Driving slows down my reading

The Chair by James L.  Rubart; 2011; $14.99; 388 pages; B&H Publishing, Nashville, TN; 978-14336-7152-4; Fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 1/3-1/9

Why did I pick this up?  I was introduced to James Rubart by a coworker who recommended Rooms and I liked it so much that I picked up Book of Days.  I have now read 3/4 of his works and am looking forward to reading Soul’s Gate.

What is the story?  Corin is an adrenaline junkie with some phobias and some very damaged relationships.  One day a mysterious little old lady drops off a chair and implies that it had some kind of special power.  There are a couple of different groups that are interested in the chair and are willing to go some extreme measures to obtain it.  Corin is dealing with a guilty conscience because of an accident his brother was involved in.  The chair ends up with some special power that enables some restoration in a few different areas and ways.

Did I like it?  Yes, I really like the way the author is able to write mysteries and relationships at the same time.


What is with the title of the review?  I have been driving a friends car since December 26th, so I haven’t been reading as much.  I have a one hour commute each way via two buses and a train when I don’t drive, so I plug in my iPod and read.  I gave the car back yesterday when my friend was released from the polar vortex over the Midwest.



the future is a choice

Book of Days by James L. Rubart, 2011; $14.99; 381 pages; B&H Publishing, Nashville, TN; 978-14336-7151-7; Fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 11/28-12/02

Why did I pick this up?  Rubarts’ first book Rooms was recommended to me and after I read it I was so impressed that I decided to read the rest of his work.

What is the story?  Cameron has lost his father and his wife and as they died they both mentioned a “book of days”  which would help Cameron and his memory and his life.  He goes looking for the book and enlists the help of his wifes’ foster sister.  There is an emotional barrier between them, as Cameron and Ann start their quest.  Ann is on her own quest seeking answers about her mother.  They go to the town of Three Peaks, Oregon and run into all kinds of interference both emotionally and physically.  They are confronted and stymied by people on all sides of the town and the issues.  As they pursue their goals they learn about their spiritual lives and grow spiritually.

Did I like it?  Yes, it was an interesting look at spiritual lives and how our spirituality affects our daily lives.


What is with the title of  the review?  Several of the characters think that if they will find out what their futures are, but what happens to two of the characters prove that our choices influence the future.


DIY Trilogy!

Rooms by James L. Rubart; 2010; $14.99; 385 pages; B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN; 978-0-8054-4888-7; Fiction; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 11/18-11/20

Why did I read this?  The last time the Multnomah County Library Readers Advisory met I asked for a recommendation and was given this.

What is the story?  Software megastar Micah Taylor receives a mysterious letter from an uncle he barely knew, 12 years after the Uncle died.  His uncle has had a home built for him in Canon Beach, Oregon.  When he goes  visit the home he notices that there are some rooms that come and go and grow. Each of these rooms has something to do with Micahs’ spiritual growth and his spiritual life.  He begins to question many things in his life and like the little boy coming home from the dentist he begins to question what is real life.  As he grows in his spiritual life his life begins to change, and he is not sure whether that is good or not and sees how spiritual change affects life.

Did I like it?  Yes, it was a very good book that made me think much about my life and there were portions of it that seemed right out of my life.


What is with the title of the review?  This could join The Shack and House as a trilogy of books that are very convicting and deal with our spiritual lives in an allegorical manner.