About the author: James L. Rubart
James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of Days, The Chair, Soul’s Gate, Memory’s Door, and Spirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest. (Copied from thomasnelson.com)
Great quotes: “I don’t think we’re really ourselves until who we are on the inside is the same as who we are on the outside.”
“We all wear masks and desperately hope no one will peek underneath. And yet there’s a big part of us that wants to take off the mask. That would be freedom.”
“How tragic to live a life where you are loved for what you are instead of who you are. You were given freedom form that curse-if you choose to live in it.”
About the book:
Before the accident Jake Palmer was a highly intelligent, athletic, high energy motivational speaker. But that was before the accident. Jake remains intelligent, but he is not adapting very well to his new circumstances. One evening he decided to play the hero for a young lady. Unfortunately the men who were harassing the young lady assaulted Jake. They set him on fire; he was badly burned. He lost his wife, his success, and all the self worth that he had before the accident. After taking a year off for recovery Jake returned to his former career as a motivational speaker. But he knew all along that he was a fraud. He was trying to encourage others, meanwhile he really didn’t know himself.
On the return flight Jake met a mysterious old man name Leonard. Overhearing Jakes phone conversation Leonard begin to pry into Jakes life. Turns out, Leonard was in the audience listening to Jake’s speech and he was able to see right through the facade. It had become an annual tradition for Jake and some friends to spend ten days at a cabin in the woods on the lake. But that was before the divorce. Leonard knows of a great place and so he recommends Willow Lake.
Willow Lake has a legendary corridor. The legend, “theres this hidden corridor at the end of the lake that can’t be found. But if you ever do find it, on the other side, on the other side of it there’s this place where you’ll get the thing you want most in the world, get everything fixed that’s screwed up in your life, you know?” The legend intrigues Jake and he believes that the corridor may be the answer to his problems. With great resolve Jake searches for the corridor. However, he doesn’t want his friends to know what he is doing so he conceals what he knows about the corridor. A week spent with friends and Jake’s experience of looking for and finding the corridor was exactly what he needed. What Jake needed and wanted was much different than what he anticipated. Within the story there is a good lesson for all of us, but you will have to read the book for yourself to discover the lesson.
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