to experience the room. That's why they kept appearing and disappearing.

Someone mentioned that it reminded them of a movie in the theatres right now The Adjustment Bureau. It showed watchers keepint people on track to make sure they stayed on the path. When they deviated from the original path it changed their whole lives. Jim showed this with the two worlds that he created. Everytime Micah made a choice to the one world things disappeared in the other world. Showing that sometimes you can't get things back to the way they were after you've made a choice.

THANKS JIM for making book club so much fun!! Looking forward to talking to you again at book club!! Maybe my ladies will vote to read your book The Chair!! It could happen! I know I'll be reading it! Grin!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for telling us about the cover of "Rooms." I'd wondered about that after reading it!