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Book of Days

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,066 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
“… in Your book all my days were recorded, even those which were purposed before they had come into being.” —Psalm 139:16
Young Cameron Vaux’s mind is slipping. Memories of his wife, killed two years earlier in a car accident, are vanishing just as his dad predicted they would. Memories he knows he has to remember. His father tells Cameron that to save his mind he must fin
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Published December 20th 2010 by B&H Fiction
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Yvann S
Apr 15, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Cameron’s father, dying of Alzheimer’s Disease, instructed him to find the Book of Days, in which the past, present and future of every soul are recorded. His wife mentioned the same
book in her dying moments. So Cameron sets off to find it when his own memory starts to fade, at age 33. In the tiny Oregon town in which he starts his search, he encounters some strange and strong personalities, who can only be with him or against him in his search...

I requested this through LibraryThing’s
Alycia Morales
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-reads
James L. Rubart ran to the top of my favorite authors list this week. After reading both "Rooms" and "Book of Days," I find myself astounded by his story-telling. His descriptions inspire me. I enjoy phrases like “something about you crumbled his Oreos” on nearly every page. His wordsmithing is refreshing, like ice cold sweet tea on a hot summer’s day.

Both novels are deep, searching, and thought-provoking. They challenge a believer to reflect on their faith, looking for a deeper relationship wit
Paula Vince
Psalm 139: 16 tells us that our days were all recorded in God's Book of Days before any of them came to be. The idea of the physical existence of such a book, with past, present and future histories of every man and woman written in it, is fascinating. As the characters in this story search for such a book, I was looking forward to getting stuck into it.

There is an Indiana Jones quest type feeling about it from the very start. The hero, Cameron Vaux, believes his wife and father found it when th
Book of Days was interesting in a totally Rubart sort of way. What I mean is that the mind-twisting content reminded me of Rooms, his first book. Now whether or not the third book, The Chair, has the same feel...we'll see. Regardless, I found myself enjoying the story. At first I was thinking, "where is this all going?" and "When will they decide what they want to do?" I enjoyed the flashbacks of Cameron's time with Jessie. I found that heart-wrenching and beautiful. I also found the history bet ...more
Janet Sketchley
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Cameron is in his early 30s but he’s losing chunks of his memory. His only hope lies in a cryptic mission from his father: to find the Book of Days. If such a thing exists, it holds everyone’s memories – past, present and future.

Supposedly this is God’s Book, based on Psalm 139:16. Cameron doesn’t believe in God, either, so that’s not much help. But his father did, and so did his wife.

Cameron’s quest forces him to turn to his dead wife’s foster-sister Ann for help, and it takes him to his father
Jeffery Moulton
This was the first "Christian" book I've read, and I really hope it doesn't represent the genre as a whole, though it seemed on par with most Christian films I've seen. First, the Christian aspects did not bother me. In fact, they were fairly downplayed and generally referred to belief in God rather than straight up Christianity. At times they felt a little shoehorned in, and characters that were supposed to be overtly religious... um... didn't do anything overtly religious except tell people th ...more
Mandy J. Hoffman

Two stars for those who might like reading about the possibility of finding God's book that records our lives according to Psalm 139:16. The characters were genuine and believable, but the plot was not. I was encouraged with the ending to the story, though, and with the focus on God knowing and caring about all the details of our lives.


"… in Your book all my days were recorded, even those which were purposed before they had come into being." —Psalm 139:16 Young Cameron
Zeta Blankenship
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From this moment

