The Warrior Riders are back, and they must choose who to free next. Reveling in their previous victory against the Evil One, Reese, Dana, Brandon and Marcus are up for an adventure none of them want to miss. But discerning who is friend and who is foe is going to be harder than any of them realize, and all of them struggle with their own unique problems.
Reese is desperately fighting off the inner voices that taunt him with his loss of vision. Depression weighs him down like a wet blanket, and he seemingly has no hope for a bright future with his blindness. Dana is moving up in the world, but struggles to know if she is on the right path. Brandon's popularity is dropping, and with it, his confidence. And Marcus is still living with the guilt after the death of his son. Can these four of the Prophecy truly fight against the Evil One and win? Or is their fate forever going to be among the Lost?
Rubart's novel really opens your eyes to how the devil blinds us to sin in order to tempt us with the promise of a more self-fulfilled life. Even the strongest believer can fall, and the devil makes it so easy to give in to the flesh and do what we feel is right. It is well written, and despite not having read the first one yet, I was still able to grasp the story line and characters without trouble whatsoever. This story will draw you in and examine the deepest recesses of your heart, and you will not come out of it the same. You will see the spiritual realm in a new light, with fresh eyes and a heaviness for those who are still blinded to the Truth.
This book was provided by Thomas Nelson for free in exchange for an honest review.
Why is it so difficult for us to let go of the past? A place we'll never be able to return to and fix what we messed up. Why is it so tempting to focus on the what-might-have-beens rather than the what-I-have-right-nows? Throughout this book, one of the major themes is facing regrets. Mr. Rubart takes his readers on a whirlwind ride and forces them to ask pertinent questions - is God in every circumstance? Does He truly have control over *every* situation - even the ones that take something precious from you? When Christians focus on the things of this life, self-pity, self-righteousness, judging others in comparison to ourselves, we forget that this journey is not about us and we play into the hands of the enemy instead of being used by God.
This book is a prime example of why I love to read Christian fiction. With breathtaking scenes, vivid imagery and great skill, Mr. Rubart will take you on an impossible (?) journey that will challenge you to look at things a little differently and perhaps encourage you to have faith that will move mountains of doubt and worry.
*I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required it be positive. I highly recommend this book.*
Reese, Brandon, Dana, and Marcus, key characters from the earlier Well Spring Novel, Soul's Gate, continue in their supernatural battle against the evil forces found in the the realm of the spirit world. They are in a quest for supernatural freedom and on a mission to change the world.
In Memory's Door, bestselling author, James L. Rubart captivates his readers with subterfuge, suspense, angelic beings, counterfeit spirits, as evil forces attack seeking to destroy the impact of the ministry of the band of Warriors Riding. The introduction of the Wolf leads to another prophetic fulfillment; through the unnerving effect of a stalker in the shadows, an overwhelming career, blindness, and confusion with alternate realities undermine and weaken the cause of and quest for spiritual freedom.
The fictional nature of the novel in no way hinders the forcefulness of Rubart's message. The novel becomes a platform for his creative gift of storytelling to attract a unique audience with the reality of spiritual warfare and the promise of freedom from its bondage.
In Memory's Door Rubart warns of the devastating effect of the poison of toxic memories of looking back on the past and past failures and brings a message of hope and freedom from regret.
Rubart's writing is powerful, his message strong; his previous books are highly endorsed and recommended. Memory's Door is no exception. Highly recommended.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Taking a line from James L. Rubart's latest novel, "That was a ride on the far side of extreme." Memory's Door had me pinned to my seat as I flew through the novel.
The sequel to Soul's Gate, Memory's Door is a journey into battling the spirit of religion that reigns in today's society. But that isn't where it ends. Underneath is the story of forgiveness. And this is the part that touched me the deepest.
I'm a self-proclaimed perfectionist. I like to do things right. I like it when others do things right. And I grit my teeth when I make mistakes or fail. When my sin nature rules, my flesh strong and spirit weak. Which brings me to my personal struggle with forgiving. Sure, I can easily forgive another. It's myself I have the hard time forgiving. Because I know I could have done it better. Because I know the hurt or inconvenience my mistakes have caused others. Because I want to be better than I am. I don't want to accept my human flaws. I want to be more like Jesus.
Page 300 of Memory's Door is my favorite.
"It didn't make sense. Why wasn't Jesus showing him? There was nothing to see. Nothing to see. Nothing."
Marcus is realizing that God wipes away our sin. Forgiven. Nothing remains. Only Jesus. I cried as I read this on an airplane, stuck between two passengers. Nowhere to hide as I wiped my cheeks with the cuff of my sweatshirt sleeve. It takes a good writer to make me cry while I'm reading a book. I think this is only the second time it's happened to me.
Memory's Door isn't just a novel. It's a call to live free. Free from the condemnation of the enemy, who would have us bound tight and unable to fight for the kingdom of God if he could. It's a call to free ourselves from the mistakes of our past, to have no regrets, and to learn to forgive ourselves as Jesus Christ has forgiven us.
I highly recommend Jim's novels. Every one of them has something significant to say about our spiritual well-being, about the choices we make every day. Memory's Door is now my second favorite. Please read it. It won't disappoint you.