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Toren Daniels is a good man who had a bad temper. He disappears one day leaving his wife and children behind. When he shows up eight months later a man who is no longer is angry or impatient, rather kind and fun, they are in shock. He has no idea where he went for eight months. Strangely he starts to return to his old ways. In order to continue with his positive future, he must overcome this war between good and evil.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
|Publication Date: 2018|
"Rubart will leave readers inspired . . ." Publishers Weekly STARRED review for The Long Journey to Jake Palmer
What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?
Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved onwith more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, theyre shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see hes changed. Radically.
His anger is gone. Hes oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where hes been but knows hes been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where hes been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.
But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep insidelike the man kicked out of the NFL for his furyand Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.
In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of usand one mans only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.
'The unpeeling of the layers of Toren's life and its relation to the reader's life is what makes this book so captivating and elevates it above others. The unique perspectives and fantasy situations give stunning realizations about life and spiritual truth. This is a novel that begs to be read more than once and discussed with others to get the full impact of its meaning.'
AndiinNampaNampa, IDAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fiction That Makes You ThinkMarch 12, 2018AndiinNampaNampa, IDAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mr. Rubart's new book, The Man He Never Was, is a retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I believe I read the novella as a freshman in high school, which was a long time ago. If you are not familiar with the story the basic premise is good vs. evil.
One of the reasons I enjoy novels by James Rubart is because there is always an element of the supernatural, with God as good, and satan as evil, and his new book is no different.
I read a lot of historical romance with a female character as the heroine. It's refreshing to have a male character at the lead, and Mr. Rubart writes a male character that not only pulls on the heart strings of women readers, they are able to identify with the inward battle that he creates for his characters.
Toren is a broken man in lots of ways, I can't tell you or I'll ruin your experience, he knows he is and wants to rid himself of the anger that is holding him captive but he's not really sure how to do it.
We all can identify with Toren and the inner battle that he is going through, mainly because at one time or another we've been him. The cast of characters that Mr. Rubart adds to this story are both supportive and aide Toren through the darkest moments of his life.
My Bottom Line:
This book is a fast-paced thrill ride that starts at the first sentence and doesn't let up until you read the last one. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. When I finished the book last night, rather early this morning, I felt as if I had just spent time listening to the testimony of someone older and wiser than myself. I walked away from this book with lessons. While there are quite a few the one that I can't stop thinking about is when Eden asks Toren what the father in the parable of the prodigal son says to the son about his great sin when he comes home. He says nothing, he never addresses it. In all my years of being in the church that is the first time I realized that God says nothing about our sin, and that is grace.
This is a must read!
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Thought provoking fictionFebruary 21, 2018bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Rubart is an author who crafts fiction that I know will make me think. He has done that well in this novel. I was challenged to think deeply about spiritual transformation, about being a new creation in Christ, about how that truly comes to be.
The first half of the book moved a little slowly for me. Toren was a football player, let go by the Seahawks for his uncontrolled anger. He wakes up in a hotel room and ultimately realizes he has been missing for eight months. His wife and children, as well as everyone else, thought he was dead. His wife, tired of his angry outbursts anyway, has moved on. Toren struggles to find out where he has been and why his new found control over his temper seems to be fading. He wonders if he will ever be able to win back the love of his wife and children.
A number of thought provoking issues are covered in this book. One is our memories. Are they reliable? Do they change? I was fascinated by the reported work of scientists and their experiments to get rid of unwanted memories, such as those experienced by people with PTSD.
By far the most important issue is dealing with our dark side. Rubart mentions the familiar story of the two dogs within, one white one black. The one fed the most becomes more powerful. Yet a Christian is a new creation in Christ. What about that dark side? What about the old man being put to death and Christ living within? Those are all issues Toren struggles to understand and have become a reality in his life.
I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a plot portraying the truths of spiritual transformation. You will be given much to think about. While the first part of the novel moved slowly and I felt the whole novel could have been more concise, it is definitely worth reading. Discussion Questions are included so this book would be a good choice for a reading group.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Grams5 Stars Out Of 5EnlighteningFebruary 20, 2018GramsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5How is it possible that I have not discovered this amazing author long before now? My favorite type of Christian fiction is not the sweet stories of Christians living out their faith, although those are wonderful; rather my favorite type of Christian fiction is the type whose stories open my heart and mind to the truth of God's Word in a way that I have not seen it before. Ted Dekker and Francine Rivers, two very different types of writers, but both quite skillful at teaching God's truth, are among the best, and now I know James Rubart to be that type of writer as well.
In The Man He Never Was Rubart addresses what it means to truly be crucified with Christ, the essence of God's love, and what it means for perfect love to cast out all fear. He does this by allowing us to join Toren Daniels through an abusive childhood into an out-of-control adulthood. As readers we get to watch Toren's struggle to gain control, to do the right things, and to win back the family he drove away. Stalked by someone from his middle and high school years, aided by a group of mysterious strangers, Toren is torn between darkness and light, between desires for peace and for an outlet for his anger, between love and hate. Warren Wiersbe wrote that Satan's philosophy is glory without suffering, and God's philosophy is suffering transformed into glory. Toren was certainly torn between choosing the philosophy that would determine which mountain he would end up climbing in his effort to be the man he wanted to be.
Not long into The Man He Never Was I was already wanting to share this book with many of my friends and family. It is one of those books that I will want to give a permanent spot in my home library, frequently revisiting the pages I've highlighted, of which there are many. It will be necessary to delete the copy that NetGalley and Thomas Nelson kindly provided in exchange for an honest review, but it will be worth purchasing a copy to transfer my highlighting to. I received no monetary compensation for providing this review. It was fueled with the hope that others will be moved to read this moving and enlightening book.
Mark5 Stars Out Of 5an amazing readFebruary 14, 2018MarkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5James Rubart is an author who doesn't have a lot of books out yet - I think this is his 9th - but they are all amazing and different reads. You don't get the run of the mill book. This one is no departure from his usual fare.
I was intrigued by the idea of a modern retelling of the classic Jekyll and Hyde story, and he did not disappoint. As with all of his books, this one had a supernatural aspect that only made the book more of an enjoyable read.
The classic story is mentioned in the book, and the main character has to fight his bad side which is referred to as Hyde. Ultimately, it comes down to Toren totally believing in and embracing God's love for him, and he in turn totally loving his family unselfishly.
I loved the book, and it really makes the reader think. The plot was great, and Rubart again came up with a terrific cast of characters, not the least of them, Toren, the man battling his own self. Although the book and story are fictional, there is a lot of great insight and spiritual truth throughout the book. I definitely recommend it.
ciciAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Man He Never WasFebruary 12, 2018ciciAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I think the same I did when I had to read Jekyll and Hyde, confusion. This book starts out great then just goes south and loses me completely. Maybe that was the point in order to get the full effect of mental instability,in that case, then that makes this the best book ever. The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart was interesting in many ways. Can we really change and know where we went wrong? Maybe. It can be dangerous but worth the battle if you really think about it. I received a copy for this review from bookLook Bloggers and all opinions are my own.