Book Review: The Long Journey to Jake Palmer, by James L. Rubart
What if there was a place where everything wrong in your life could be fixed? If there was even the slightest chance it was real, would you pursue it? How far would you go to find healing and wholeness?
These questions form the premise of James Rubart’s latest novel, The Long Journey to Jake Palmer. Jake Palmer is a corporate trainer who coaches people to see the potential inside themselves. As he explains to his clients, too many people stay inside their own bottle and never read what’s on their own label.
While he is effective in helping others, he doesn’t practice what he preaches. He is hiding inside his own bottle believing he is “not enough.” Recently divorced and weary of his business travels, he reluctantly agrees to a ten-day vacation with friends at a lake house. While there, he hears the legend of Willow Lake. At the end of the lake is a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longing will be fulfilled.
Initially Jake scoffs at the idea, but then he cannot shake the hope that begins to grow in him that it is true. Determined to find himself, and fix his crumbling life, Jake throws himself into the pursuit of finding the corridor.
Like C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, the author weaves Christian principles into the story. He especially borrows from The Silver Chair. The theme of finding freedom from the chains that bind us is woven throughout the book. Rubart also mixes in a bit of self-help psychology that Jake uses in his corporate training.
I enjoyed the book. It is a good story and would be an effective discussion starter with a group of spiritual seekers. The author includes several discussion questions in the back of the book that could be used for this purpose.
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