â€œEvery 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.â€
What if you could travel inside another personâ€™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 thatâ€™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 clarityâ€”and how to step into the supernatural.
Their training is only the beginning. The four have a destiny to pursue a freedom even Reece doesnâ€™t fully fathom. But they have an enemy hell-bent on destroying them and heâ€™ll stop at nothing to keep them from their quest for true freedom and the coming battle of souls.
|I can not express how excited I am to have James Rubart here at Favorite Christian Books. I fell in love with his stories with Rooms and his newest book, Soul’s Gate is amazing!|
FCB: Thanks Jim for joining us! When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Jim: Itâ€™s gotta be Peter. Out of all them, he got out of the boat. Yes, he sank, but he stepped out, took the risk, faced the fear. So often Iâ€™m like the disciples who sat in the boat and did nothingâ€”but I want to be more like Peter, and I donâ€™t think Iâ€™m alone.
FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him?
Jim: What made you step out in the first place? Did you get out of the boat again? Did your faith increase afterwards?
FCB: When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
Jim: Since 7th grade my dream has been to be a novelist. Yep, dream came true. I also wanted to be a pro football player (not going to happen) and a movie maker (might still happenâ€”but thatâ€™s another story.)
FCB: I’ve found the storyline of Soul’s Gate fascinating and thought provoking, if it doesn’t give away too much what is your goal in writing this book and series?
Jim: Freedom. Freedom. Freedom. (Gal 5:1) Healing of broken hearts. (Isaiah 616:1) Thatâ€™s the end result of life in Jesus. Restoration. Finding what was lost (our freedom, joy, destiny â€¦). I want people to come away from reading Soulâ€™s Gate having fallen deeper into Jesus than ever before, and be more free than ever before.
FCB: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Jim: Why the book worked or didnâ€™t work for you. In other words, when I know a little about the tastes of the person reviewing the book it helps me understand why they loved a novel or didnâ€™t like it. If we were listening to the radio together and a country song came on and I said I didnâ€™t like it, it would help if you knew Iâ€™m not a fan of any kind of country music.
Thanks for having me, Holly!
Not since Rooms has a Rubart book captivated me the way this one did. From the beginning I began to relate with the characters, especially Dana. She is carrying a lot of baggage from her past and has put up strong walls in an effort to protect herself. I also related well with Brandon, Christian musician going through the motions. I loved Reece as the mentor. His wisdom and wit add so much to the story.
As Jim mentioned in the interview this is a story of freedom and healing, especially of broken hearts. For me, this story reminded me of the power of God and the reality of the spiritual world. Not that I believe that some of the things that happen in the story can happen (be sure to read Jim’s comments at the end of the story to know what I mean). However, I think as Christians in America our intellect limits what God can and wants to do in the lives of His people. This story also reminded me of the power of prayer.
I think one of the things that excited me about this book was the premise from Acts 8. I remember a pastor I had growing up saying he believed that God would do that again for His people.
I would recommend this story for those who enjoy Frank Peretti books, especially the “Darkness” books. Also if you enjoy a creative story about freedom that will stretch the imagination this is a great choice. I’m looking forward to what is coming next in this series.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read and review this book, I was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
I’m giving away a copy of this book. Please leave a comment with your name and what state your from. This contest is open for those in the United States and are 18 years of age or older. I’ll pick the winner using Random.Org Nov. 20, 9 p.m. PST.