By Kelly Bridgewater
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 of . . . and his greatest fear is it’s already too late.
James Rubart is an author that I have never read. I have heard many people talk about how good his books are, and even took a class offered by him at the 2014 ACFW conference. I even planned to read all his books this year, but review copies of books keep showing up at my door, and I don’t have time to squeeze anything else in. But when The Five Times I Met Myself came up for review, I said yes because I finally get to read a book by James Rubart. And I’m really glad I did.
Getting down into the soul of a person is Rubart’s greatest strength in my opinion. Right from the first chapter, I could totally relate the marriage of Brock and Karissa. Being married for fourteen years with three boys and one a teenager, I sometimes feel like my husband and I are missing the fun we used to have together. Time flies by and schedules for the kids and our lives keep us busy, so we don’t date and pursue each other much as we should. I have had doubts and wondering if I went back and made different decisions would my life be different? That is what Rubart is getting at. God has a plan for our lives, and we should trust him with the plan.
Rubart’s use of short chapters intermingled with time jumps didn’t confuse me at all. Brock comes back to a number of different versions of 2015 before dream hopping back into the past. When he dreams, he travels to a whole bunch of different times in the past. The transitions between the time periods were woven seamlessly together with Brock going to sleep or waking up to an alarm that I followed Brock on his journey. I had a really hard time putting the book down. It captured my attention and did not let go. I wanted to see how Brock would end up.
The title says five times that Future Brock met younger Brock, but I counted seven. As I reflected on the story, I wondered why Rubart only mentioned five times in the title, not seven. I think, and I could be wrong here, but the five times he first met him are the times he asked for younger Brock to change something in his life. Those five times had a profound effect on his future. The last two times were to fix the mistakes he instructed younger Brock to take. Seven is an important number in the Christian faith so that could be a connection too.
Restoration can happen at any time and can take many years to feel the full effect. Rubart did a great job at showing how one decision can affect our entire future. If we’re not spending time with our kids, what could our children perceive our relationship as? If our job is more important or finishing the last chapter in a book instead of hanging out with them, do they resent you as the years pass? Even I struggle with this.
I wouldn’t change anything about the story; I truly loved it.
In conclusion, James Rubart’s The Five Times I Met Myself is a original, gripping narrative that had me questioning what do I place value in and do I really trust God’s will for my life. I really enjoyed this book and need to go find the rest of Rubart’s books, so I can stand stronger on my faith. The Five Times I Met Myself haunts me even now, long after I finished the story.
I received a complimentary copy of The Five Times I Met Myself from Thomas Nelson and the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 5 out 5 stars
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