The book's major themes of dealing with memory loss, forgiveness and seeking the Lord are woven throughout; the main character is cast well as an appealing protagonist.
However, the New Age/American native influences in the book are never fully refuted and becoming acceptable to God is portrayed as a mystical experience which has no basis in Christ's death, burial and resurrection. One is left with feeling that the book could have been written by any well-meaning, uninformed seeker.
Book of Days was interesting in a totally Rubart sort of way. What I mean is that the mind-twisting content reminded me of Rooms, his first book. Now whether or not the third book, The Chair, has the same feel...we'll see. Regardless, I found myself enjoying the story. At first I was thinking, "where is this all going?" and "When will they decide what they want to do?" I enjoyed the flashbacks of Cameron's time with Jessie. I found that heart-wrenching and beautiful. I also found the history between him and Ann quite interesting, as well as Ann's connection to the whole story. Taylor was a bit of a mystery and I wasn't sure what to think of him for a long time. Jason was plain creepy. I disliked him in every sense of the word. The twist at the end was quite good. I found it believable. I also found myself smiling when things wrapped up.
The concept of the story was pretty deep. It's about choosing to love, choosing to forgive, and choosing to let go of the past. All of those things relate to the Book of Days in the story. I won't say how. Just know that it's true. I enjoyed the fact that the story revealed something we all need to remember...to have true peace you need to walk in the "light" of truth and in the present. You can't hold even a shred of unforgiveness in your heart, or it will keep you from true freedom. That was nicely woven into the plot. All in all, this is a book that makes you think about relationships and choices. While it did drag out in a few parts, overall, it was a compelling and insightful read. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes to ponder life, it's meaning, and spiritual things. This book won't disappoint.
James L. Rubart ran to the top of my favorite authors list this week. After reading both Rooms and Book of Days, I find myself astounded by his story-telling. His descriptions inspire me. I enjoy phrases like "something about you crumbled his Oreos" on nearly every page. His wordsmithing is refreshing, like ice cold sweet tea on a hot summer's day.
Both novels are deep, searching, and thought-provoking. They challenge a believer to reflect on their faith, to look for a deeper relationship with God. And for the unbeliever or the doubter, Mr. Rubart writes in such a way that one can relate to his characters' stories without preaching a sermon to them.
In Book of Days, we meet Cameron Vaux. Cameron already lost his wife and his father, and now he thinks he's losing his mind. Afraid of what that may mean, he decides it's time to go on a journey to look for some answers. His wife and father asked him to search out an ancient book upon their deathbeds. Either they were both crazy, or the book is real. Will Cameron be able to find it before he forgets them altogether?
James Rubart weaves an intriguing tale of Cameron's search for the Book of Days. Filled with obstacles and characters who don't want to reveal secrets hidden for decades, Cameron faces many challenges during his quest. Several secrets remain untold until Cameron nears the end of his journey. Filled with gripping suspense peppered with subtle hints, one will not find closure until the final chapters.
This is one of the first books I've read where I've been tempted to skip ahead a bit in search of answers to the questions each chapter brings.
I also enjoyed the movie and music references throughout the story. Being a lover of both, they assisted in my ability to relate to the characters.
A perfectly engaging read, I highly recommend Book of Days. I enjoyed every second of reading it. I'd also encourage you to pick up a copy of Rooms. Mr. Rubart will not disappoint.