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THE CHAIR - GIVEAWAY - JAMES L. RUBART INTERVIEW




ABOUT AUTHOR: James L. Rubart is a professional marketer whose Jr2 Marketing company clientele has included ABC, AT&T/Cingular, and Clear Channel Radio. He is also a professional speaker, writes recurring columns for Christian Fiction Online Magazine and Christian Women Online, and is on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association. Jim and his wife and their two teenage sons live just outside Seattle, Washington.


How did you get the idea for The Chair?

From Chuck Colson. He had a commentary where told about a Jewish historian who said some of the plows Jesus made lasted until the second century. I thought, “Wow, how cool. What if He made something that lasted until today? What if it was a chair? And what if it had healing powers? And what if had been passed down from generation to generation by a secret society? After that I was off and sprinting.

In your book The Chair, what scenes were easy for you to write? Which ones were difficult? Why?

The Chair was different than writing Rooms or Book of Days because of time—or lack thereof. With The Chair I was on an extremely tight deadline so I just started writing whatever came into my head. It was a total brain dump and it was a mess. I’d write two paragraphs, get stuck and leave it and write something else. So from that perspective none of the scenes were hard to write, but wow, they all needed a lot of work. It wasn’t until I was 60,000 words in that I started to organize things by writing out each snippet on a 3 x 5 note card, sticking them on the wall of my writing room and then moving the scenes around till everything fit.


What research did you do in preparation for writing The Chair? Is there really an artifact that Jesus might have made out there? Or was this from your imagination?

Totally from my imagination. But as I was writing the novel I wanted to give credence to the idea an artifact like this could exist so started doing research and found there are have been a number of objects through the centuries that supposedly contain Christ’s healing power. Not ones He made, but ones that he touched or were part of His life. I touch on a few of them in the novel.

What do you hope the take away for readers is for your book The Chair?

Restoration. We are all broken and one of the areas we are most broken in are our relationships. As I explain in my reader letter, the heart of this story came from the restoration of a friendship with one of my best friends. We had a falling out and in a God restored the relationship in a blow your mind kind of way. So my hope is readers will find healing and forgiveness and restoration in their own relationships.

I saw at work the other day your book Rooms has been made into a bible study. What do you hope happens with the study?

I’d love to see two things happen:
First, it would be so cool to have small groups all over the country use the workbook and DVD to dive deeper in the themes in the novel. And the way we designed it you don’t have to have read Rooms to take part in the study.

Second, I love to speak. So I’m hoping to travel to churches around the country and do weekend retreats for them—take them through ROOMS: The Small Group Experience live from the author (me).

If people are curious, here’s a short YouTube video that gives a flavor of what it’s all about: http://tinyurl.com/3do2fyt And here’s a link to LifeWay’s Web site where people can order the kit if they’re interested: http://tinyurl.com/3ku4hxt

How did it come about that your book Rooms was made into a bible study? Did you always have plans to do this or was this a divine apt and stretch for you in your writing?

Divine appointment! I had no plans for doing it. A friend of mine said I should develop a retreat based on the book since I enjoy speaking, but I hadn’t ever done anything about it.
So when LifeWay/Serendipity called me late last year and said they’d like to do a Small Group Study based on ROOMS I was thrilled. We shot the DVD down in Cannon Beach in the exact spots where the story takes place and even hired actors to act out scenes from the book. So I’m pumped about the product. I think it turned out fantastic.

Can you give us a peek into what you are working on now and when it will be out on book shelves?

I’m stoked about my current project—my fourth novel—which I’m working on now. It will be out next fall. I’m hesitant to give you the current title as those often change but let’s just say if you have liked my books so far I think you’ll love this one.

Originally it was going to be a standalone book, but as the story has developed the first book will set the stage for the next three books that follow it. It won’t be a series per say but all four books will tie into each other with recurring characters and settings. Should be a lot of fun.

Any Fun Pictures to share?
My sons and I doing what we Love!



















QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

What were your three favorite books as a kid?



Where the Wild Things Are, Curious George, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

If you had the opportunity to hang out with any two people alive or dead for 48 hours, who would you pick and what would you do? (besides Jesus)

C.S. Lewis and Simon Peter. We would go for a long walk somewhere in a wooded part of the English countryside, then we’d head out for the ocean where Peter would teach us how to walk on water, then we’d have a long dinner together.







