Monday, November 23, 2015

“The Five Times I Met Myself” by James L. Rubart

The Five Times I Met Myself
by James L. Rubart   
Contemporary Fiction
Thomas Nelson 

Litfuse, Thomas Nelson, and James L. Rubart are thrilled to offer James's new book, The Five Times I Met Myself, for review. Fans of It's a Wonderful Life and Andy Andrews' stories will love The Five Times I Met Myself.
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.

Advance Praise
A powerfully redemptive story with twists and turns that had me glued to every page. With a compelling message for anyone who longs to relive their past, The Five Times I Met Myself is another James L. Rubart masterpiece.
---Susan May Warren, bestselling author of the Christiansen Family series
If you think fiction can't change your life and challenge you to be a better person, you need to read The Five Times I Met Myself.
---Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of How Do You Kill 11 Million People, The Noticer & The Traveler's Gift

 Meet the Author
James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-seller Rooms and award-winning Soul's Gate, the book that precedes Memory's Door in the Well Spring series. Rubart and his wife have two sons and live in the Pacific Northwest.

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Here's my review of this encouraging novel:
First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to James L. Rubart and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Five Times I Met Myself" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
Initially, “The Five Times I Met Myself” by James L. Rubart reminded me of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” except that it began in May.  This unique novel also reminds me a bit of the Biblical Job because it is about a man (Brock Matthews) with lots of troubles: the family business is going belly-up as is his relationship with his brother/business partner, his marriage is failing, he has regrets over other failed relationships, so his life is coming apart.
“The Five Times I Met Myself” is a heartwarming novel that showcases the value of forgiveness and “letting go and letting God”.  Told in dreamland flashbacks, this beautifully crafted story will have you contemplating the status of your own relationships and how you can improve them.  The reader will also be led to contemplate which battles are worth fighting and what is truly important in life.  What a wonderfully thought-provoking book!

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