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The Long Journey to Jake Palmer Paperback – August 9, 2016
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'Entwined nicely with Jake’s work concerning personal reflection and self-knowledge, the concept quickly takes over the story’s momentum. Rubart’s (The Five Times I Met Myself) style is candid and unobtrusive, making it easy to visualize the beauty and peace of the lake house. Key themes of forgiveness, rebirth, and emotional healing emerge organically through Jake’s struggles. Rubart will leave readers inspired to ponder what the label is on their bottle.' (Publishers Weekly)
4 1/2 stars. 'Rubart has done it again with another uniquely written, stellar novel. The author comes up with the most original, thought-provoking concepts that readers can take lessons from to apply to their own lives. On the surface, the story is engaging. Jake is a fascinating character with many layers and hidden pain. Yet delve deeper and there is a gold mine full of spiritual and personal treasures to uncover. Who wouldn't want to find a mysterious corridor that grants your deepest desires?' (RT Book Reviews)
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I can't recommend this story enough as well as all of Rubarts books, I have loved all of them, Rooms was particularly amazing as well as the Well Springs Trilogy. All of his books are great so if you haven't read them yet do yourself a favor and dive into them, you'll be glad you did.
Amazing story! 5 Stars!
Rubart points out that we are all flawed and carry baggage from our lives, and internalize it until it only leaves a glimmer of who we are, or what we could become. Through life we buy into the lies that stifle us, but there is a way of redemption and freedom. This book reminds us all of that fact.
I found myself cheering for Jake, crying for Jake, worrying over Jake, praying for Jake, and reminding myself that Jake wasn't real and it would be perfectly okay to go to sleep because Jake was, in fact, just fine.
As Jake journeyed into the corridor, I went with him every step, every breath of the way.
Fabulous writing! Fantastic story line! A journey you don't want to miss!!
Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.
When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.
Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.
But the journey will become more treacherous with each step Jake takes.
It's not a spoiler to tell you that Jake finds the corridor and while he's in it, his deepest longings are fulfilled. But when he leaves the corridor, he goes back to being the way he was--an angry, bitter and scared man who doesn't know who he is any longer after he's burned and his wife divorces him because he's no longer whole. You will find yourself rooting for Jake to learn what the corridor is trying to teach him. I loved the way Rubart shows us that we all wear labels but the labels are not always accurate. I think you will enjoy this deep and moving story.
The story follows Jake on an annual vacation with several of his friends. This adventure follows a series of unfortunate events for Jake, including a violent physical injury and a much unwanted divorce. Jake’s spirit is crushed and he nearly refuses to go on this life changing journey. A change of venue is exactly what he needed to be persuaded. By divine providence, Jake sits next to a man on a flight who just happens to know of the perfect place for their annual getaway.
While on this vacation he hears of a local legend that he decides to investigate. Turns out this legend is real, and Jake finds it.
This is where the supernatural meets reality in the book. Jake visits different realms of existence, each varying in depth and intensity but confronting a painful reality in Jake’s life. These visits lead to a final "test" of sorts. Ultimately, through the confrontations, he steps out of denial, through recovery, and into a restored life in Christ.
When I read this book, I was struggling with my identity so it was a well timed read for me. Just like Jake Palmer, I needed the approval and acceptance of others so I could feel good about myself, defining who I was by what others thought. BUT, just who did God create me to be? This book certainly helped me discover pain I held inside, pain I didn't even know was there. Once discovered, I was able to confront the lies I believed about myself and step forward into the confidence of knowing who God made me to be.
A highly recommended read!
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