Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: The Chair
Author: James L. Rubart
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Release Date: September 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Suspense
Year/Setting: Present day/Colorado Springs
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
James's Website/Blog: www.jimrubart.com
Corin Roscoe owns Corin’s Antiques in Colorado Springs. This is a truly beautiful spot on the face of the earth to live, and Corin is a man who enjoys making beautiful items, finding antiques, and putting them in his store for all to see. What Corin can not possibly foresee, however, is a woman coming in with a chair and letting him know that for the next two months the chair will be his. This woman warns him that negative and positive things can come from the chair because it is, after all, built by the most famous carpenter who ever set foot on the planet - the carpenter’s name was…Jesus.
Corin has no idea what to say to the lady - basically thinking she is beyond loony - but he takes the chair because she simply will not leave until he does. It is certainly a basic chair with no odd carvings or jewels bedazzle it; the item is made of simple olive wood, yet the chair seems to emit a feeling of calmness and a bit of electricity when Corin makes contact with it.
Corin is a man who everyone sees as a thrill-seeker. He likes jumping off cliffs, out of planes, riding bicycles so fast that he could literally take a corner and die - he is the poster child for testosterone. Unfortunately, long ago that testosterone and a bad choice lost Corin his beloved brother, and he hasn’t been able to live with himself since. Not only that, but a moment in his past caused Corin to become extremely claustrophobic - to the point where he can honestly scare himself to death if enclosed in a small space for too long.
This artifact in Corin’s store seems to be doing nothing to help him in his own life but, oddly enough, a young boy with an asthma condition that could cause his death very easily sits in the chair for a brief time and is magically cured! Soon there are others who arrive who experience changes in their own lives after taking a brief respite in the furniture that was supposedly carved by the hand of Christ.
Corin not only has to deal with all the oddities occurring around him, but he also finds himself being stalked by a strange "preacher-man" who seems to be far more interested in the chair than allowing Corin to live.
Is ‘The Chair’ really curing people’s ailments? Is ‘The Chair’ really what this woman says it is? And is this woman really from an ancient order that was specifically created to protect the relics of the Son of God? All of these questions are answered in this amazingly fast-paced - very COOL - adventure that offers thrills, chills, and a wealth of emotion that will leave the reader feeling truly inspired! Enjoy!
Until next time,
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