Monday, November 16, 2015

The Five Times I Met Myself

The Five Times I Met Myself
James L. Rubart
(Thomas Nelson)
ISBN: 978-1401686116
November 2015/400 pages/$15.99

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.


James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of Days, The Chair, Soul’s Gate, Memory’s Door, and Spirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest.

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Once again, James L. Rubart has written a book that wrapped itself around my mind and made me think. This is not a rehash of Back to the Future but a serious look at what might happen if a man decided to "fix" his current circumstances by convincing his twenty-three-year-old self (through lucid dreams) to make different decisions. If, like me, you are a little hesitant at the idea of lucid dreams, don't let that stop you from reading this incredible story. Those are simply the vehicle Rubart uses within the novel (as opposed to Marty McFly's DeLorean!) to move Brock between his present and his past. Rubart creates gripping scenes with poignant family dynamics that pulled me into the story and kept glued to the pages. This is not a casual read, as I had to pay close attention to know what reality Brock was in. The ending was worth the "work," however, and this is another masterpiece by Rubart of God's redemption and grace. A must-read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity Group as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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