Soul’s Gate

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Title: Soul’s Gate
Series: A Well Spring Novel
Author: James L. Rubart
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: November 6, 2012
Pages: 400

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Thirty years ago Reece Roth got the opportunity to travel inside another person’s soul and battle for them and their healing. He traveled until tragedy struck his life and altered his future forever. Now God has called him back to fulfill a prophecy spoken over him three decades ago, a prophecy about four warriors with the potential to change the world. Reece believes they can change the world but his deepest regret holds him back from teaching them all he knows. It also keeps him from believing that he’s cut out for teaching them.

When Brandon Scott, Marcus Amber, and Dana Raine arrive at Well Spring, their spiritual meeting place, they are ready to get closer to God than ever before, but what they get is so much more than any of them expected. At first they think Reece is crazy and a fanatic, until they start to see biblical evidence and see it happen. The prophecy scares them, particularly what it prophesies, but they are willing to do what they thought impossible because the Lord is with them. They’ll do it, even if it means they’re thrust into a spiritual war they never really knew existed.

The more they get involved in soul saving, the more they catch the Enemy’s eye and the more they’re attacked with the intent to get them to stop. Not to mention painful pasts and relationships threaten to destroy all they’ve worked towards. As they learn to trust and lean on each other they’re attacked more. They’re prophesy is coming closer to being fulfilled and they have to rely on God and each other to take down they’re enemies. In the hidden war of the spirit, there is no place demons won’t go nor where angels won’t chase them.

Will the four be able to fulfill their prophecy or will they fail? Will Reece be able to overcome his regret or will it destroy all of the work started decades ago? Will the past hurts of the four hold them back or will they find healing and prosper? How will the four take out an enemy that seems much more powerful and so determined to stop them? When the time comes will they be able to band together and trust God and each other or will their training fall to the wayside?
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This book delved into topics that very few people think about, the constant war between angels and demons. I knew this existed and I knew that God can teleport human beings across space and time, but this book delved in deeper into the topic than I ever have. Everything in this book seems plausible, except the soul saving thing, but then again isn’t anything possible with God? This book definitely isn’t one that would be considered a quick read, but enjoyable nonetheless.

The thing I loved most about the story was the story. I loved how the heroes weren’t always sure of themselves and their mission like we are always shown and I loved how it was written in such a way that any Christian no matter where they’re at in their spiritual walk can relate to this book. I also loved how this shows freedom, freedom from our sins and regrets and sorrows though Jesus Christ and his death on the cross. Though parts of this book seemed a little unrealistic at times, the overall story that’s in the pages of this book is worth the read.

The vivid descriptions are a huge plus for this book as well. The imagination that was put into what a soul would look like is amazing. If I were to have thought what a soul looked like, I would’ve never ever have come up with the idea of landscapes or even the type of landscapes the author did. His descriptions of those landscapes are vivid and image forming and they make you feel like you’re standing alongside our heroes and it allows you to become a part of the story.

One thing I didn’t care for, besides the unrealistic-ness of some parts, was the fact that I didn’t really get to know the characters as much as I thought I would. Oh, you got to see their change and the inside of most of their souls, but for some reason I left the book feeling like I didn’t really get to know them at all. Some characters got more page time then others and I would like to see more of the other characters in the books to come, as well as getting to know the characters more in the next ones.

This being the first book I’ve ever read by this author, there wasn’t much I could expect. However, I loved this book and I definitely intend to read more from this author in the near future and I highly recommend that you do the same. Any author who can make me think and allow me to think on things I’ve never given much thought on leaves me no choice but to read as many of his books as I can get my hands on. This book comes highly recommended.

Overall, this is a great book to make you think and is definitely not a quick light read. This book is perfect for people looking for something different in a book or for someone who likes their books to delve into the supernatural. I don’t recommend this book to anyone other than an adult or a very mature teen. I give this book a four out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Christian Manifesto in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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