The Man He Never Was

The Man He Never Was

What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone? Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on--with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they're shocked to see him alive. But more shoc What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone? Toren Daniels vanished eight months b...

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Title:The Man He Never Was
Author:James L. Rubart
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Genres:Christian Fiction
ISBN:0718099400
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

The Man He Never Was Reviews

  • Melissa
    Jul 21, 2017
    4.5 stars Rubart's latest is a complex, contemplative look at the two sides of everyone ? the light and the dark ? and their war with each other. Toren is not a very likable character, although many may identify with his inability to contain his temper. It seems like it takes him ...
  • Nora St Laurent
    Mar 26, 2018
    I was instantly caught up in Toren Daniels quandary; as he wakes up in a strange place and doesn?t know how he got there. If that wasn?t scary enough he discovers he?s been presumed dead by the world because he went missing eight months ago. Crazy thing is he doesn?t remember a...
  • Cheryl
    Mar 03, 2018
    I liked this book. The unique take on Jekyll and Hyde was cool. Additionally, the way the author incorporated this battle of good and evil with religion was nice. The religion aspect was there for a purpose to help tell the story but without being too preachy. I didn't know much ab...
  • Mark
    Feb 14, 2018
    James Rubart is an author who doesn't have a lot of books out yet - I think this is his 9th - but they are all amazing and different reads. You don't get the run of the mill book. This one is no departure from his usual fare. I was intrigued by the idea of a modern retelling ...
  • Victoria Bylin
    Nov 14, 2018
    2018 Reading Challenge complete with 52 books! I dubbed 2018 "My Year of Reading Dangerously" with the intention of reading outside of my usual box. I definitely did that, and this Christy award winner (visionary category) was the perfect way to wrap up the challenge. I enjoyed it ...
  • Iola
    May 10, 2018
    Toren Daniels, a somewhat-famous football player, wakes up in a strange hotel room with no idea how he got there, and finds he has been missing for the last eight months. He has no idea where he has been, but he realises he has changed into The Man He Never Was. He is no longer angr...
  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    Mar 27, 2018
    There is only one novel of James L. Rubart's I haven't read and I will correct that very soon. However to understand his style of writing, it is not going to be something you can easily figure out like most novels. Most of his take the reader on a journey that may have not been expecti...
  • Ian
    Mar 23, 2018
    Toren Daniels wakes up in a strange hotel. Alone and without any possessions. And short term memory loss. But he remembers he's married, with 2 kids and where he lives. So he goes home, only to discover he's been gone 8 months, presumed dead. His family are shocked by his reappearan...
  • Emilie Hendryx
    Jul 03, 2018
    I was really looking forward to this book, especially with the added knowledge it was a Jekyll & Hyde retelling/influence. I definitely enjoyed it but maybe not as much as some of Jim?s other books. I was definitely intrigued by Toren?s story and continued to wonder how he ...
  • Martha
    Mar 10, 2018
    I never quite know what to expect when I pick up a book by James L. Rubart. This one really had me stopping, setting the book down and thinking before I could pick it up again. There is never a book that touches everyone. For me, this genre is not my normal genre. I love women's fict...
  • Cricket Muse
    Mar 25, 2018
    The story provides much promise as it starts out: a man waking alone in a strange room with no memory. Amnesia stories can be intriguing mysteries as pieces are put back together. Unfortunately, there are too many plot holes to sustain the premise that a person can easily disappear for...
  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    Feb 28, 2018
    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 n...
  • AlegnaB †
    Apr 18, 2018
    I should have stuck with the original Jekyll and Hyde story, which I really like. This wasn?t nearly as interesting as the other two books by JLR that I?ve read. Some things in the story didn?t sit well with me from a spiritual standpoint. There are two instances of word/phrase u...
  • Claudia
    Feb 20, 2018
    How is it possible that I have not discovered this amazing author long before now? My favorite type of Christian fiction is not the sweet stories of Christians living out their faith, although those are wonderful; rather my favorite type of Christian fiction is the type whose stories ...
