Book Review : The Five Times I Met Myself

Ok, so I’m going to be honest with you.  Sometimes I request books in a rush to get a book without thinking through whether I really want to read it or not.  This might have been the case with James L. Rubart’s newest novel.  I just know when it arrived I wondered what I was in store for with this book.

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I have enjoyed other books that Mr. Rubart wrote, they are a spiritual kind of science fiction, if you will.  I like that kind of thing, but I know not everyone does.  So I said yes to this one to see what Mr. Rubart was going to do this time.

The review on the cover, by Andy Andrews says “If you think fiction can’t change your life and challenge you to be a better person, you need to read The Five Times I Met Myself.”  Let me just tell you this is true.  This book has me still thinking.  Wondering.  Looking at decisions today and in the past in a new light.

I really enjoyed this book, the characters were more developed than any book I have read and let me tell you why.  First you meet the characters in the initial story that Brock Matthews, the main character, is in.  But you get to see several different versions of his life throughout the book and in each variation the characters are different.  They change depending on the choices that are made in that variation.  This is hard to do.  For James to be able to wrap his mind around this idea and write it out in a way that flows, makes sense and seems almost logical is absolute genius.  I am still wondering how he did it!!

I have shared the story with Robert and we are still talking about it, how things would be different if…

I cannot wait to let Jacob read it, this is a book that could have a very profound impact on a young adult, one who has not made very many life altering decisions yet.

I loved the story, the plot will keep you glued and guessing!!  I loved the redemptive element that is throughout as well.  I highly recommend this book, but know it is not light reading, you have to be fully invested as you read this to keep up and really get it!!

Great job Mr. Rubart, again you have hooked me with an amazing story and made me think long after the last page was read!!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of The Five Times I Met Myself in exchange for an honest review.


About the book: 
The Five Times I Met Myself
 (Thomas Nelson, November 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.


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

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