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The Five Times I Met Myself Paperback – November 10, 2015
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'The clear message about loving others, relying on God, and focusing on your family leads up to an emotional conclusion. A spiritual and family-centered book that will appeal to readers of inspirational fiction.' (Kirkus Reviews)
'Plot tensions are sometimes too convenient, and Brock’s unimpeachable fidelity and overall naivety rings false at times---especially set against his hard-nosed brother and ruthless business adversaries. Despite the often clunky plotting, Rubart infuses raw passion into his characters’ struggles with faith, loss, regret, and missed opportunities. A fine plunge into the psychological depths of married middle-age life.' (Publishers Weekly)
'Rubart does it again with another intriguing, thought-provoking concept. The author weaves in strong spiritual truth and opportunities for self-examination in addition to the fascinating premise.' - 4 1/2 starred and a Top Pick (RT Book Reviews)
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Brock Matthews regrets some of the decisions he’s made in his life. Now his marriage and business are both falling apart, and he wishes he could have a “do-over” for the trajectory of his life. When he discovers a deep, psychological dream technique called lucid dreaming, he embraces the method, traveling back in his dreams (and in real life) to encounters with a younger version of himself. Unfortunately, changing the past has unexpected—and undesired—results. Brock must decide if he’s willing to let go of some of the most important things in his life and whether a do-over is such a great idea after all.
The tag line of this book is “What if you met your twenty-three-year-old self in a dream? What would you say?” This novel is about looking over your shoulder, wondering if you could have done it better, if you should have done it differently, and how to deal with the decisions that have been made—good or bad. Jim Rubart says this book will set you free, and I believe it. Powerful, powerful message. Thought-provoking fiction.
I started this book and finished it in under 24 hours. I managed to cram 14 hours of work in there somewhere. Yes, he kept me up late reading this one. How? Incredible skill in setting the scene. Authentic dialogue. A solid foundation of mystery. Most of all, creating a vision that caused me to question my own life.
I won’t chuck any spoilers into this review. But if you’ve ever had a moment to question your motives and behavior (we all have) you need to read this book. If you’ve ever wished you could go back and warn your younger self about the pitfalls of life and how to avoid them, you should turn the pages.
Most of all, if you want to live in God’s Kingdom at the end of your days, this book will help nudge you in the right direction.
I just purchased James Rubart’s next book. I know it will be as good as this one. My future self told me so.
The faith journey throughout was a bit rough for me, as there were several moments it seemed God and faith were being made fun of, but that thread got redeemed well in the final eight chapters. It was good to see that a fictional character could learn from their spiritual mistakes and find redemption, just as many Christians in the real world do.
This story reminded me of the movie Frequency, which stars Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. Both stories were a bit strange but enjoyable.
* marital affairs
* one crude comment
I was not compensated for my honest review.
The premise of this book immediately captured my attention while the story managed to keep me turning the pages until the very end. One of the greatest compliments a writer can receive is when a reader tells us that they can "see" the scenes unfolding as the characters drive the tempo and narrative of the storyline. Such is the case with this book. In fact, I found myself drawn in so quickly I had to smile when I suddenly realized I too had begun to vividly develop the scenes unfolding around me with every line I read. I realized Rubart had written something special when I recognized that I read some twenty-five pages AFTER I had planned to go to sleep for the evening.
If you're looking for a book that poses the elusive, yet plausible, notion that there is something special about our dreams that we can all relate to, then I highly recommend The Five Times I Met Myself. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to one day see this present itself on the big screen. Most all of the elements of a great story are present; there is love, deceit, intrigue, compassion, and even a "hidden box" that, once discovered, holds a valuable message for both the protagonist and the reader. Simply brilliant!
Well done, James, well done indeed.
Amazon.com Best-Selling Author of Dream Operative
In the weirdest way, I was meant to read this story, at this moment. I've been wanting to read this book since it came out but have shuffled it around in my to be read pile. Until now. The very month I've been given the assignment in my church leadership class to write a letter to my younger self.
I am inspired by Brock's journey of meeting himself to make his life better and ultimately to become a better man.
I could not put this book down. So much to consider about what we can and cannot change and how God intervenes in our lives.