Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Book Review: Rooms: A Novel by James L. Rubart

“What would you find if you walked into the rooms of your soul?”  Micah literally finds out when he inherits a home built especially for him by his great uncle, Archie.  Micah is a software tycoon who has it all ~ fame, fortune, and a beautiful girlfriend who loves him, yet something is missing…  And it takes a supernatural force for him to realize that what he is missing a relationship with God.

As a young man, Micah had enjoyed a close relationship with God but as his fortune grew, his focus became centered on storing up worldly treasures in direct conflict with the scriptures.  Matthew 16:26 says: “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?  Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”  This scripture becomes the guiding force behind the novel and, ultimately, leads to Micah’s freedom.

The overriding theme of this novel is freedom and it’s expressed in a variety of ways:  spiritual freedom, emotional freedom, physical freedom, etc.  Of course, all of this is written with a focus on developing a close relationship with God through the total surrender of one’s self to His will.

I found the premise of this novel to be interesting.  Micah is apparently a software and business genius but when it comes to spiritual matters he is just as confused and, well, lost as the rest of us.  For example, Micah hears a voice that whispers to him all the things that he needs/wants to hear and the words seem to be biblical but they also seem to contradict the Word that Micah knows to be true.  Rather than testing the voice (as we are admonished in the Bible), Micah allows himself to be seduced into believing that he can serve two masters ~ God and himself.

This novel would make an excellent book for a book group because the novel raises so many interesting questions.  For example, who is friend and who is foe?  What is truth?  Do we have to give it all up in order to serve God?  The author also provides a list of discussion questions at the end of the book to help get the talking started.  Definitely a journey for the spirit and the heart.

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