If you had an opportunity to go anywhere in the world, where would you got and what would you do?













I’d take my wife to an island in French Polynesia and hang out in those little huts that sit out over the water. I’d scuba dive every day and every night we’d try a different kind of food we’ve never had before. Then after three days our sons would join us and we’d zip line and sail and snorkel and swim and even try to sleep a little.

What three movies could you watch over and over again?


The Matrix, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Shawshank Redemption .

ANY FINAL COMMENTS – THOUGHTS FOR MY READERS, JAMES?

A few things I’ve said before but they’ve worth repeating. (I know I need to hear them again and again.) I want people to know they are worth it. That God not only loves them but likes them. Delights in them and wants to see them more free today than they were yesterday. Thanks for having me, Nora! You're amazing. Thank you so much for the awesome job you do to promote Christian fiction.

THANKS for stopping by Jim. I appreciate your encouragement and support more than you know! Grin! It was a thrill to speak to you at the Finding Hope Book Club meetings this year. Reading your book Rooms and watching how it affected the two book clubs was the reason I do book club and read books like yours’. It touched all of us on so many levels. I feel that your book THE CHAIR does the same thing!!

I enjoyed reading The Chair, with it's action, adventure, suspense and a powerful, great message of hope! Loved it! I’m also excited about the book club event at TBCN on OCTOBER 17th at 9:30p.m. Hope you can be there!! THANKS to B and H for the book giveaway that night!

You can enter to win one book here today and then MARK YOU CALENDARS for OCTOBER 17th at 9p.m. for the "Live" event where B and H Publishers will be giving away 5 copies of The Chair!!
MANDATORY - PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT About the interview for your name to be entered in the drawing.

DRAWING WILL BE - OCTOBER 20th

For EXTRA CHANCES to win this book you can


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ALL THE BEST TO YOU


Blessings
Nora :D

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82 comments:

  1. The Chair sounds like a fantastic book, I am super excited to read and review this. thank you for sharing this with us.


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  2. Cool Interview! I have read Rooms and it was extremely good. The Chair is on my wish list of books to get in the future. Thank you for this interview.

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  3. Great interview! My husband loves your books and would love to read this one

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  4. Fantastic interview!! Jim is so great! :) Can't wait to read The Chair! :)

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  5. Loved Rooms and would love to read The Chair. thanks for the interview!

    Gail Mundy

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  6. What a great interview , I havnt ever read any of your books but form the interview and what was said about it id love to have the chance to read it !! And id love to be able to review it and share it with others ! have a wonderful and blessed day !!
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  7. So looking forward to reading this book...thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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  8. I have always loved reading Jim's books and look forward to many more, including this one.

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    Thanks,
    Mike James

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  9. I'm reading "Rooms" right now and loving it!!! I'm so excited to know there is a study to go along with it. Thanks for the info!

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  10. Jim, Great to get to know a bit more about you, and encouraged to find that sometimes your first draft is "a mess." Sort of give me hope. Just finished reading Rooms and loved it. The Chair is on my TBR list, and it would be neat to win a copy.

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  11. I've read James' first two books and am looking forward to reading The Chair. My book club read and discussed Rooms, which introduced me to his books. I find his books stretch my thinking. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of The Chair.

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  12. I'm a follower of your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win a coy of The Chair.

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  13. JULIE - I was intrigued by this book I must say. What happens when a woman enters a story and confronts the owner about a Chair. Not a chair she wants to sell but a Chair he needs to protect!

    I loved how James explores healing on many levels in this story. Healing physically and relationally!! I enjoyed it very much!

    Lee Ann we had Jim speak to Finding Hope book club this year about his book ROOMS!! It was quite fascinating to see the book club members reactions to his book and to hear him talk about the writing of it. It's a very moving story and so is this one. I know you'll like it. Good luck!

    LOLLIPOP - I've read all of Jim's books so far and they all are full of action, adventure and heart!! They always make you think about your relationship with Jesus in a good way. Not preachy or anything like that. Which I LOVE but in a good moving way. The Chair is no exception!

