Wednesday, February 16, 2011
On My Nightstand - Rooms by James L. Rubart
When he receives a letter from his long-dead Uncle Archie informing him he's inherited a house at Cannon Beach, he's disturbed and a little angry. He's shunned that area for years because of unhappy childhood memories.
Micah finally checks out the house, and finds a home. It reflects every part of him and takes him on an unexpected spiritual journey.
As I read Rooms, I was struck by how much it reminded me of The Shack. Both characters faced a traumatic experience that affected their lives. God leads each one through a process of healing and forgiveness.
Mr. Rubart reached deep into Micah's soul, wading through all the confusion, anger, and hurt of his past. He didn't rush the process or give easy answers. The battles within Micah's heart resonated with some of my own life events.
I'm not one to re-read books other than the Bible, but I find myself drawn to it. I suspect I haven't uncovered layers of meaning. While it held my attention and moved along at a nice pace, I suggest taking time to pause and reflect on his points. There were many "Selah" moments for me.
I would give this book as a gift without hesitation. I hope many people discover this unusual and effective story.
Have you read any novels that impacted your spiritual life in unexpected ways? I'd like to hear about it.