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Jake Palmer's annual lake-house vacation with friends is supposed to be relaxing---but when he meets an elderly stranger one morning, his world tips on its side. The man claims that on the far side of the lake there's a mysterious corridor that holds the answers to all our greatest questions and sorrows. Could it be true?
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
What if there was a place where everything wrong in your life could be fixed?
Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselvesyet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.
When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lakeabout a lost corridor that leads to a place where ones deepest longings will be fulfilled.
Jake scoffs at the idea, but cant shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.
But the journey will become more treacherous with each step Jake takes.
4 1/2 stars. 'Rubart has done it again with another uniquely written, stellar novel. The author comes up with the most original, thought-provoking concepts that readers can take lessons from to apply to their own lives. On the surface, the story is engaging. Jake is a fascinating character with many layers and hidden pain. Yet delve deeper and there is a gold mine full of spiritual and personal treasures to uncover. Who wouldn't want to find a mysterious corridor that grants your deepest desires?'
Deb5 Stars Out Of 5Very motivational - great read!December 19, 2016DebQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was definitely an interesting read. A motivational speaker who had spoken at hundreds of conventions, companies and events had his life totally changed all in one night. All because he tried to be a hero and help a woman who was being harassed by her pimp.
It was really sad what happened to him that night, but he let the scars overcome what he was. He had been a hiker, a mountain bike rider, a marathon runner, even an Ironman. He was not even close to any of those things anymore. As a matter of fact, his wife who he truly loved and thought she truly loved him, for what he was, left him. She couldn't bear the scars and his weaknesses any longer. That one sentence tells you what kind of woman she was, a witch with a capital "B". He felt no longer himself nor a man and was majorly embarrassed of his scars.
On an annual summer outing with his friends, in which this was their decade anniversary, he had decided he was not going. He had went the year before and felt like a fifth wheel, especially when he had to visibly show his scars. However, he met a man on a plane who talked him into changing the locale and told him that would make him feel better. Little did he know that new locale would give his life new meaning. Not exactly what he expected, but healing powers just the same.
I myself, thought the corridor part a little strange, but that's because I'm not a usual sci-fi reader nor a fantasy reader. However, I went on with the flow, it kept me interested. I didn't really understand some of it, until the final visit and then I got that knock you in the head "aha" feeling.
This was really a good read. I sometimes got a little tired of Jake's "woe is me" actions, but who's to know how I would be. To be able to do all of those things and then wham - It's a good day when I'm able to climb stairs. So apparently I needed a little more empathy while reading this book. Still, I kept reading, even thinking the corridor would do what he really wanted, not what he really needed. See, I was thinking fairy tale, duh!
Anyway, I did thoroughly enjoy the book for the most part and did end up loving it at the end. It was definitely entertaining and held my interest. I would most definitely recommend this to my friends.
Thanks to Thomas Zondervan for surprising me with this book in a huge box of books. I loved the opportunity to be able to read and review this book.
Musicgirl665 Stars Out Of 5InterestingDecember 6, 2016Musicgirl66Quality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I just knew this book would not be interesting enough to hold my attention, thinking it would be some deep psychological journal...until I read the first chapter. A loss of motivation and a chance encounter leads Jake to Willow Lake and the legend of a secret corridor. A portion of the book was hare to wrap my mind around until I thought, "Narnia for adults." I would recommend this book for anyone. I received a free copy of this book.
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Thought Provoking TaleNovember 11, 2016Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5C S Lewis would be proud. The Long Journey of Jake Palmer has a definite Lewis feel - right down to the secret portal leading to potentially another world. But this is a unique tale - our main character Jake Palmer is a motivational speaker who experiences incredible trauma after a random attack leaves him scarred for life. His marriage disintegrates and suddenly motivational speaking isnt so high on his personal agenda.
But Jake and a few close friends have a traditional - an annual pilgrimage if you will. But now hes doing everything in his power to avoid it. Too many bad memories. But then a random meeting on a aeroplane gives him the suggestion of another lake they can visit. And this one may just hold a secret to a place where everything wrong in ones life can be restored. Who wouldnt want to find that?
Despite the books title - this isnt a laborious tale which takes far too long to tell. Rather it is a suspenseful tale which has just the right amount of pace. Will Jake find his nirvana or is there something a little more sinister involved.
Definitely a fantastically different read which I found both enjoyable and deeply moving.
Thanks again to the Fiction Guild for providing a complimentary copy for review - all opinions are my own.
Jennifer M5 Stars Out Of 5The Long Journey to Jake PalmerOctober 29, 2016Jennifer MQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jake Palmer is a corporate trainer who coaches professionals to shed their own external labels, see deep within themselves, and live out the life they're meant to be living. When a catastrophic accident leaves Jake both emotionally and physically scarred, he retreats into a deep depression. Once an elite athlete, his injuries have left him unable to perform even the simplest of physical activity without pain, and his previously enviable marriage ends in divorce when his wife finds herself unwilling to deal with his disfigurement. Even as he coaches others to be their best, most authentic self, his own personal life and sense of self-worth is crumbling. He feels defeated, lost, and as if he is living his professional life as a fraud.
When he reluctantly joins a few of his friends for an extended stay at a lake house, Jake learns about the Legend of Willow Lake. The story, passed down from generation to generation, tells of a secret corridor that leads whoever follows it into a path of total healing and fulfillment of his soul's deepest desires. Skeptical at first, Jake finds himself obsessed with finding the corridor, and fixing his broken life - and heart - once and for all.
James Rubart tells a really good story here. Not my typical choice of book (I tend to stay away from books with a strong element of the supernatural), he won me over with the honest story, and well-written characters. I rooted for Jake, and so badly wanted him to experience the healing he just wasn't able to find. The second half of the book in particular kept me turning the pages, as Jake embarks on the often treacherous journey to see if he can discover a relief from his pain, an answer to his questions, and ultimately a truer version of himself.
This book touches on a really lovely and important message, one that I was especially needing to hear right now. I highly recommend it for anyone who is struggling in any area of their life, particularly when it comes to self-acceptance, as well as for anyone who just enjoys a good, well-told story.
Two enthusiastic thumbs up.
*I received this book for free from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Healing is a journey ...October 26, 2016Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One of my first thoughts as I was reading was of C S Lewis Narnia Chronicles. I found as I continued reading that my thought was more than coincidental. Though the book is not a rewrite of the Lewis famous heptalogy, it does draw from Lewis imaginary stories. It tells the story of one man, lost, for all intents and purposes, on his faith journey. Finding his way back would not be easy and it would take the intervention of God and the support of friends before the journey could be completed.
But the reader soon learns that is a journey that we all must take - a journey that will involve pain, healing, patience, forgiveness, and grace. For me, the book was a reminder of a journey that I had to take some 25 years ago. As for me, like Jake, the journey started at camp - a camp that I, and he, would return to for many years.
Written in the style of John Bunyans Pilgrims Progress, the reader is drawn into the center of Jake Palmers life and the struggles he had to face, some of his own making, some the result of circumstances over which he had no control. Though at times he did not think so, God was there to hold his hand and guide him through each step in the process. The journey would not be easy and lessons sometimes difficult to discern.
Of the three books I have read from this author, this title is the best one yet, probably because it touched me so deeply, bringing to the surface a reminder of the healing God offered that would eventually allow me to to serve Him in ways I would never expect. It was not just a mental reminder, but an emotional one as well.
For the Christian counselor or pastor, there are plenty of self help books on the market. But sometimes a story can communicate better than the typical non-fiction work. For some, this book may help communicate a message that has been missed by the traditional tools.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.