    JAMIE - Thanks for the encouragement about the interview. I LOVE that James always comes up with Fun pictures for me to include in these interviews!! Wow!

    GAIL - If you won't win girl - you can always borrow my copy of The Chair!! Grin! You are such an Encourager!!

    AMBER - What a Treat it will be for you to read The Chair!! After reading this book You'll definitely be telling your friends to get a copy so you can talk about what you just read!

    DEBBIE - This book is good and you'll enjoy it.

    MIKE - It would be interesting to hear a males take on this book. The Chair was an all male cast except for the woman that leaves the chair and a wife or two. It would be fascinating to hear your spin on it. Hope you get a chance to read it!

    BECKY - It is exciting that ROOMS is now a Small Group bible study!! How cool is that. The Study has been on shelves a few weeks now! I'm glad you are enjoying Rooms. You'll like The Chair just as much!

    RICHARD - How FUN to see you here. Finding hope Book Club Is EXCITED to be reading and discussing your book NEXT Month. We will be reading Medical Error. Excited about your new book too. I hope you win. Loved to hear your take on this book from the Male POV!!

    PAM - Our book club read Rooms this year too. If your group liked that book they will LOVE this book too!

    THANKS for all your comments. PLEASE KNOW that IF you don't win on my blog that on MONDAY OCTOBER 17th at 9p.m Eastern Standard Time. you'll have a chance to win FIVE copies of THE CHAIR by James Rubart!!

    It's a "Live" Event and B & H is giving away 5 copies - five chances for you to win James' new book!

    All the Best to you!1 THANKS for stopping by!!

    Nora St.LAurent
    The Book Club NEtwork
    www.bookfun.org

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  14. I loved Rooms and look forward to reading The Chair. Thanks for the interview, Nora. Tisha

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  15. I've read both of Jim's other books, actually read Rooms and then listened to it on audio. It was interesting picking up new things from the story as I listened to it. I read it first as a member of your book club and then again for mine. I am looking forward to leading a small group in the bible study in a few months.
    I have been waiting for this book ever since I first heard about it months ago. I know it will be one I won't want to put down.

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  16. SHERYL - Glad you stopped by. Yes, our group enjoyed Rooms so much. Interesting what you said about listening to the audio book. I bet this would be be GREAT to listen to!!

    You will definitely LOVE The Chair!Thanks for your comment and entry!

    TISHA - Great to see you stopped by. We did Love Rooms as our book club pick. What made it more special was talking to Jim on the phone about his book. What made it memorable was how the book touched each of us differently!! I think everyone will walk away with a little something different from this book as well! Good to see you here!!

    Nora :o)
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  17. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  18. I can identify with jotting down ideas and thoughts and then "moving the scenes around till everything fit." except I use the process to build Bible study lessons for our gals in our assembly. Works pretty good, even in a time crunch.

    I was contemplating a chair being built by Jesus back in His time and think I know just the type of wood He might have used, we were close to the top of a mountain this fall and there is some HARD dry wood that just HAS to last for just centuries and centuries!!

    I'd just LOVE to read this book, thanks for entering me.
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  19. thanks for the chance to read james' latest novel :)

    i'm a follower & email subscriber, too :)

    karenk
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  20. Wow, Jim, this one sounds even better. Congratulations on all the things coming out of your writing world.
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  21. PAMELA - It is fun to think What If there really was a chair like this? Would it help people believe or would it not! And how would people react if they realized you had the Real Deal? Would they kill you for it? Something like that would become all about Power! It was crazy but oh, so true!

    KAREN - This is a good book so moving and suspenseful and fun!!

    LISA - There is so much to this story. I don't want to give anything away! Its a good read!

    THANKS Everyone for stopping by and getting to know Jim and his books.

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network
    www.bookfun.org

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  22. Friends,

    Can I just say I love all the support? Yes I can. And I just did. Thank you! Appreciate all the wonderful comments.

    Jim

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  23. I loved this book. It's a fast-paced suspense novel, but at the heart of it, the story is really about healing--both inner and outer. It was a great blend of suspense, action and a story of someone whose life and heart is unexpectedly transformed. It really made me wonder about the power of religious artifacts! I already own a copy so you can give the book to another of your wonderful readers!

