James L. Rubart in his new book, "Spirit Bridge" Book Three in the Well Spring series published by Thomas Nelson gives us the concluding adventure with the four members of Warriors Riding.
From the back cover: The warriors riding have battled in astounding supernatural realms. Set captives free. And awakened thousands of hearts. But now their only chance of survival depends on calling forth the spirit bridge.
Reece, Dana, Brandon, and Marcus have achieved staggering success in spiritual realms . . . but each is reeling from recent vicious attacks. They need rest. A break from the war.
But the warlord Zennon is raging and will give them no quarter. The demon holds what he believes is a trump cardâ€”a hidden strategy set in motion before the Warriors Riding even beganâ€”that will detonate the team from the inside out. And he's just set it loose.
The street-magician Simonâ€”finally free of Zennon's alternate-reality prisonâ€”is racing to remember his past before his ignorance obliterates his destiny. Then there's Miyo, a brash young warrior with advanced knowledge of spiritual realities and supernatural armor even Reece doesn't know about. They will be pivotal in the final war against the Warriors Riding.
If only the Warriors knew which side Simon and Miyo are truly on.
Spirit Bridge is the epic conclusion to acclaimed author James L. Rubart's Well Spring series, which will propel each of the Warriors Riding on a quest of true identity, ultimate freedom, and a final battle that will leave them changed forever.
The war isn't over yet! The battle rages on! Our band of warriors is tired and they need rest and time to heal but there isn't any. The first two books in this series have been terrific however I think this is Mr. Rubart at his very finest. Good versus evil, the angelic host and opposed to them, of course, are the demonic host. For the Warriors Riding to lose the cost would be staggering. "Spirit Bridge" is a very exciting book. One that will keep you flipping pages trying to find out what will happen next just as fast as you can read and flip. Everything is Biblical and Mr. Rubart is at the top of his game with his writing. "Spirit Bridge" will keep you asking questions, once you get the answer to one question it leads you to another and then another. This is an adrenaline laced adventure story. The characters are extraordinary and well written and you get involved with every one of them. This is a just plain fun, exciting story that entertains as well as makes us think. Mr. Rubart has batted in a winner and I recommend this book highly.
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The Warriors, back from defeating Zennon, are ready for a little R&R, or so they think. A new Prophecy has been revealed to Reece and this one may be the one that brings the world to an end. Simon's world is in turmoil as he struggles to find his place in the world now that he is free from the alternate-reality that has kept him a prisoner for so long. Brandon is still confused with his direction as the Voice and his feelings for Dana. Marcus and Dana are still exciting over their part in the success they had in the spiritual battle against Zennon. With this new prophecy, though, things are about to change. Zennon is raging from his most recent defeat and will stop at nothing to gain the power to defeat the Warriors. This time, though, there is a new Warrior and they've never seen anything like her. Will Brandon ever get his voice back? What is the history of Simon and how does he fit into the battle? Who is this mysterious new Warrior and where did she come from? Run across the bridge and BUY THIS BOOK!!
I feel like saying that Jim Rubart continues to amaze me, but I feel like that would do a disservice to this great writer. I shouldn't be amazed that he continues to impress me or that he continues to fill my head with great Fiction. From the first book that I read by him ("Rooms") to this one, each one is definitely getting better and better and cements my "Favorite Author" nomination (Yeah, yeah, it's all in my head, but ok since no one's really listening). I continue to enjoy how his characters have everyday conversations with Him, just like they are old friends. But I also love that his characters are fallible (just like me) but are continuously loved by our Father. The story line is finally wrapped up in this final book clearly and concise, but not to such a point that he can't bring us a reunion book later in life (hint, hint Mr. Rubart!)
Is this a "guy's book"? This book, this whole series, heck, anything written by Jim Rubart is a definite "guy's book" and should be read, reread and read again. If there are any men out there looking for a book for their book club, this series of books is the best series to start with. The intrigue, the stress, the spiritual battle, the fallacy of the human mind, are all wrapped up into a great book that every man should read.
Brandon is the Song, yet (in a previous novel) he has lost his singing voice. He is bitter, depressed, and finished with the Warriors. Reese and the others try to convince him to remain part of the spiritual warfare group. Brandon has to be a part - the prophecy says so.
The Warriors face the demon Zennon one more time. When one of them dies from the battle wounds, the future of the group is unclear. Then situation becomes even more tense as two people join the group and it appears one of them is an agent for the enemy.
This is the third in a series and while the novel can be read on its own, much of this story line in this novel depends on the events from the previous ones. If you want to receive the full benefit from this book, you should read Soul's Gate and Memory's Door first.
As in the previous novels in this series, the Warriors travel in the spirit and battle evil. People can disappear from one place and appear somewhere else (as did Philip in the Bible). Reese, who lost his natural sight in a previous novel, has spiritual sight and can see peoples' auras. The Warriors also enter into peoples' souls to do battle for spiritual healing.
