Review: The Man He Never Was by James Rubart

Posted 5 April, 2018 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: The Man He Never Was
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: February 20, 2018
ISBN: 978-0718099398
Source: Publisher
Pages: 384
Rating: 4 Stars
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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.

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My Thoughts
I believe in honesty, so I’ll make my review completely honest. I didn’t like this book. Not at first. It took me a bit to get into it. I don’t normally read this type of book. But, after hearing of some rave reviews on it, I decided to take a dive and branch out to another realm of reading. Mr. Rubart, I will tell you that after a couple of tries, I finally got into the book and it swept me away and left me in awe of your amazing talent and ability to create a retelling like this.

Toren Daniels is a man with two sides: good…..and evil. I never really thought of my own life as having a good side and an evil side, until Toren’s story came to life for me. The anger, the pain, the not knowing what happened and the why of it all…..those are all things that Toren struggles with, and he seeks out to remedy that. Those are things that we, as everyday human beings, struggle with. It’s an emotional roller coaster ride for certain as the reader gets to follow Toren through his life and see how he deals with with doing right and wrong, good or evil.

This ended up, in my honest opinion, a 4 star read. It’s a story that will not only entertain you after you give it a chance, but it’s a story that will twist you up and make you think, really, really think about the meaning of good versus evil, and the way the Lord helps to deal with those. I definitely will be sharing this book with other Christian fiction fans! Mr. Rubart, hats off to you for creating this story full of meaning and truth.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

About The Author

James L. Rubart is a 28 year old trapped in an older man’s body, who loves to water ski and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He’s the bestselling, Christy Books of the Year, Carol, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of nine novels, including his latest, The Man He Never Was. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.

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