Book Tour, Contemporary

Book Review-The Long Journey to Jake Palmer

rubartI’d like to take just a minute to tell you about this book I finished reading yesterday. Unlike most of the books I’ve been posting about here recently, this one was not a ‘promised review’.

This is a book I got at the library, and I’ve had it for some time, but pushed it back because I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to read it or not. In other words, it didn’t appeal as much to me as some others…

Also, the author is a new one for me, I hadn’t read any other books of his. And. This book is not like most of the books I read.

This is what Amazon has to say about it:

Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet 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 Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.

Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t 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.


My thoughts:

Once I started reading, I really didn’t want to lay it down. It just drew me in. It resonated with me in so many ways. Probably because I find myself searching for that same acceptance the main character was searching for.

Here’s the short review I posted on goodreads:

This is a book with an incredible journey.
The journey to finding yourself. Finding acceptance.
Learning how to deal with wounds from the past.
Jake Palmer finds a legendary corridor on his vacation.
He’s promised ‘the one thing he wants the most’.
The twists and turns in this book are quite the journey.
So many truths imparted here.
Well worth reading.

Without giving too much of the story away, I’ll say just a bit more…Jake Palmer was in a terrible accident that disfigured him horribly, and because of this, his wife left him. During this story, he is desperately seeking to meet his deepest need, or what he thinks it is–to have his legs healed and as they were before. The deeper he seeks, the more he realizes what his real needs are.

The author uses a bit of fantasy in this novel. What if there were a place you could go into, an entrance in our world, but it would take you to another place, a place where you can received that healing or meet those deepest longings of your heart. It’s not my typical choice of reading. But for this story, it works!

Jake wants to be enough. Enough for what happened in his past. He has to come to the end of himself. A place we all need to find ourselves–the place where we realize only Jesus can make us enough, only Jesus can help us be who we were really created to be. Only He can take those hurts that exist so far down, so deep inside, that even we hardly know what they are….



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