Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer
by
James L. Rubart
(Thomas Nelson 2016) 

Was this book good enough? If the book had a soul, it would ask the same question that burned inside Jake Palmer's heart.

It's a fantastical story. One that pushes the boundary of this world and gives a glimpse into another.

Scarred. Hurt. Devastated. Jake Palmer is a man stuck in his own bottle of doubts. He represents the thing inside all of us that we have learned to ignore and deny existing within us.

I was confused by the slow start and the reasoning for it, but only for a while. The beginning lays the groundwork to Jake's heart and his true personality. Each character played a part that strengthened and propped up Jake's journey through the corridor.

To do a true review would take too long because there are nuances to this story. Layers and layers that as you peel them away, more is revealed.

Allegories to Christian stories in the Bible. Parables and pearls of wisdom. Symbolism. With each chapter, each scene, there's always this nugget of wisdom that the reader can take away, be it from Jake's conversion with Rachelle at the beginning to Jake's contest with Ryan, who is not what he seems.

The title, The Long Journey to Jake Palmer, is perfect. Because to understand oneself, it will take a long journey. I was mildly surprised by the book and since this was my first book by James L. Rubart, I look forward to the day I can read another by him.

***I received this book through BookLook Bloggers at Thomas Nelson in exchange of a full and honest review.***  

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