A truly fascinating read: "The Man He Never Was" by James L. Rubart


What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?

Eight months after Toren Daniels vanished, everyone has assumed that he is dead. But then he wakes up in a strange hotel room with no memory of what he's been through the previous months. When he shows up at home, his wife and children are not only shocked, but also worried that he's not only seemingly returned from the dead, but that his rage has returned with him. They soon realize that he's been transformed from a man of anger to one of peace. Or has he? As Toren begins to piece together what happened to him, he also discovers that his darkest parts are still present and arising from the depths of his being, and he must confront the civil war taking place in his soul.

Inspired by the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, "The Man He Never Was" is a truly fascinating read unlike anything I've read before. Rubart has crafted together a remarkable character in Toren, one who you will find yourself relating to as he struggles with the darkest corners of his soul. You certainly won't like all parts of him as you get to know who he has been and the things he has done. But Rubart does a marvelous job at using the medium of fiction to showcase the struggle Paul talks about in Romans 7, where he talks about the battle within each of us, where we do the things we don't want to do, that "although I want to do good, evil is right there with me". We can all struggle to understand how we've been made into a new creature in Christ, and the spiritual battle raging around us, and Rubart has penned a story that will bring the truths of scripture to light in a manner that will stay with you for some time. He has woven in twists and turns throughout that will keep you glued to this clever plot until you arrive at the final conclusion, likely deep in thought as I was!

James L. Rubart has once again written a novel that will inspire his readers to search the depths of their own soul and contemplate their journey with God. I strongly recommend this intriguing novel and award it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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about the author...

James L. Rubart

James Rubart brings us a completely fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story, exploring how we’re all at war with the Mr. Hyde inside us—and how one man overcomes that divide.

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