  • Rebecca
    Apr 06, 2018
    "Stepping into the man he's always been? Stepping away from the man he never was?" Toren Daniels awakens to find himself alone in a hotel room without any recollection of why he was there. When just a few personal effects are delivered to his room, his memories are those of his past...
  • Emilee
    Jan 18, 2019
    This book is totally out of my comfort zone. It held my attention and it has a good message. It is just not my personal taste in books. ...
  • Lori
    Jan 18, 2019
    Thought provoking! Although this book was not my usual genre, I found the story unique and interesting. I thought the book had a good message and liked the fact that it challenged my mind to some deeper thinking. ...
  • Staci
    Apr 22, 2018
    This is my third James Rubart novel and what I love most about them is they nudge readers to reflect on their own lives. Is there a better way to live? In The Man He Never Was, main character Toren Daniels has difficulty controlling his anger and that has impacted his marriage and r...
  • Emily
    Feb 26, 2018
    I received a copy of this book as a free advance copy from YPG, directly from the publisher. The book was accompanied by a letter of introduction from the author. I read the first two sentences of that letter and immediately returned the book. If that letter is an example of this autho...
  • Randy Tramp
    Apr 15, 2018
    What if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone? Toren Daniels returned after vanishing eight months ago. His wife and kids have moved on. Toren searches for answers and reconciliation. This has to be the most important book I've read, ever. It's a lif...
  • Robert Reed
    Jan 04, 2019
    This is not a book about football. I need to say that up front, becuase I don't care for sports-centered novels, and the description on the back cover, "a former football player gets kicked out of the NFL," kept me from picking up this book for months. It my mind, it became "the footba...
  • Ursula
    Apr 14, 2018
    Excellent! Like every other Rubart book I have read(all of them), it grabbed me in and "took me there" with it through the end. Good versus evil, the "Jekyll and Hyde" in all of us, will always exist. I love Toren's determination and drive to fight the Hyde in himself to get back t...
  • Kelly Bridgewater
    Feb 26, 2018
    I have read a good chunk of James Rubart's novels. While fantasy is okay with certain books, I don't mind them in Rubart's novels. He takes a concept from the Bible and have a hero learn to incorporate the concept into their life. Either from forgiveness to God's love to something dee...
  • Sarita
    Apr 06, 2018
    This is the second book I've read by James L Rubart, the first being The Five Times I Met Myself which I really enjoyed. "The Man He never Was" was a great representation of Romans where the fight between good and evil is discussed. I enjoyed seeing Toren's journey of trying to over...
  • Fiction Aficionado
    Apr 09, 2018
    Wow. The only coherent thought I had when I finished this book was, ?I want what he?s having.? I may not have the same anger problem as Toren, but so many of the truths he works through in this story are truths that I still struggle with?and this book drove home just how much I...
  • Kathy Rae
    May 07, 2018
    Rubart touches that heart of every believer with this story by giving a tangible view of how each person battles with the "old man" after giving their life to Christ. When all seems hopeless, there is a consist reminder that God is a God of possibilities. The ending is an "ah-ha" momen...
  • Christine Dillon
    Dec 18, 2018
    3.75 stars. These books remind me of C.S. Lewis' 'Great Divorce' - fiction that are part parable and part speculative. I'm not sure 'like' is the right thing to say about them. They keep me reading, they make me think and I'm guessing they improve with every reading. This is my secon...
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    Feb 05, 2018
    This book pulled me in and I was hooked from the very beginning. We all remember the old story of good vs. evil in the old Jekyll and Hyde classic. Well this modern day remake of the good vs. evil is sure to please you. Rubart has woven so much in to this one story that you are n...
  • Julie Stauss
    Mar 12, 2019
    An interesting story about the struggle of good and evil inside each of us. Which will be the ultimate winner? ...
  • Anupama C K(b0rn_2_read)
    Mar 03, 2018
    Torren has been missing for 8 months, he comes back with no memory of what happened to him during that time. His wife and children have learnt to live without him and are afraid to take him back as he has serious anger issues. But the man who was returned, feels at peace with himself. ...