Once again the small group of Warriors Riding is attacked by Zennon and his demonic soldiers. There are two new characters introduced in this book, Simon and Miyo. At first, it is unknown if they are evil, good or neutral in their dealings with the Warriors. Their roles are discovered, and the Warriors begin battle strategy. After another skirmish, the Warriors think they are done only to discover another huge battle with Zennon awaits them. This battle will take every single one of their skills working together. As the time for the fight looms closer, Zennon's hidden strategy is released and threatens to destroy all the Warriors have worked for. Some are deceived and unwilling to open their eyes while others climb to new heights with the Spirit. As in the other books, there are individuals who must deal with their sin before it is too late and the devil gets a foot hold by sneaking in through a seam in the soul.
While there are some great battle scenes, both in the spiritual realm and the physical realm, this last book in the trilogy fell a little flat for me. I can't really put my finger as to why, but the first two books I couldn't put down and immensely enjoyed, giving them both 5 stars. I did enjoy meeting the characters again with their individual nuances and personalities, their strengths and weaknesses. I also liked the visible manifestations of the power of prayer, faith and belief in God. I thought it great how the author pointed out how deceptive and sly the lies of Satan are and how to thwart them. I can recommend this entire series wholeheartedly as it will challenge how readers think about how they view themselves and their place in God's kingdom contrasted with how God views them. I look forward to see what this imaginative and talented author writes next.
"It would be wonderful if we were all able to get our entire worth and identity from being a child of the King, but it doesn't always work that way."
The Spirit Bridge, page 19
Scripture teaches time and again that when we are at our weakest, then we are strong. Because it is in those moments of absolute surrender that the King of the universe can fully have His way with us.
What is left unsaid, or is at least tacitly ignored, is the converse of that statement; "When I am strong - in my own strength, in my own will, in my own agenda - that is when I am at my most vulnerable." And that "strength" usually arrives at the awards ceremony. You know, when you've beaten the competition, when you've reached (exceeded?) your goal, when you've crossed the final hurdle and are basking in the warmth of well-wishers and accolades.
The Warriors Riding are indeed, riding - riding the crest of the latest success in their spiritual battles. Yet, as in all types of warfare, there are casualties. The Song, Brandon Scott, sacrificed his most powerful, most personal part of his being - his voice - for The Leader. Now, with nothing to sing about, he is on the ropes. And on the edge of returning his Membership Card for The Warriors Riding. However, The Temple - Reece Roth - has discerned that The Song is critical in the next spiritual engagement. He just hasn't discerned whether Brandon will ever return.
The street-magician Simon is racing to remember his past before his ignorance obliterates his destiny, And Miyo, a brash young warrior with advanced knowledge of spiritual realities and supernatural armor even Reece doesn't know about, will be pivotal in the final war against The Warriors Riding.
If only the Warriors knew which side Simon and Miyo were truly on.
Probably the only draw-back with this book is, with so many references and nuances to the previous two books, it's difficult to promote it as "stand-alone." That having been said, James Rubart has crafted a series on spiritual warfare that is so mesmerizing, and yet so authentic in its scriptural basis, that you should really desire to obtain the complete series. With a Study Guide at the end of the book to launch small-group discussion, the conclusion of The Well Spring Series takes the reader deeper yet into an understanding of The Enemy, and echoes again the words of the powerful hymn by Martin Luther:
The prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
5 stars for a message that needs to be heard by James L. Rubart
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 cardÃ¢â¬âa hidden strategy set in motion before the Warriors Riding even beganÃ¢â¬âthat will detonate the team from the inside out. And he's just set it loose.
The street-magician SimonÃ¢â¬âfinally free of Zennon's alternate-reality prisonÃ¢â¬âis 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.