Monday, November 23, 2015

The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart - REVIEWED

About the Book:

What if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?

Brock Matthews’ once promising life is unraveling. His coffee company. His marriage.

So when he discovers his vivid dreams—where he encounters his younger self—might let him change his past mistakes, he jumps at the chance. The results are astonishing, but also disturbing.

Because getting what Brock wants most in the world will force him to give up the one thing he doesn’t know how to let go . . . and his greatest fear is that it’s already too late.

My Thoughts:
Gotta have faith.  Gotta trust.  Gotta hold onto the evidence of thing not yet seen.  I might have figured out the important thins later in life that I wanted to, but I’ve got ‘em in my back pocket now.”  (p.315)

It is truly an amazing thing to fully surrender to the living God.”  (p. 377)

James Rubart leads readers to these truths as only he can lead as a writer.  He uses the concept of Lucid Dreaming as a vehicle to deliver a life changing tale!  Truly, this story may center around Brock Matthews and his falling apart life, but by the time you reach the end of the story, you will understand a far deeper and greater truth about a life that pleases God.  About the freedom that comes when we surrender our lives to our Creator and break free from the thought that life is just the sum total of our good and bad choices.  Freedom comes with surrender, and that is what Brock Matthews learns as he journeys back and forth between present reality and the lucidity of dreams that focus on past choices.

I don’t think there is a person alive that wouldn’t change some of their life choices if given an opportunity to view the outcome through the lens of long term consequences.  But the truth is, even if we make bad choices and face unpleasant circumstance as a result of those choices, God can still redeem our lives in significant ways that brings us good and Him glory. 

This IS a story of redemption in its truest sense!  The vehicle of the delivery of this truth may seem a bit fanstastical, but in its context, it echoes a reality that we each face at some point in our lives.  My most honest response?  AMEN!! And AMEN!! And AMEN!!  I’ve lived this redemption out in my own life very recently, and, once again, God’s timing with this story is so much more than amazing!!  ENJOY!!

About the Author:
James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of DaysThe Chair, Soul's Gate, Memory'Door, and Spirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest. Website: Twitter: @jameslrubart Facebook: JamesLRubart

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