Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

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:

There are few stories in the world that truly make you think beyond the pages but this is one of them. What if you could go back in your life and change the things that didn't work out? Get a do-over? What could possibly happen if you dropped that tiny pebble into the ocean of your life?

Well, you'd probably find yourself in the very pages of this book. As I was reading I began to feel a little similar to one of my favorite Christmas movies- It's A Wonderful Life but unlike Jimmy Stewart's character who gets to see the affect his life had on those around him encouraging him to believe his life has, in fact, been wonderful, Brock Matthews experiences an opportunity to change his past in an attempt to create the best future...which, as you can guess, doesn't exactly turn out that way.

Mr. Rubart's ability to torment me throughout Brock Matthews' story, as I kept turning page after page to see what would happen next, I realized was me trying to figure out what I would do next? What would I do in the character's situation? Would I have made the same decisions? Would I be able to handle the outcome? In the end, the story transitioned from a fictional character into my own. Even in the end when I was less than satisfied with the course the character's life took it made me realize that just because we choose to live rightly-it doesn't mean our reality will be easier or without trouble but rather it puts our focus where it belongs.

The Christian element is strong in this book and I found myself struggling with some of the theological narrative but the story is an every-man's story and I think most readers come away from the story satisfied.

You can purchase The Five Times I Met Myself HERE or find out more about James L. Rubart at his page HERE

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