This is the second book I have read by this author. Rooms was the first and I loved that book. I have mixed emotions about this book and it is hard to review. While the author made me think a little more about certain scripture was good. I did not like the characters as well as I should have. One character was way too cocky for me. If you were chosen to help people fight for their souls I would think it would be very humbling. It is fiction and certain parts were interesting. I did not like the author using a swear word. He is a good writer and it added nothing to the story. This is one reason I read Christian Fiction, to get away from reading these words. This book did not spiritually move me as it did a lot of other reviewers. I will read more of this author but do not think I will be reading the second book in this series.
This is the third book by James Rubart that I've read, and all of them are impressive and stimulating. The man can write some great stories - and his books are some of the most spiritually challenging and uplifting that you will find.
This book revolves around a prophecy concerning four people that will do great spiritual battle. This is the beginning of a series, but it also stands nicely on its own. While I am not a believer that God gives prophecies anymore (since the completion of the perfect Word of God), the themes and topics covered in the book greatly challenged my thinking concerning the power of prayer and the power of Christ in the Christian life.
So far, all of Rubart's books I've read have a Yoda-type character. This guy is always wiser than you think he is - staying one step ahead of the game. The book is full of redemption, forgiveness, and victory.
But with all that said, there are two big negatives. The author makes use of a cuss word.... Why, WHY do these authors feel it is necessary? Now, I will give him a little slack that a demon was the character who said the word - and the word was "hell", but it was obviously a cuss word and not a reference to the place. Big no-no.
The second was that, at one point, the characters shared champagne in celebration. I am of the conviction that Christians should not drink. Ever. Period.
The characters are real, but not terribly deep. The scenes are powerful, but sometimes predictable. And the dialogue was sometimes a little cheesy. But not a bad book. "Rooms" is still way better.
I received this book free from the publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Best Selling author James L. Rubart takes his reader deep into the mountains of Colorado in this compelling story of demons, angels, spiritual battle and a quest for freedom.
Rubart is a master at the craft of storytelling. "Soul's Gate" he is written with clarity revealing his understanding of the spirit realm and spiritual battle. He draws his reader with him as he incorporates his profound insight into the freedom and power available to the follower of Christ through an exciting plot and unforgettable characters.
"Soul's Gate" is a spellbinding novel of intrigue, mystery, and suspense with a powerful message of the purpose, fulfillment, and healing.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.