Sunday, December 19, 2010
Author: James L. Rubart
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 Sabin at a nearby ice cream shop, he has two reasons to visit the beach every weekend. When bizarre things start happening in the rooms of the home, Micah suspects they have some connection to his enigmatic new friend, Rick, the town mechanic. But Rick will only say the house is spiritual. This unnerves Micah because his faith slipped away like the tide years ago, and he wants to keep it that way. But as he slowly discovers, the home isn-t just spiritual, it-s a physical manifestation of his soul, which God uses to heal Micah-s darkest wounds and lead him into an astonishing new destiny.
One word: Uh--Maze--Ing! Okay, I'm done.
Well, maybe not really. lol I read a lot of comments about how good this book was but nobody really said why, and since I was heavily into historical romances (and still am most of the time) I kind of gave it a pass. When I did get the opportunity to get it I remembered all the hype and picked it up - as a sort of "just in case I have time" kind of thing. I'm so glad I did.
This isn't light reading though. Rooms is the kind of book that makes you look deep inside yourself and ask questions. The author does a brilliant job portraying the realistic battles that a Christian faces. What do you believe? Whose voice do you listen to? What is truly important and gives you the most happiness and fulfillment? What are you willing to sacrifice?
Micah is not only three dimensional and believable as a character, but he could be any one of us. This story is full of mystery, hope, faith, tragedy, friendship, and - most of all - love. If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, then I hope you'll pick up a copy soon. Make it a Christmas present to yourself.
Posted by Margaret Metz at 4:28 PM