I wasn't sure what to expect when I started 'The Chair' - because this is the first book that I've read by James L. Rubart - but I'm pleased to say that I really enjoyed it! It had suspense, drama, and a good story.
If you were given an ancient-looking chair and told Jesus Christ made it, would you believe it?
Corin Roscoe, the owner of an antiques store, is given a chair and told it was made by the most talented craftsman the world has ever known. He is then taken on an intense journey of grief, joy, sorrow, and restoration.
He lives with guilt over pain from the past, deals with claustrophobia, and is afraid of going in water because of something that happened when he was young.
I found many parts of 'The Chair' weird (which I think was the intent) and I felt as though I was reading a mystery. There was so much going on, but until the end you didn't know the full intent (and even now I'm still slightly confused). I feel there should have been at least one more chapter (or at least an epilogue) - the ending didn't feel like the end (if that makes sense).
I found the characters intriguing. People you thought were friends, were foes. And people you thought were against Corin, were actually for Corin.
'The Chair' puts a whole new light on James L. Rubart's books. I now plan to read other books by him in the future. I recommend this if you enjoy reading books that have a slightly weird plot, but are really interesting (kind of like Ted Dekker's books).
*Many thanks to B&H publishing and JKSCommunications for my review copy.*
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Available September 15, 2011.