It was just a letter. Cryptic, yes. Absurd? Absolutely. But Seattle software tycoon Micah Taylor can’t get it out of his mind—this claim that a home was built for him, by a great uncle he never knew, on the Oregon coast. In Cannon Beach. The one place he loves. The one place he never wants to see again.
Micah goes to Cannon Beach intending to sell the house and keep his past buried, but the nine thousand square-foot home instantly feels like it’s part of him. Then he meets Sarah Sabin at the local ice cream shop… Maybe Cannon Beach can be a perfect weekend getaway.
But strange things happen in the house. Things Micah can’t explain. Things he can barely believe. All the locals will say is that the house is “spiritual.” Unsettling, since Micah’s faith slipped away like the tide years ago. And then he discovers the shocking truth: the home isn’t just spiritual, it’s a physical manifestation. Of his soul. Will Micah run—or will he risk everything to see what waits for him deep within the house’s ROOMS?
My Review: I came to this book already rooting for James Rubart because I met him briefly at the ACFW Conference and was struck by his completely genuine personality. His story didn't disappoint.
Micah Taylor’s life is complete. He’s got everything: fame, a million-dollar business, a nice car, a beautiful girlfriend, and a penthouse overlooking Seattle’s skyline. His life is perfect—or so it seems. His inheritance from an uncle he’s never met in the form of a mansion by the beach sends Micah on a quest to understand his long-dead relative, but soon his search broadens to something far more important—and troubling.
Each time a new room appears in his nine thousand square-foot home, Micah discovers something about himself…and it’s not always good. As his life in Cannon Beach evolves, his life in Seattle begins to disintegrate. Micah longs for the success of Seattle, the calm of Cannon Beach. He can't have both.
Hurtling toward an ultimate choice, Micah is forced to face his worst enemy, one he previously thought a friend.
Although this is not a book I'd typically pick up to read—contemporary, somewhat spooky cover—Rubart’s thoroughly unique story had me enthralled and searching the rooms of my own soul.
I’d highly recommend this book to anyone on a journey to follow Christ. But don’t expect to sit back and relax, for Micah’s journey will surely become your own.
Looking forward to more from James Rubart!