Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Book of Days

Author: James L. Rubart
Publisher: Broadman & Holman
January 2011
ISBN: 978-14336-7151-7
Genre: Fiction/Christian/Suspense
Reviewed by Steve Hilton

Inspired by Psalm 139:16, which reads, “Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.” (HCSB), BOOK OF DAYS is also a very personal work for author James L. Rubart. He was led to write this book as he saw his own father’s memory failing. He writes in the afterword, “I started to wonder where my dad’s memories were going. Were they mist? Or could God somehow, someday restore them. When I found Psalm 139:16, it was a huge comfort. I knew that his memories would be returned to him when he crossed over into eternity. God had recorded them in His book.”

Cameron Vaux has endured more grief than can be imagined. His wife, to whom he had been married for only two years, died behind the controls of a small plane that had crashed during a routine landing. His father died at the age of 48, from a disease that slowly stole his memories. And now, with his own memory mysteriously failing him, the one thing he knows is that he needs to find the Book of Days. The book in which God, Himself, has recorded for every person their past, and their future.

Frustrated by a congregation of New-Age religionists, who see in the book an opportunity to seize their fates in their own hands, Cameron is also assisted by unexpected friends as he tracks down the fabled book. But what he ultimately finds is forgiveness, grace, mercy, and unconditional love from the One who wrote his life in the first place.

While the personal circumstances provide a passionate ethos to the work, Rubart’s skill at crafting believable characters who wrestle with deep, difficult life situations truly makes this a book that is easy to get into, and difficult to leave behind. 381 pages. $14.99.

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