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.
What an amazing novel. Every once and a while one comes along that just takes your breath away. This is one of those novels.
What would it be like if we Christians lived today with the same strength and power we read the early Christians had? What if we entered into spiritual warfare, if we lived in a spiritual realm we generally ignore?
That is what Rubart writes about in this novel.
Reece Roth is a veteran at spiritual warfare. He was a warrior thirty years ago, but then stepped away from battle when he faced personal tragedy. Now he is back in the war and is to train others in the ways of battle. The danger is immediate. There are evil beings who are out to stop Reece and his friends. These demons have destroyed before and now set their sights on Reece.
This novel brings to our attention the seriousness of spiritual warfare and battling for the soul of another. Reece trains his friends to travel in the Spirit, to sense the spirit realm, and to enter into another's soul to do battle. Rubart admits at the end of the novel that he does not believe entering into another's soul is actually possible (this is fiction, after all).
But the rest - such as paying attention to the spiritual realm so we can sense what is happening in others... Is that the level of Christianity we can and should be living?
This novel is very thought provoking. I was glad to see an extensive Reading Group Guide because this novel would make for lively discussion.
I highly recommend this book. Read it and then discuss it with a friend.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.