What a great read! Memories are a most precious gift. If you can't remember it, you never experienced it, in your mind. Alzheimer's is such a tragic illness that steals our memories of knowledge. I know this all too well, as my mother was taken slowly away over twelve years. There are those precious moments of innocence and love borne by becoming as a child, the regression of the disease. I treasure the moments I was given, the days that hold precious memories of my life. In the
Michael Godfrey
The Book of Days owns a fascinating and engaging story, that will have you turning page after page despite the poor writing and very rushed story telling. Had the author spend a significantly larger amount of time on character development and creating a more thoroughly described setting, the plot could have been delivered with the support it deserves. Throughout the read, The Book of Days was riding a delicate surf between a one and two star rating. Due to a handful of pages towards the conclusi ...more
Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Fast paced and well-crafted, I couldn't put this thriller down. I love it when I find an allegorical thread woven beneath the surface of an exciting book. Like Rooms, Book of Days robbed me of a night's sleep. James Rubart is a Master Storyteller. Novel Journey and I highly recommend Book of Days—it's a 5 star read!
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book!Mr. Rubart's books NEVER disappoint. I would love to see a sequel to this one.I believe it would be quite interesting. If you need a great read may I humbly recommend the following three by Mr. Rubart: ROOMS,The CHAIR, and BOOK of DAYS. Just do yourself a favor and read them all!:D
Traci Butler
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kept my interest the entire story

I've read several Rubart books and consider myself a fan. This story is very intriguing and keeps you guessing what is really going on with the Book of Days. I was a little confused on what Jessie's visions were really tied to but overall, this book is worth reading and I do recommend it.
Liz Hatcher
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it so fast the first time because I was eager to find out what happened in the end that I had to read it again because I had forgotten so much and missed so much. I really loved this book!
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My 2 stars pretty much sums this up, and that might be generous. The book was okay at best (I just finished reading this 2 days ago and I already forgot the two main characters names.) I never connected to the lead characters, they felt pretty one-dimensional to me - actually all the characters were. I also wasn't sure how to feel about the religious aspect of the book. I don't mind books that are spiritually focused, in fact, if they are done right, I really appreciate them, but this one veered ...more
Nora St Laurent
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was thankful for receive a review copy of such an intriguing and thought provoking book. James L. Rubart brings up an interesting topic I hadn’t really thought about before. I hadn’t thought about the idea of recording life in a book for all to see. What kind of life am I recording? What happens to our memories? And what would someone give to be the owner of the book of days which held a person’s past, present and future? This author brings up great questions.

This book reminded me of an Indian
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first read the back of this book, I was a little skeptical. A physically book somewhere that God has the past, present, and future of every person that ever existed? That is impossible. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book – at all. However, after finishing the last page of this book, I was pleasantly surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment in this book! Mystery filled this book from nearly the very beginning and suspense carried me through every page.

The characters were ve
Christy Lockstein
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book of Days by James L. Rubart is a fascinating look at memory, forgiveness, and God. Cameron Vaux watched his father die eight years ago, but even more terrible than his death was watching him lose his memories to a devastating illness. Now, two years after the death of his beloved wife Jessie, Cameron is starting to worry that he may suffer from that same illness. He's forgetting conversations moments after they happen, missing appointments, and reading notes in his own handwriting as if for ...more
I recently had the opportunity to review Book of Days, James Rubart's upcoming novel. The book draws from Mr. Rubart's personal experience as his father, who passed away during the writing, dealt with Alzheimer's disease.

About the book:

Cameron Vaux's mind is slipping. Memories of his wife, killed two years earlier, are vanishing, just as his dying father said they would. So Cameron goes on a quest to find "the book with all the days in it" that both his father and his wife had mentioned to him.
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: James L. Rubart
Publisher: Broadman & Holman
January 2011
ISBN: 978-14336-7151-7
Genre: Fiction/Christian/Suspense

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 wo
Vanessa Funk
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it a little slow going and the ending a bit predictable but I enjoy his writing and the concepts in the story are intriguing.
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"All of my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began." ~ Psalm 139:16

Cameron's dad was in the hospital because he was forgetting pieces of his life, like who his son was, who his wife was and where he was. Just days before he dies, he asks Cameron to visit. In a moment of clarity, he tells Cameron to find the book. He has seen it and touched it. He promises that what is happening to him will happen to Cameron too. If he doesn't want to lose his memories and be
May 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
As expected, I loved this novel by James Rubart. Although I enjoyed Rooms, as well as The Chair, and eager to read others, I believe Book Of Days is my favorite thus far by this author! :)

