Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Soul's Gate

Soul's Gate, James L. Rubart, Well Spring novels, Thomas Nelson, Speculative Fiction/Supernatural, November 6, 2012, 400 pages.

Synopsis: “Every now and then we get a break from reality. A glimpse into the other world that is more real than the reality we live in 99 percent of our days. The Bible is about a world of demons and angels and great evil and even greater glory.”

What if you could travel inside another person’s soul? To battle for them. To be part of Jesus healing their deepest wounds. To help set them free to step boldly into their divinely designed future.

Thirty years ago that’s exactly what Reece Roth did. Until tragedy shattered his life and ripped away his future.

Now God has drawn Reece out of the shadows to fulfill a prophecy spoken over him three decades ago. A prophecy about four warriors with the potential to change the world . . . if Reece will face his deepest regret and teach them what he has learned.

They gather at a secluded and mysterious ranch deep in the mountains of Colorado, where they will learn to see the spiritual world around them with stunning clarity—and how to step into the supernatural.

Their training is only the beginning. The four have a destiny to pursue a freedom even Reece doesn’t fully fathom. But they have an enemy hell-bent on destroying them and he’ll stop at nothing to keep them from their quest for true freedom and the coming battle of souls.

My thoughts: Soul's Gate surprised me! I wasn't expecting such a speculative novel from Thomas Nelson. I'd expect this book more from Realms (of Charisma House). Although, since this is my first time reading Rubart, I may have seen it coming if I'd read Rooms before.

Speaking of reading Rubart, I'm absolutely sure this won't be my last time. His character development and scene progression are fantastic. By the time you've finished the author's note at the end, you'll find that what he points out is true: this book is primarily about healing and a restoration of a relationship with the Lord, not just supernatural speculative intrigue.

I cannot avoid mentioning the visions, insight, and Spirit-given power that are frequently seen in the book. Because I consider this speculative fiction, I can easily accept these in the story. Rubart helps in this matter by stating in his author's note that he doesn't think "soul travelling" is a large possibility in our world. Like Peretti with his "Darkness" books, Rubart delves well into spiritual warfare with cunning villains and confrontational scenes.

In conclusion, Soul's Gate is much deeper than the up-front spiritual warfare taglines. It's about restoration and seeking the Lord. If you're not afraid of some speculation, I think this is a good book for you.

*This book was provided free by the publisher, in conjunction with LitFuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.*

My rating: 5 stars

1 comment:

  1. So glad you like Soul's Gate, Noah.

    Much appreciation for your support!