If someone gave you a chair and said it was made by Jesus Christ, would you believe them?
When an elderly lady shows up in Corin Roscoe's antiques store and gives him a chair she claims was crafted by Jesus, he scoffs. But when a young boy is miraculously healed two days after sitting in the chair, he stops laughing and starts wondering . . . could this chair heal the person whose life Corin destroyed twelve years ago?
As word spreads of the boy's healing, a mega-church pastor is determined to manipulate Corin into turning over the chair. And that mysterious woman who gave him the piece flits in and out of his life like a shadow, insinuating it's Corin's destiny to guard the chair above everything else. But why?
I really enjoy Jim Rubart's novels and have no excuse for the lengthy delay in reading his 2011 release, The Chair! It is another character driven novel with supernatural elements that will stimulate and challenge your thinking. Corin is an intriguing character, driven by blinding fears yet unafraid to push his body and mind to the edge of all things sane. Corin's struggle with his past and present reflects what most of us battle, underlying fears, regret and guilt warring with our desire to hope for healing and wholeness. Jim uses the chair itself to underscore his spiritual message and thankfully resists the pull to tie up all the loose ends. While ROOMS remains my favourite of Jim's books The Chair is a worthy addition to any book collection.
With thanks to B&H Publishing for my review copy