The Chair James L. Rubart Paperback, 400 pp., $14.99 B&H Fiction (September 1, 2011)
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? Corin’s life shatters as he searches for the truth about the artifact and the unexplained phenomena surrounding it. What’s more, he’s not the only one willing do almost anything to possess the power seemingly connected to the chair.
Kaye Redmond stages houses for resale, so masking trouble spots with strategic decor comes naturally. She does it in her personal life as well: her can-do attitude and ready smile disguising the emotional wear-and-tear of a failed marriage and raising a teenage daughter alone. But when her former mother-in-law comes back around, desperate for a place to stay while recovering from a botched facelift, Kaye begins to realize there’s a much more authentic way to brighten one’s countenance: look to God and His plan for her life.
Petra, the wondrous city carved from the mountains of Jordan, is at the height of its glory. A young widow, Cassia, and her son, Alexander, have arrived seeking protection. But when Cassia discovers the man she married was heir to the throne, the queen plots to murder Alexander so that her own child will someday rule. The queen calls on demonic powers in her quest, but Cassia is prepared for the fierce spiritual battle to save her son, joining a community of believers in the Jewish Messiah. Together they seek a mighty movement of God stronger than any dark heart or city of stone.
She knew this earth when it was perfect—like her, for a time. Made by God in a manner like no other, she lived in utter peace without flaw in paradise until one fateful decision changed everything. Now, all humanity suffers for her mistake. But what did it feel like then to first sin and be exiled, to see all innocence crumble so vividly, and a strange new world take its place? Experience the epic dawn of mankind through the eyes and heart of Eve—the woman first known as Havah.