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  24. KERI - I AGREE with you at the heart of the story was the healing of our hearts and relationships with one another and God.

    But wow did he have a great blend of action, adventure and suspense!! Yes, for sure!

    It did make me think about Religious artifacts! I even had to ask Jim if The Chair was real!! He had me believing!

    THANKS for stopping by!

    Blessings

    Nora :o)
    The Book Club Network
    www.bookfun.org

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  25. Loved "Rooms", great discussion at our book club earlier this year. Plan on reading "Book of Days" once it gets back to me! Friends keep lending it to other friends - really high marks.

    Thanks for interview Nora and Jim - and for the opportunity to win a copy of "The Chair".

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  26. Nora - forgot to add my email address. Oops!
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  27. JIM - Thanks for dropping in. I think you do have a few fans. I'm excited about your ROOMS study for small groups. It looks good!

    SHARON - Thanks for stopping in. We did have fun at book club when we talked to Jim on the phone didn't we. I'm so glad you were there that night. Oh, you'll love Book of Days too!

    REMEMBER that if you all don't win a copy of Jim's book here. On OCTOBER 17th at 9p.m. B and H Publishers will be giving away FIVE copies that night. MARK YOU CALENDARS!! Grin!

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network
    www.bookfun.org

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  28. Nora,
    Yes, a great job of writing suspenseful and exciting plot. I think this book would make a great movie, don't you? Any plans, Jim??

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  29. James, thanks for writing a novel with the theme about restoring relationships. We all need that kind of encouragement. I'd love to read The CHAIR.

    Elaine Stock
    estock(at)fairpoint(dot)net

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  30. KERI - Yes, I think it DEFINITELY would make a GREAT Movie!! Love to hear from Jim about if he's had any offers!!

    ELAINE - Yes, the theme was powerful and move naturally throughout the story! I Loved that about this book. It had it all!!

    THANKS everyone for stopping by!! MEMEMBER you'll have another chance to win a copy of this book on the 17th!!

    I'm EXCITED about that opportunity!

    Blessings

    Nora :o)

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  31. As a substitute teacher, I enjoy working with the handicapped. The school has a tough time getting subs as you might guess. I truly feel that those children will be whole in Heaven and rejoice in that fact each time I work with these students.
    I must read this book!

    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

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  32. I follow!

    Charlotte Kay
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  33. CHARLOTTE - Oh, the day we all receive our new bodies in Heaven! This book was fascinating on many levels. I liked how Jim brought in the spiritual thread that talked about relationships and physical healing!! This book is definitely a fun, thought provoking, encouraging read!

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  34. When I first heard about The Chair I was excited to read it. I hope to win a copy, but either way I will buy a copy for myself. And let the ladies in my book club know about it as well!
    I am a follower Nora, and I posted on my blog about the giveaway.
    Jim-much success to you. I can't wait to see what your next books are about-way to keep us in suspense!!! lol!
    Deborah
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  35. DEBORAH - This will Definitely make a GREAT book club pick! There is so much to talk about for sure!

    REMEMBER if you don't win a copy here you can enter the drawing in our "Live" Event on OCTOBER 17th at 9p.m.Eastern Central Time at The Book Club Network's website www.bookfun.org

    THANKS for stopping by and encouraging Jim! His book are fun, suspenseful and thought provoking! A win-win for any book club pick!

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  36. It's great to learn about the authors. I have read Rooms and Book of Days and enjoyed them both. Look forward to reading The Chair. Thanks Nora

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  37. My family watches It's a Wonderful Life every Christmas :)

    Your book sounds interesting. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

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  38. I'm a follower.

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  39. Your blog button is on my blog :)

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  40. Wow, I didn't know that there is a small group study to go with Rooms...how exciting. I think it is a great idea!!

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  41. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/InspiredFiction/status/125759751706525696

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  42. I posted your button on my left sidebar at Inspired by Fiction.

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  43. I posted the button for book club network on my sidebar at Inspired by Fiction.

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  44. We posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

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  45. Second entry...blog post at Winning Readings.

