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The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart

Brock Matthews is married and owns the Black Fedora Coffee Company.  His life begins to unravel when his business goes into bankruptcy and his marriage to his wife Karisa starts coming to an end, he discovers he has realistic dreams where he confronts himself when he was young.  Could he fix any mistakes he may have made?  Is it too late or will fixing make things worse?  He wants more than anything to get his life back on track.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1401686117
ISBN-13: 9781401686116

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"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."

—Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of How Do You Kill 11 Million People, The Noticer & The Traveler’s Gift

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.

"A powerfully redemptive story with twists and turns that had me glued to every page. With a compelling message for anyone who longs to relive their past, The Five Times I Met Myself is another James L. Rubart masterpiece."

—Susan May Warren, bestselling author of the Christiansen Family series

Editorial Reviews

'The clear message about loving others, relying on God, and focusing on your family leads up to an emotional conclusion. A spiritual and family-centered book that will appeal to readers of inspirational fiction.'
'Plot tensions are sometimes too convenient, and Brock’s unimpeachable fidelity and overall naivety rings false at times---especially set against his hard-nosed brother and ruthless business adversaries. Despite the often clunky plotting, Rubart infuses raw passion into his characters’ struggles with faith, loss, regret, and missed opportunities. A fine plunge into the psychological depths of married middle-age life.'
'Rubart does it again with another intriguing, thought-provoking concept. The author weaves in strong spiritual truth and opportunities for self-examination in addition to the fascinating premise.' - 4 1/2 starred and a Top Pick

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  1. Diggs
    North Carolina
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great book by James Rubart!
    January 5, 2017
    Diggs
    North Carolina
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Having read all of James Rubart's previous novels I couldn't wait to read this one; and again I was not disappointed at all. There have been many times in my life where I wished that I could go back in time and change things from what happened to something better. Brock Matthews did in this novel and there were many changes(both good and bad) that occurred because of it. This makes you think in comparison to your own life as to what might happen if you had the chance to change your past. Having read this, I realize that I must accept the past and just try to concentrate on making the present and my future better.
  2. GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    If I Cojuld Change My Past
    August 29, 2016
    GrandaddyA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    How many times have you ever thought about what you would do differently if you could live your life over? This story puts a whole new spin on that idea. James Rubart has a very active imagination and spins quite a captivating story as he describes Brock Matthewss dreams and the outcome of each. He even had me trying to figure out what he should do to get things to work out right. The conclusion of the story caught me by surprise even though I kept thinking of different scenarios as the story unfolded. The message of the book should linger for a long time. I encourage all serious seekers of truth to read the book and see what message you derive from it. I wanted to know how it would end but I was not ready for it to end. A very interesting book that should make you think.
  3. richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Life Changing Fiction withan Absorbing Plot and a Powerful Redemptive Message
    February 18, 2016
    richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 0
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    Life Changing Fiction with an Absorbing Plot and a Powerful Redemptive Message

    Award winning author James L. RLife Changing Fiction with an Absorbing Plot and a Powerful Redemptive Messageubarts gift of communication, creative imagination, teaching skills, and a masterful use of the elements of story bring life to his novel The Five Times I met myself.

    Brock Matthews is on familiar terms with the pressures and tensions that often accompany midlife is faced with the reality of a distancing in his marriage relationship and of a downward spiraling of a successful career.

    After a disturbing recurring nightmare Brock, desperately wants to change his life. He opens up to a trusted friend who introduces him to a concept of controlling the sub conscious through a lucid dreams technique, a creative tool for healing fears, and an effective means of problem solving.

    I am fast becoming a fan of James Rubart. I enjoy his fast paced narrative, unexpected plot twists, the fast moving action, his use of conflict and resolution, his strong character development and stimulating dialog. The thought provoking discussion questions included make this an ideal selection for Book Club use and individual personal reflection.

    The life changing message of redemption, restoration, and freedom in The Five Times I Met Myself offers hope to readers eager to reconnect or stay connected with God.

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
  4. AlyciaMorales
    New Mexico
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    James Rubart Writes Another Page Turner...
    January 4, 2016
    AlyciaMorales
    New Mexico
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    James Rubart is a brilliant writer. I've loved every one of his books, but The Five Times I Met Myself has to be his best, alongside Rooms. A story of redemption, of forgiveness, and of working hard to make things right, you're sure to find something within the pages that will leave you thinking for a long time. The plot is intriguing, focusing on something we all wish we could do at some point in our lives - go back and make it right. Just when you think the lead character has life figured out, another twist turns him in a new direction. Strong characters and engaging dialogue make this a wonderful read that will have you turning pages late at night ... when you should be dreaming.
  5. MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful and painful tale
    December 10, 2015
    MaryAnn
    OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    James Rubarts books always offer something differenta unique reading experience. This one proved no exception as I read the emotional roller coaster. A lucid dreamer myself, I was intrigued by the premise of the story. He made me almost believe we could travel in time in our dreams like the protagonist in the story. What if things we do in our dreams could change our personal history? This novel shows what might happenboth the bad and the better. As Brock discovers through this whole crazy experience, we need to seek the truth and let go of the pain of the past. We can learn from our dreams and our memories, but we should never let them control our present or future. Rather, let the lessons of the past bring redemption as we move forward.
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