Not since Rooms has a Rubart book captivated me the way this one did. From the beginning I began to relate with the characters, especially Dana. She is carrying a lot of baggage from her past and has put up strong walls in an effort to protect herself. I also related well with Brandon, Christian musician going through the motions. I loved Reece as the mentor. His wisdom and wit add so much to the story.
As Jim mentioned in the interview this is a story of freedom and healing, especially of broken hearts. For me, this story reminded me of the power of God and the reality of the spiritual world. Not that I believe that some of the things that happen in the story can happen (be sure to read Jim's comments at the end of the story to know what I mean). However, I think as Christians in America our intellect limits what God can and wants to do in the lives of His people. This story also reminded me of the power of prayer.
I think one of the things that excited me about this book was the premise from Acts 8. I remember a pastor I had growing up saying he believed that God would do that again for His people.
I would recommend this story for those who enjoy Frank Peretti books, especially the "Darkness" books. Also if you enjoy a creative story about freedom that will stretch the imagination this is a great choice. I'm looking forward to what is coming next in this series.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read and review this book, I was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
WOW! What a ride this book was! I cannot stop talking about it!
Soul's Gate centers around four individuals who are called together for a greater purpose. Reese Roth teaches the other three to embrace the true power of the Holy Spirit. They open their eyes to the realities of the spiritual realm in many way, and they begin to use His power to intercede for each other, replace lies, tear down strongholds, fight the enemy, and find freedom. The imagery of bondage and freedom in this book led me to tears multiple times.
The plot is fast-paced and unique with relationships, spiritual warfare, action, and suspense. The characters come to life on the page, especially as you glimpse into their souls. The author's notes at the end of the book discuss the reality versus fiction of the story. Most importantly, the theme and impact are powerful. True freedom is beautiful! That freedom is only found through Jesus and his Holy Spirit in us. The Holy Spirit is alive and powerful. He can erase the lies that we tell ourselves, and He replaces those lies with Truth...the truth that sets us free. Once we are free we can do all that He has planned for us.
I have to say again, "WOW!" This book inspired me to want to know Him more and to serve Him in a powerful way. He wants to use us and bless us in amazing ways, and I want to be used by Him. I highly recommend this book, and I am so thrilled that I received a free e-copy in exchange for my honest review.
Thirty years ago, Reece Roth was given a prophecy: "there will come a day when you will train themâ€”they will be four. The song, the teacher, the leader, the temple." That day has now come, and Reece, along with Marcus Amber, Dana Raine, Brandon Scott, and Tamera Miller, are scheduled to go on a retreat together. Before they leave, Reece instructs the four to read the gospels and the book of Acts, and watch a movie - The Matrix.
Once on their retreat, Reese shares with the others some of the things he has learnt on his Christian walk. This is heavy, serious, spiritual stuff that threatens to break the four out of their everyday Christianity as they work together to get to know each other and break down spiritual barriers.
Jim Rubart is the award-winning author of Rooms, Book of Days and The Chair, and from reading Soul's Gate, I can see why. Soul's Gate is a story of freedom in Christ, with a strong emphasis on the spiritual battles that sometimes must be fought for that freedom. While Soul's Gate finishes the story, the ending makes it equally clear that this is only the start of the journey for the four warriors, just as this is the first book in what I hope is planned to be a series.
This is not comfortable Christian fiction. The reader of Amish romance who occasionally branches out into a Western romance or a Love Inspired title is not going to enjoy Soul's Gate. But the reader who wants something a bit more challenging and who can deal with a bit of the "woo-woo demons and angels" stuff while find this book worth reading, if only to debate which aspects are fiction and which just might be true. Recommended.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for providing a free ebook for review.
So I'll be honest with you and tell you this review will already be a little biased. Every since Mr. Rubart burst onto the Christian Fiction scene with his first book, "Rooms", I have been hooked. His books have become that proverbial "no brainer" when I see a new one pop up on my local Christian bookstore's shelf.
Reece Roth is a man of few words, but deep thoughts. Reece has been taught how to enter a person's soul and fight for their freedom. Unfortunately, this has come at a personal price to Reece. Early in his soul fighting days, Reece entered a soul without permission and the result was catastrophic for his wife and child. That was 30 years ago. Today, Reece is being called forth by God to teach a group of new students on the art of battling for the soul, a move that Reece isn't sure he's ready to tackle. The four recruits (Marcus, Brandon, Tamera and Dana) are from various backgrounds, but they have been identified by Him for the job. Reece has been quietly cultivating their relationships and been told that now is the time for all of them to meet. Almost immediately, the demons begin their attack on the new recruits. Distractions come at them from all angles as the demons attempt to thwart their impending training. One of the new recruits changes her mind at the last minute, which gives a win to the demons. Reece gathers the remaining recruits at the Well Spring Ranch to begin their training. As Reece trains them in various facets of entering a person's soul, he also explains the rules and dangers that go with this power. As their understanding of his teachings grow, Marcus asks that they enter his soul. What secrets will they uncover inside? Can they really do battle inside a person's soul? Who is next to have their soul freed? Those are all great questions and wonderful reasons for you to BUY THE BOOK!
I only speak one language, but there are plenty of words for me to use to describe this "Soul's Gate". Awesome and thought-provoking are two that come immediately to mind. Mr. Rubart has written a book that strikes deep to the core of basic Christianity. As his character points out, "The Bible is about a world of demons and angels and great evil and even greater glory". We read about the miracles performed in the bible, about the Holy Spirit and all that was done in His name. We've lost that. We've let the world into our souls and pushed Him further into the background. Yes, I'm still saved, but sometime I feel like I'm just going through the motions. The Bible is ALIVE! The Holy Spirit is within us all just waiting to be freed. I won't guarantee that you'll have the same experience that I had with this book, but I will tell you that this book will put you in the right frame of mind. Mr. Rubart has some fascinating ideas throughout the training of these recruits, but for each one he has a scripture ready to explain his line of thinking. That right there was more than enough for me. I found myself savoring the interactions that he had with his recruits as they prayed for open eyes to the Spirit. As each attack came from the demons, these prayer warriors showed who had the real strength.
Is this a man's book? This is so much more than a man's book, but I loved how the main character, Reece, was a quiet rock of strength. We men need to give up on the notion that religion is weak, because after reading this book and experiencing what I did while I was reading it, there is no one stronger than my Lord!
I found this book quite interesting as well as entertaining. It definitely kept my attention. It dealt with the spiritual forces that we battle against. This is the first of a series so this book does a good job of establishing each of the main characters. They were all extremely different and likeable. They each have their own struggles that they are battling and I loved how they helped each other with their struggles. The whole battling inside someone's soul was strange but well done. I am glad that the author made a point in the end to say he doesn't believe that someone can actually enter someone else's soul. If you like reading fantasy, adventure and the spiritual realm, then you will enjoy this. I really enjoyed the book and I look forward to reading the others in the series.
I received this book free from booksneeze.com in exchange for my review.