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5.0 out of 5 starsEntertaining and thought provoking
Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2019
The Pages of Her Life is perhaps James L. Rubart’s best book yet. I especially liked the role of the journal in the story, although this book is about much more. Allison’s relationship with her mother shows what’s possible with faith in God, without preaching. Her brother, Parker, and his story add valuable depth to the book. The intersection of Micah’s story (Rooms) with this book was well done, and left the door open for us to hear/read more of Allison and Micah’s stories in the future. Rubart’s latest book, with its theme of changing one’s life from the inside out, is particularly relevant in a time when the world can shift on its axis without notice, leaving us feeling out of control. Allison’s story carries a message of hope that encourages readers to believe God wants to write on the pages of our lives.
I have read all of Mr.Rubart's books so I was disappointed that it seemed alot of two of his other books were used alot to fill this book. I also donot like books that are predictable, and there were people I figured out at the start of the book their position in the main character,Allison and in her brother's life. They both had the same problem. Also I don't know if the author or his publisher was wanting this book to be in a non Christian book genre or not but it sure appeared that was the direction they wanted this book to be sold as. If you haven't read The Long Journey to Jake Palmer or The Man He Never Was then you will probably enjoy and learn some things from reading this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother home run for this very talented author!
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2019
If you have never read a James Rubart book, you are missing out! He is one of the best authors I have ever read.
Allison Moore thought starting her own architecture firm with her best friend was going to be the best thing ever, no more working in the corporate world and having to answer to others. After her divorce and the death of her father, she needs something good in her life. While she enjoys working with her best friend and not having to answer to anyone, things are tougher than she would like to admit. When her mom tells her that her father had been living a secret double life and has left them almost half a million dollars in debt, she knows she must do something to help. As Allison searches for ways to help, she is gifted a journal which she pours her heart into. With each passing day, her problems seem to intensify and so does the mystery of her new journal. The words she writes in the journal begin to disappear and are replaced by new ones that help her see her situation in a new light.
James Rubart is quickly becoming one of my go to favorite authors. If I see he has a new book coming out, I am all over it. This is the third book I have read by him and it fully lived up to my expectations. His writing style is unlike that of anyone I have read before. He has a way of writing a story that goes so deep with characters that will pull you in better than most. I loved the way Allison and her brother stepped up to help their mom when they found out she was in need. Their mom was trying to do what all moms do and keep her kids from worrying but in the end, they had to come together as a family and work together to solve the difficult problem.
Readers need to go into this book with an open mind for what they will find within the pages. It is not your normal feel good read; this will require readers to go deeper and examine their faith and aspects of their own life. Rubart did an outstanding job of character development with Allison as she goes through trials and tribulations in her personal and professional life. I despised Derek and Linda, but that is ok as these are not characters we are supposed to like, and I loved how real the dislike for them came across. Fans of Rubart’s writing will notice characters from previous novels making an appearance. I almost feel there is a little more that could happen for a few of the characters. The storyline itself wrapped up nicely but I became so invested in these characters I would like to see more with them. I highly recommend this to readers that enjoy a story that will draw them in to the supernatural and explore elements of faith not often written about in such an entertaining and enjoyable story.
I liked this book, but not as well as I did Rooms or Chairs. I still liked the supernatural element of a tangible object. I like the process the characters went through to learn about themselves. It took me a very, very long while to finish this book, for some reason. The book wasn't necessarily the problem; I've gone through some very ugh places in my life while reading this book. Maybe a few more things could have happened before Allison came to the conclusion about herself that she did. It's still worth reading, though. I'm just now getting back to desiring to read again. I liked the end of this book a lot. It wrapped up very warmly, but with elements that could keep the "flow" going...I think I might revisit Rooms, The Chair and a few of the others Rubart has written, though I'd really love some new content! I think it's humorous, in a meaningful way, that all of Rubart's main characters like to run! Lol
5.0 out of 5 starsUnique & Intriguing - you won't put it down
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2019
I've been a fan of Rubart's books for a long time now, and this one also doesn't fail to disappoint. Rubart's brand is unique and intriguing, always stories of "what if" that take you deeper spiritually, emotionally and mentally - they have you closing the book hours later feeling satisfied and alive...and a little curious. WHAT IF this was possible? WHAT IF this was true? WHAT IF God did this or that... even readers who don't hold to a tight personal faith will enjoy these stories of heartfelt journeys. Well done, Rubart!
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2021
Another masterful novel that awakens real life application of the spiritual and soulish realities in all of us that once recognized and surrendered open our heart to deeper freedom. I was thrilled that Micah Taylor made a cameo appearance in this book! If you've not read Rooms, by this same author, I highly recommend reading it first or at least in addition to this one wherein Micah Taylor is the main character. I'm not one to read fiction, never have been, but James Rubart has a unique gift of making a metaphor reflect the undeniable truth of our real lives.