Book Review: The Five Times I Met Myself: A Novel by James Rubart


I just finished reading The Five Times I Met Myself by James Rubart. Wow. Just wow. I have never read a book by this author before but I plan to read his other books soon. I had a hard time putting this book down and finished it within a couple of days.

In The Five Times I Met Myself, I read about Brock Matthews and his life. His life wasn't going so good with his coffee company, his marriage, his other relationships, and most importantly with God. Then Brock starts having dreams, vivid dreams where he talks to his younger self about making changes earlier in his life. . .about "fixing" mistakes and making his life "better." Only maybe making those changes doesn't "work." Life may not all be better. The biggest change Brock needs to make, he may make too late.

You will have to read this book and find out whether Brock made the "right" changes or not. I encourage you to do just that. I don't want to spoil the plot on this book and share too much. Honestly, I haven't read a fiction book in a long time, but I highly recommend this one. This book touched me and changed me from reading it. I flew through the story with Brock, experienced several emotions and felt a bit let down that I had to reached the end when it was done. . .and that is what I expect from good fiction.

I think I can share one of my favorite paragraphs without it being a spoiler:
"Our choices lead us to life or lead us to death, and as I now vividly know, what we do in our present certainly affects what we become in the future. But in the end, there is only now, only this moment in which to life. The future does not exist. So I will live now. The past is gone and cannot be retrieved, so I will live now. There is only the present. So I will live in this moment." (from p. 337 on my ibooks version)

I can only hope to try to keep that passage in mind as I go forward in my own life, making the best of the choices that I have already made and living each day for God.

I received this book from Booklook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

About the Author
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. Website: www.jameslrubart.com Twitter: @jameslrubart Facebook: JamesLRubart

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