The strength of this novel is its teaching on spiritual warfare. Through the words and experiences of the characters, we learn how the enemy gets a foothold. There is a longing inside a person that provides a crack, an opening to the enticement presented by the enemy. There are other lessons on the deceptive nature of the enemy and the power of worship.
We are often reminded that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. Spiritual truths described in the Bible are real experiences in the spirit world. Rubart excels in describing the reality of spiritual warfare. The final spiritual battle is spell binding. The novel is very entertaining yet full of instruction on spiritual warfare.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
You know you've reached a great series, when you actually take part of the novel with you in your own dreams. This is just the case with James L. Rubart's latest novel in the Well Springs Series, Spirit Bridge. This concludes the journey of the group known as the Warrior's Riding, comprised of Dana Raine, Marcus Amber, Brandon Scott, Reese Roth. Each of them have had a role to play in venturing forth in the spiritual realm to do battle with the coming evil lead by a demon called Zennon. Through each of the subsequent novels these four have had to fulfill the ancient prophecy that foretold of this battle and how each of them would be instrumental in helping to achieve success. Until that time, they have been growing in strength and wisdom guided by the Spirit of God and practicing their skills in the spiritual realm. Often times they have been called to help find healing through visiting another's soul and discovering what deep dark secret lies buried beneath that is preventing them from being all they can be.
Now as they prepare for the final battle against Zennon and his demons who will hold nothing battle in their attempt to destroy the Warrior's Riding and their mission to help others know God through their ministry. This time, they feel they have the upper hand due in part to a secret weapon that will be unleashed in the midst without them knowing about it and will begin to destroy them from the inside out, much like the Trojan Horse did to Greece. Now all they have to do is be patient and wait for the signs that the warfare has been released and then they will take over the lives of the Warriors as well as those they had hoped to save.
I received Spirit Bridge by James L. Rubart compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers for my honest review and did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I have loved this series from the beginning and think that James did an exceptional job not only at character development, but in the entire concept of spiritual realm travel and warfare. To have the ability to war within the spiritual realm and to further the cause of Jesus Christ is so mind blowing, you can't help but get lost in the true meaning behind it all. There is a freedom that comes from being released from the bondage that keeps us from truly seeing what God wants us to see and know as well as the softening of the human heart towards the things of God. That is why so many remain blinded even in our world today, despite what is apparent to us as believers. 2 Corinthians 4:4 makes this point perfectly clear and thus, I believe, defines the purpose of the Warriors Riding to set unbelievers free. " "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
I can easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and was my favorite novel in the entire Well Springs Novel Series. I love how James defines Simon, the street magician's role in this novel and shows just what connection he has had to the group. It also shows us how subtly the enemy can even work in the believers life to gain a foothold to cause chaos and temptation where we least expect it. I know I came away with this a whole lot stronger in my faith in Christ and the battle we all face every single day. This novel is the third and final book in the Well Springs Series and isn't designed to be read as a stand alone as James L. Rubart's previous novels have. To begin the journey, pick up Soul's Gate, then Memory's Door before concluding with Spirit Bridge. Definitely a must read for fans of spiritual warfare fiction.
The Warriors Riding return in fine form in the final installment of the "Well Spring" series. Brandon, Marcus, Reece and Dana have embraced their calling and gone to battle in the spiritual realms, seeing tremendous success with the Spirit's leading. At the same time, they have endured life-altering attacks that have left deep wounds behind that have been allowed to fester, wounds that need time to heal. But the demon warlord Zennon battles on without pause as he unleashes a hidden plan to take the team down, from the inside out. Soon the Warriors find themselves facing their greatest challenge yet, with their very lives at stake.
"Spirit Bridge" is an amazing tale, an epic conclusion to a series that has truly challenged me spiritually and left me longing for the intimate relationship the Warriors experience with each other and the Holy Spirit. The story is action-packed with scenes of good and evil abounding, all leading up to a truly memorable battle between good and evil. Now, I will say that Brandon's character annoyed me quite a bit in this book - likely as was designed to do, as he is reeling at the loss of his voice and what this means for his future. But though on occasion I found his character to be simply unlikable, the Brandon at the beginning of the book provides for a fine contrast for the transformation that readers trust is to come. All in all, the characters in Spirit Bridge are intriguing and original, and I enjoyed watching them grow and be challenged over the course of the novel. I loved the introduction of Miyo to the scene as well, and I think it would be awesome to meet her again in a future Rubart novel! Rubart's writing is as exciting and as thought-provoking as ever, and I truly enjoyed not only this book but the entire series.
I strongly recommend this book and award it 4 out of 5 stars. Those who have missed the first two books in the series (Soul's Gate and Memory's Door) should plan on picking up copies of their own and diving right in to these excellent books!
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