The Man He Never Was by James Rubart
About the book:
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 on—with 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, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.
His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.
But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and 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 us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul.
The message of this story is one that really spoke to me. I’ve been challenged spiritually by other books from this author, and this one is definitely no exception!
Mr. Rubart paints word pictures to illustrate truths from the Bible in ways that make them brilliant and clear, and drive them deep into your soul.
In this book, said to be similar to the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Toren, the main character is wrestling against himself, particularly his dark side–the side that has a terrible temper.
At the beginning of the story, we find Toren alone and in a hotel room, with no memory of where he just spent the previous 8 months. When he goes to visit his wife and children, he discovers they’ve moved on, and have no room for him in their lives now. He feels like a new man, and starts down a path to discover where he was and what happened to him.
There are many spiritual applications that can be made here. And, rather than comparing it to that aforementioned novel, this book made me think of the Bible passage where Paul tells us, “For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. ” Romans 7:15.
I don’t think I’m alone in this, and I really think, if we’re honest, it’s something that every single one of us struggles with. We have a desire to do what’s right, and yet, so often, we allow our sinful man to control us.
Toren’s journey was incredibly portrayed, and such a challenge to me.
This is a book that will stay with me for a long time.
Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh
This book is a brand new book, and will release in just one week! You can preorder on Amazon.
About the book:
Lyndie St. James is thrilled that her best friend, Elle, is getting married but unprepared for the emotional storm of the wedding week and returning to her childhood summer home of Sweethaven. The idyllic cottage community harbors some of her best—and worst—memories. It’s not only the tragic death of her childhood friend Cassie that has haunted her for ten years, it’s the other secrets she’s buried that have kept her from moving on.
But Lyndie isn’t the only one with secrets.
Cassie’s mother, father and brother, still struggling with the loss, have been drifting further and further apart. And Elle herself, the last to see Cassie alive, carries an impossible burden of guilt. Now reunited, each of them has a choice: to reveal the truths of that night or continue to live in its shadow. That means embarking on a personal journey of the heart—to escape the darkness and all its regrets and to finally come to terms with the past and, especially, with each other.
This is a book that also shows how we can hide our inner fears and struggles for a very long time. These characters are portrayed in a way that is hauntingly real. It made me search within my own self, and allowed me to see how I was like each one of them, in some way or other.
I really was drawn to Lyndie. She’s held up, been strong, for so long, she almost doesn’t even know how to feel anymore. After all, if she keeps her emotions locked deep down, she can’t get hurt again, right?
Then she has to go home. And she is forced to face some of her fears head on.
And there was Elle. And she also had so many secrets. And fears. Including the fear of being loved if she was known for who she really was.
And I can’t forget about Travis.
The author has written us another beautiful story, showing us how to find the path to forgiveness and redemption in our own lives.
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