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  46. Your book sounds amazing and I appreciate what you said in your final thoughts.

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  47. I've read Rooms and Book of Days, so I would love a chance at reading Chairs. I think James is a very talented and creative writer. Thanks for the great interview. Loved how personal it felt.

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  48. GFC follower

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  49. tweet; http://twitter.com/#!/fredalicious/status/125777964901216256

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  50. This book sounds interesting. The inspiration that occurs through one's own life or seeing something in others seems to be a way for writers to come up with a story.
    Barbara from Finding Hope Book Club

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  51. What a fun & interesting interview. I have never heard of this author before. It is always great to learn of a new author. The Chair sounds like it would be a fascinating read. Thanks for the chance.
    Joanne Viola
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  52. I loved the idea of the French Polynesia get away! I haven't read ROOMS yet, but I look forward to reading it.
    Shirley
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  53. I'm already a follower.
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  54. Posted on Twitter
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  55. posted about the drawing on my blog "Reading for Him"
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  56. I love the depth of your interviews. I realized I have rooms on my shelf to read and haven't yet. I have read reviews of the Chair and really wanted to read it.
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    Melanie

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  57. I've heard so many good comments about this book and Author! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for this giveaway Nora!

    Blessings,
    Judy B
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  58. I already am a follower!

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  59. Thanks for a great interview!! I enjoy reading more about the authors!!! THis book sounds amazing! I am planning to read all of his books!

    Jennifer

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  60. Thanks, Keri!

    Like most authors, I dream of having one or more of my books turned into movies.

    I'm talking right now with a producer/director in Hollywood who has a passion for my stories, so we'll see where the Lord takes it!

    Jim

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  61. Hi Jim, Enjoyed the interview and have added The Chair to my wish list. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
    Nora, Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

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  65. I think that we most often forget that as a carpenter Jesus would have made many useful objects that lasted for a long time. It's a subject area that is definitely neglected. Also the reminder that God delights in us is definitely something that needs repeating often. Thank you for the great interview.

    Since this is a book on the February read list I would sure like to win it! Thanks Nora for offering all these great books.

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  66. I am a follower of the blog of course, it's great!

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  67. I have your buttons on my blog

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  68. I posted about the draw on my facebook page and my blog

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  69. James is one of my favorite authors. I was inspired by his description of the seemingly haphazard way The Chair came together, which was so different from his process on Rooms and Book of Days. Yet, in the end, he still produced a book that sounds inspiring and intriguing. I can't wait to read it, and hope I am one of the lucky winners! Pat Smith - pbsmith(at)wt(dot)net

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  70. I read Rooms and loved the book. I'm a follower of your blog!!! Betsy

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  71. I tweeted the blog and giveaway.

    Cher :-)

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  72. What a fun interview! Ziplining in French Polynesia...wow! What a fun thing to want to do! Thanks for the reminder of God's love. It's so easy to forget his delight in us (and to feel pretty undelightful). I love the concept of this book and would love to read it. Please include my name in the drawing.

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  73. I really was hoping to win a copy of "The Chair" on Oct. 17th through the Book Club Network and was so thrilled to see I had another opportunity.
    It looks to be a great read and I am anxious to give this a try as well as pick up "Rooms".
    I also, love "It's a Wonderful Life", it makes the holiday extra special to watch this old favorite. Thank you, Jim for the giveaway. Best of luck to you. Carmee Ross

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  74. Forgot my email address: miaross1961@yahoo.com

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this fantastic read! Carmee Ross

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  75. There's now a very cool "prequel" type video on YouTube for The Chair, called Treasure Hunters. Very well done--check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBEh5gabKp0

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  76. This book sounds interesting. I would love to read it. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  77. I now follow via GFC. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  78. This is an unusual book but I would like to read it. Very unusual that a Bible study would be made from a fiction book, but that is outstanding.
    Barbara @ Finding Hope Book Club

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  79. Great interview! I got a good laugh at Jim's comment about asking Simon Peter to teach him how to walk on water.

    I thoroughly enjoyed both Rooms and Book of Days and am very eager to read The Chair also - Jim has a true God-given talent. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

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  80. I am already a follower of your blog.

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  81. I already have your button on my blog (Write About Now).

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