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Book Review – Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult


The Long Journey to Jake Palmer


Author: James L. Rubart

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: August 9, 2016

Genre: Christian Fiction – Fantasy/Supernatural

Amazon Link: Buy on Amazon

Back cover summary:

What if there was a place where everything wrong in your life could be fixed?

Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.

When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.

Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.

But the journey will become more treacherous with each step Jake takes.

Read it? Yes!

Why it’s worth your time:

Jake Palmer seeks a hidden corridor on Willow Lake where he hopes to find physical healing. He is spending a summer vacation with lifetime friends, each of which encourage and support him in their own way. He’s also given advice by a new friend, Leonard, who is cryptic about what the Corridor may hold for Jake. There’s also an unexpected guest at the lake, a beautiful woman that makes Jake long for the man he used to be.

James Rubart is a great writer and an amazing storyteller. You won’t have trouble turning the pages of this book. This particular story spoke to me because, like Jake, I have a physical condition that holds me back from doing some of the things I want to do. The core of the story though speaks to a need we all have – the need to know who we really are, and to be emotionally healed from the wounds of our past.

The Journey to Lake Palmer is both a physical and spiritual journey, full of suspense, heartbreak, and healing truth that brings freedom. I highly recommend it.

My favorite line:

“How tragic to live a life where you are loved for what you are instead of who you are. You were given freedom from that curse – if you chose to live in it.”