Title: Soul’s Gate
Author: James Rubart
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Look at the title again. What do you think this novel will be about? Have you read other novels by this author? For me, this is the first one I have read by this particular author, and I will tell you I was hooked as soon as I opened the book. Here is a storyteller that uses various genres to tell a couple of truths about the Lord, freedom, and warfare in a way that helps visualize the action while reading it. Today many attempts are made in various ways to capture the interest of an audience to read a novel. Some have use YouTube videos to plant interest, others write reviews, and still others use synopses of books to attract an audience. Any one of these mediums can work, although some choose to look for more information before deciding. I had not read any of James Rubart’s books, so after reading a synopsis of this book, I thought it might be worthwhile to read.
There are four different characters in the story that carry with them wounds from the past that effect both the present and the future. Not only that, their pasts affect their relationships with the Lord. Some of the wounds or lies have been around for years, so to have them pulled out by the root can’t be done alone. To wage war to help bring freedom to these characters, they must first understand who God has made them to be and what name He given them. The name God gives them also represents what He is preparing them to do to bring freedom.
I thought this novel made a valid point in that we all need each other in the Body in order to experience the freedom from lies that are present within each of us. Next, it is also true that the devil is out to destroy us, not play with us, but take us out for eternity. It is also true that Jesus died to set the captives free, but sometimes the captives don’t even realize their need for freedom or the warfare that Satan unleashes to keep them enslaved.
James shares at the end of the novel what he experienced as he wrote this work of fiction. He shares what he believes to be real and what parts of the novel are just from his imagination. I think it is awesome when an author shares his life experiences with readers. We can be reminded that authors are humans too, and no one is exempt from the warfare or the need for freedom in Christ. When you read the book, listen closely to see what God may speak to you through this fictional journey. While this is a fictional journey for sure, it doesn’t mean that is all that it is. Christ read from Isaiah when He came the first time to tell everyone that He came to set the captives free. His audience then didn’t understand it; some didn’t even believe Him and others wanted to kill Him. People today are the same. We all need Christ, but some will repeat history and react the same way to Christ as they did long ago with rejection.
I loved this story, the characters, and the setting. The themes are very relevant for believers of Jesus today and for those who have yet to be set free. Another piece of encouragement in the novel is that no matter the amount of time we walk with Christ, we can forever be going deeper with Him. I pray you get this novel, and read it as a work of fiction that points to a greater reality for us today.
My rating is 5+ stars.
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