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About the Author

James L. Rubart is a professional marketer, speaker, and writer. He serves on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association and lives with his wife and sons in Seattle, Washington.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; Original edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433671514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433671517
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, THE CHAIR, SOUL'S GATE, and MEMORY'S DOOR. He's also a professional speaker and owner of Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm.

In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn't sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he's young enough to water ski like a madman. More at http://jameslrubart.com/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesLRubart

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Cara Putman VINE VOICE on December 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Book of Days is a page-turner from James Rubart. With some authors it's hard to sustain the success of a first novel. But with this book, the author has exceeded the skill he showed with his debut release.

Cameron Vaux's losing his mind. Each day it feels like his memories are slipping farther and farther away. In a desperate effort to restore them and avoid the end his father faced, he makes a desperate bid to find the Book of Days, a mysterious volume that both his father and his wife made him promise to find before they died. The search takes him to a small town in Oregon that is filled with secrets and hidden agendas. If his plight weren't so desperate, it would be easy to give up but he can't.

He is helped on his search by his reluctant friend Ann Bannister, who has her own reasons for being in town. And her presence adds a touch of romance to the book.

The plot hurtles through twists just like a rock climber who's slipped in their climb. The result is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and couldn't put down. One aspect that I loved the most is that I did not identify the person behind the suspense thread. In many books lately, I've been able to do that, so it was a welcome relief to have a book that surprised me at the end. This book is perfect for those who like suspense with a twist. This time that twist is what if people thought the book of days really existed...here on earth?
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Haschke on December 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I recently had the opportunity to review Book of Days, James Rubart's upcoming novel. The book draws from Mr. Rubart's personal experience as his father, who passed away during the writing, dealt with Alzheimer's disease.

About the book:

Cameron Vaux's mind is slipping. Memories of his wife, killed two years earlier, are vanishing, just as his dying father said they would. So Cameron goes on a quest to find "the book with all the days in it" that both his father and his wife had mentioned to him. He enlists the help of his late wife Jessie's best friend, Ann, an investigative reporter who believes the book is a farce, but in spite of herself is drawn into the search. It quickly becomes apparent that others with evil motivations are also searching for this mysterious book, and are even willing to kill for it.

My thoughts:

I wanted to like this book. I enjoyed the writing and felt that the characters were well-developed and believable. But the plot? Not so much. It did keep my attention with many twists and turns...I can see that Mr. Rubart doesn't write the type of mystery that you have figured out after reading the first couple of chapters. But the entire premise was just, well, strange. An actual mysterious "book" written by God with all the days of our lives written in it? Maybe so, but not where we can physically locate it. I appreciated the point Mr. Rubart was trying to make...that God does "keep all our days"...but I just didn't enjoy the plotline he used to attempt to communicate that. Still, I felt that the book was well-written and the characters were likable. I wouldn't mind reading more by Mr. Rubart in the future.

Book of Days releases January 1, 2011.

Julie Gwinn at B&H Publishing provided my advance copy, but all opinions are my own.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ane Mulligan on December 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Wow! Fast paced and well-crafted, I couldn't put this thriller down. I love it when I find an allegorical thread woven beneath the surface of an exciting book. Like Rooms, Book of Days robbed me of a night's sleep. James Rubart is a Master Storyteller. Novel Journey and I highly recommend Book of Days--it's a 5 star read!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Comer on July 4, 2011
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Cameron Vaux is desperate. Though only 33 years old, he's starting to lose his memories. Memories of all-too-few years with his wife, Jessie. Memories of his dad, who had Alzheimers and died too young. And memories of things he'd done last week. Or even yesterday.

Both his dad and Jessie had spoken of something they'd seen in the Oregon mountains, a book that showed the future and the past. A book, his dad said, that contained all one's days. Before he died, he told Cameron it would cure him of his memory loss, if only he could find it.

Eight years later, Cameron is desperate enough to go on a wild goose chase to Three Peaks, Oregon. He invites Jessie's best friend, Ann, to come along. Together they search the town and the area for information about the Book of Days. A cult has sprung up here worshiping the mythical book-or is it real? One man, Taylor Stone, seems to hold the key. But he's not talking.

I couldn't figure out why Cameron asked Ann on this journey, or why she came, since the two had never gotten along in the past. Still, she has her uses as a climbing companion, lock picker, and romantic interest. Even with that question in mind, I enjoyed following Cameron and Ann's adventures as they tracked the rumors about the book and deliberated whether it was all a New Age hoax or a carefully guarded secret of truth. As with his previous book, Rooms, Rubart rides the line between a contemporary novel and speculative.

The concept for Book of Days comes from Psalm 139:16-"Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be." The author shares what a comfort this verse was to him when Alzheimers claimed his own dad. His dad's memories weren't gone completely-God still knew where they were and had recorded them in his book.
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