It’s been a while since I have done a book review, and this one has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be reviewed for a while. I actually finished it before the holidays came around, but with so much going on, I hadn’t had the time to pop on and get it written. Ooops!
The Long Journey to Jake Palmer is not my typical genre of books, but in this case, that was a great thing! It really intrigued me, and kept me coming back to see where the story was headed. It was a cross between the physical and the spiritual world, and while I usually shy away from these types of books, this one was really a wonderful read. It covered topics that really made you think about your own life, and that is something that doesn’t happen a whole lot for me.
My husband read it after I did, and it gave us a lot to discuss. He was reading it a bit at a time, and like me, wondering where it was going to go and trying to figure out the “secrets” that were being revealed. Until he finished it, I wouldn’t really engage much in conversation about it, because I didn’t want to give anything away.
The biggest impression I came away with was that we are all flawed; some of us are more visibly flawed than others, but it is how we react to it, and what we do with it, that counts. Are we going to allow it to ruin our lives, or are we going to take what we have, find the best possible parts of it, and then live our lives in the most beautiful way that we can?
Using the analogy of a glass bottle, we are challenged with this: Do we see ourselves as others see us? A few lines that jumped out at me right from the beginning …
“It is extremely difficult to read the label when you are standing inside the bottle … And we are all standing inside our own bottles … For each of us the label is blank. We don’t know the life-changing words that are written there …. And I promise you, what is written on every single one of your bottles are words and phrases and truths more powerful that you can imagine. If you knew what was written there, right there on your label, if you truly knew what other people think of you, if you truly knew the impact you have on them, you would be stunned.”
There is just so much to this book, that my little review couldn’t possibly do it justice … but if you are looking for a book to stop and make you think, this is a great one!
From the back cover:
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.
If it sounds like something that would interest you, I highly suggest picking up a copy!
Until next time,
Sincere thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and the TNZ Fiction Guild for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review. Opinions and thoughts are 100% my own, and are in no way influenced by the author or publisher.