The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart (Thomas Nelson, 2015)

Book Review – The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart (Thomas Nelson, 2015)

About the book (from the publisher):

The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart (Thomas Nelson, 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.

My thoughts:

The premise of this book is enticing and something most people have probably considered. What would you change about your past? What would you tell your younger self to help change things, if you could? How would any of those changes–even the small ones–affect all of your future?

The author dives into these situations and explores various possible outcomes in this book. Because the main character doesn’t know what’s really happening and what’s really being changed or not, the reader is kept guessing as well, which helps create intrigue and quick page turns.

However, I did find myself pulled out of this world and its believability. I don’t know too much about time travel theories, but I kept wondering, wouldn’t Brock be a completely changed person in each of the time lines? Wouldn’t even his memories change? Or wouldn’t those changes erase the “now” Brock? Something the author reveals at the end of the book helps to partially explain these questions, and includes the stance that God can do all things, even what we would consider impossible, but I still found that these holes pulled me out of the story several times. I also didn’t find myself connecting wholly with all of the characters at all times. I feel like I didn’t get to know some of them as Brock did before they changed in “alternate time lines.”

That said, the themes included in this book of healing, redemption, grace, forgiveness, and God always giving second (and third and fourth…) chances are fantastic themes to consider and reflect upon. Readers will find themselves reflecting on their own lives and whether what we are investing our time in are truly the right things.

Check out the Litfuse page for more information about the author and the book.

What’s your favorite time travel novel?

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher as a part of the Litfuse blogging team in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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