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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Five Times I Met Myself

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 ChairSoul's GateMemory's Door, andSpirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest.

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About the book: 
The Five Times I Met Myself
 (Thomas Nelson, November 2015)

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.

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My Thoughts:
I read a lot of books...well over 70 or so this year.  The Five Times I Met Myself is the most unique fiction title I think I have read maybe ever.  James Rubart is a new author to me and now one of my favorites.  I am anxious to check out his other works.
Rubart has written a book that exudes the idea of a "do-over".  The idea of lucid dreaming allows Brock to visit his younger self at different points to offer advice and a seemingly better direction for his life.  Brock's story goes much deeper than just desiring a little redirection.  Rubart writes a story about relationships in The Five Times I Met Myself... husband and wife, brothers, and father and son.  The depth of emotion I felt while reading the book was at times overwhelming.
Although Rubart goes back and forth in terms of time sequences, he does so with fluidity.  The story was so gripping for me that I started the book and was immediately invested in the plot and the characters.  Rubart keeps you guessing and more importantly hoping.  
"Do you think God speaks?  Talks to us?"
"Sometimes I think yes, sometimes I'm not so sure."
"Neither am I."  The doctor chuckled.  "But I'm starting to lose my balance on the fence and believe I'm falling."
"Which side are you coming down on?"
"That he does speak.  If we're willing to slow down enough to listen.  And if we're willing to act on what he says."
In the end, while questioning what was "real" and what wasn't, readers will walk away more importantly with the undeniable belief that God is a God of healing and restoration. The path to that understanding may look different for all of us, but it is available...if only "we're willing to slow down enough to listen."

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for giving my review.

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Happy Reading Ya'll,