Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Five Times I Met Myself - Really?

What would you do if you can go back and change the past? What would you do? Will you or won't you? Will you be ready for the consequences?

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Title:  The Five Times I Met Myself
Author:  James L. Rubart
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: November 10, 2015



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.

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GOODNESS! Now did that not pack a punch!?! The Five Times I Met Myself just gave me an image of how one's destiny is not really what you can control. Life is made of choices you've made, and you may learn from it, but ultimately only God can see our lives as a whole.  Good or bad, there's no turning back. And even if you can, what are the consequences?  An image of the "connections" we have. Our lives are connected with others. Our choices not only affect us, but how it interacts and affects others, sometimes it's seen and known, sometimes it's not, and the ripple effect of choices may not even be fathomable.  

Do I want to change the past, correct a past mistake or warn my old self the dangers I will face? Sure, but should I? If one thinks about it, you are who you are today based on your past experiences and those past experiences may be the very reason you react or think a certain way. It may even be the reason why you've accepted God into your life. Why would you want to change that? It is best said by Brock, our main character, "...I'm not going to worry about the day after that till it gets here. Jesus said each day had enough worries to deal with...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 live.  The future does not exist.  So I will live now. The past is gone and cannot be retrieved...there is only the present." (377-378).  I know - it's too much thinking and that's what The Five Times I Met Myself had me thinking. It is well written, and so intriguing that I'm at a lost of words. (OK, maybe not completely lost).  You can read the synopsis and know what it's about, but only when you'll get a chance to really read it, that's when you'll appreciate how fascinating and stimulating it really is.  In all, I'm saying don't let this pass you by when you see it in the bookstore online or off. 

I want to close with what James wrote at the end of the book for its readers, "But in the end what I truly yearn for is redemption.  A second chance...All we need to do is surrender to his unquenchable grace and love, and step deeper into the story he is still writing for us in every moment." (384). 

NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Group for an honest review. 



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James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker.  He is the author of the best-selling novel, Rooms, as well as Books 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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