I found this book to be inspirational and encouraging for anyone who has a loved one, or themselves, who suffer from Alzheimers or other Mental Illnesses

I've always been curious if there is an actual Book of Days, and the way James Rubart expressed his idea of such a concept with such depth is how I envisioned
Valerie Comer
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cameron Vaux is desperate. Though only 33 years old, he’s starting to lose his memories. Memories of all-too-few years with his wife, Jessie. Memories of his dad, who had Alzheimers and died too young. And memories of things he’d done last week. Or even yesterday.

Both his dad and Jessie had spoken of something they’d seen in the Oregon mountains, a book that showed the future and the past. A book, his dad said, that contained all one’s days. Before he died, he told Cameron it would cure him of h
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eight years ago, as Cameron Vaux’s father was dying, he told instructed Cameron to find the book. The book of all days. Cameron didn’t spend much thought on his father’s incoherent words.

Now, eight years later, Cameron is forgetting things. It is like Alzheimer’s. Though Cameron is too young to have Alzheimer’s yet. It is like someone has taken an easer to Cameron’s past. No matter how hard Cameron tries to remember events it is getting harder and harder to remember. Cameron does have a flash b
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you could see you past, present and future laid out before you, would you want to?

Cameron Vaux has been told that there is a book written by God himself that tells the past, present and future of every living soul. Being an agnostic he doesn't believe but he feels he must search out the reason both his late Father and late wife believed. Both, at the time of their deaths, mentioned the book and that he needed to find it. Cameron sets off on the quest when he starts to lose his memories.

The st
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if there were a book that showed us all our days, that told us what the future held for us. All my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began. Psalm 139:16 Cameron Vaux is on a quest to find out if there is a physical book, here on this earth that tells us of our days. Having faced the tragedy of loosing his father, first to Alzheimer's and then to death, while his father was still young, then loosing his dear wife Jessie after only five years of marriage, ...more
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cameron Vaux was twenty five when his father died, his dad was only forty-nine. The last conversation Cameron had with his dad was on a day when his dad was pretty lucid, you see Cameron's dad suffered from memory loss, dementia. When he warns Cameron that he too will lose his mind, and when he starts losing his memory that he must find the book of all days Cameron just brushes it off. Fast forward eight years and Cameron's memory is starting to fail. It has been going on for over a year and its ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Book of Days is a book for thought. Cameron’s father when passing and, seven years later his beloved wife; tell him to find the Book of Days. It will tell him what will happen to him in the future, just as it told them. Cameron, a non-believer basically blows it off until he finds himself losing his memory, just as his father did. He’s much too young for Alzheimer’s and, with a budding career in videography he is concerned.

He remembers his father mentioning a small town in Oregon named Three Pea
If you’re a fan of mystery and suspense, don’t miss Book of Days by James L. Rubart. This book is full of twists, turns and adventure – readers will not find themselves bored. I haven’t read any other titles by James Rubart, but according to some of his fans he writes along the same lines as Ted Dekker. This particular book is bitter-sweet for the author, who was losing his father to Alzheimer’s as he was writing the book.

The main character, Cameron Vaux also loses his dad to Alzheimer’s and is
Elizabeth Van Tassel
In this adult fiction adventure, I expected vivid descriptions, a crisp plot, and great characters when picking up The Book of Days, but was pretty surprised by the enticing mystery that unfolded and enfolded me along the way. I've not gotten much done the last couple of days here while, instead, I got to know a corner of Oregon I've never visited, but can now picture oh-so-clearly. I liked the heart-singed areas in his character's lives and loved the banter back and forth, spiced with lots of t ...more
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James L. Rubart is a 28 year old trapped in an older man's body, who loves to water ski and dirt bike with his two grown sons. He's the bestselling, Christy, Carol, INSPY, and RT award winning author of eight novels, including his latest, The Long Journey to Jake Palmer. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.
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