Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Long Journey To Jake Palmer, by James L Rubart

Jake Palmer is a corporate trainer who coaches professionals to shed their own external labels, see deep within themselves, and live out the life they're meant to be living.  When a catastrophic accident leaves Jake both emotionally and physically scarred, he retreats into a deep depression.  Once an elite athlete, his injuries have left him unable to perform even the simplest of physical activity without pain, and his previously enviable marriage ends in divorce when his wife finds herself unwilling to deal with his disfigurement.  Even as he coaches others to be their best, most authentic self, his own personal life and sense of self-worth is crumbling.  He feels defeated, lost, and as if he is living his professional life as a fraud.

When he reluctantly joins a few of his friends for an extended stay at a lake house, Jake learns about the Legend of Willow Lake.  The story, passed down from generation to generation, tells of a secret corridor that leads whoever follows it into a path of total healing and fulfillment of his soul's deepest desires.  Skeptical at first, Jake finds himself obsessed with finding the corridor, and fixing his broken life - and heart - once and for all.

James Rubart tells a really good story here.  Not my typical choice of book (I tend to stay away from books with a strong element of the supernatural), he won me over with the honest story, and well-written characters.  I rooted for Jake, and so badly wanted him to experience the healing he just wasn't able to find.  The second half of the book in particular kept me turning the pages, as Jake embarks on the often treacherous journey to see if he can discover a relief from his pain, an answer to his questions, and ultimately a truer version of himself.

This book touches on a really lovely and important message, one that I was especially needing to hear right now.  I highly recommend it for anyone who is struggling in any area of their life, particularly when it comes to self-acceptance, as well as for anyone who just enjoys a good, well-told story.

Two enthusiastic thumbs up. 

*I received this book for free from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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