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Product Details

  • Series: A Well Spring Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401686052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401686055
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

By his own admission, the author is taking the spiritual warfare novel up a few notches from his previous book (Rooms) with a plot that involves entering and warring for the souls of other people and showing the path to spiritual freedom. References in the story line to sci-fi movies helps tie biblical references to bending time and space in order to enter souls. A trio of young people follows a wounded leader named Reece to a retreat in the mountains where he teaches them how to be warriors for souls and how to enter souls to set them free. The three must overcome their own demons, as must Reece, on the way to the final lesson. Readers with high blood pressure or heart conditions be warned: this is a seriously heart-thumping and satisfying read that goes to the edge, jumps off, and builds wings on the way down. (Nov.)

About the Author

James L. Rubart is a professional marketer and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling novel Rooms as well as Book of Days, The Chair, Soul's Gate, Memory's Door, and Spirit Bridge. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest. Website: www.jameslrubart.com Twitter: @jameslrubart Facebook: JamesLRubart

More About the Author

James L. Rubart is the best-selling and Christy award winning author of ROOMS, BOOK OF DAYS, THE CHAIR, SOUL'S GATE, and MEMORY'S DOOR. He's also a professional speaker and owner of Barefoot Marketing which helps businesses and authors make more coin of the realm.

In his free time he dirt bikes, hikes, golfs, takes photos, and occasionally does sleight of hand. No, he doesn't sleep much. He lives with his amazing wife and two sons in the Pacific Northwest and still thinks he's young enough to water ski like a madman. More at http://jameslrubart.com/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesLRubart

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I do know that God changed the way I think about a number of things while reading this book.
ibjoy1953
I do believe we are in spiritual battles all the time, but like our characters, we fail to realise that we have the mighty power of God's Holy Spirit living in US.
Joyceorchard
The story is engaging and keeps your interest, characters are well developed, and the book is well written.
Deborah Clack

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Cara Putman VINE VOICE on October 26, 2012
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Jim is an author who comes up with mind-twisting plots and what-ifs. Soul's Gate was no exception. The characters were interesting, but what grabbed me and is staying with me after closing the book is the idea that I want God to use me in a way like He did the characters. Imagine four people who fulfill an old prophecy. They are to come together to bring freedom to those who are in bondage. They have to start with themselves...and that means jumping in to other people's souls -- with permission -- to do warfare for them. Jim admits in an author note, that may not be possible. But so many other things in the book come straight from the Bible. Bottom line, I closed the book with a cry in my heart and hunger to be used by God in fresh, new, mighty ways to bring His freedom to this world. Definitely a book that can impact readers as much as Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. Bee on October 26, 2012
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Soul's Gate is one of those books that really makes you think after you've put it down. It is really mind bending. That is why it is so appropriate that it mentions "The Matrix" movie in it. This book is "The Matrix" of Christian fiction. It is full of suspense and keeps you at the edge of your set. What sets it apart is how it makes you realize God's eternal fight for your soul is a real battle. This is a battles we fight everyday and we need to stay on our toes. Those thoughts in the back of your head about how you are not good enough or how something worthy will be too hard is just the enemy trying to discourage you. I found myself on the edge of my seat for a majority of this book and yet it kept me thinking long after. The author describes the landscapes with such detail that I felt like I was really there experiencing with the characters. Since this is the first book in the series I cannot wait to see what else will happen.

I received this book free in exchange for my honest opinion
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Blankenship on October 25, 2012
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If you enjoyed Frank Peretti's Piercing the Darkness or This Present Darkness then you will probably enjoy Soul's Gate as well. Spiritual awakening, fighting the forces of evil, realizing the power we have through Jesus to overcome, this book has it all!

The only drawback about this book is that it wanders a bit farther into mystical than I would like. While the author freely admits at the end of the book that he does not believe it is possible to travel into the soul of another and battle there, that is the HUGE premise of this book. It is a wonderful thought, but ultimately our soul battles are our own.

The characters are great, the hurts that must be overcome are relateable (is that even a word?!) and you will probably find yourself in one of them. (Although I have to admit that the way I pictured them was NOTHING like the actors in the above book trailer.) It was a good read, and a great reminder that we are all called to battle the forces of evil, we all have the power of Christ that we can use during these battles, and ultimately the battle has already been won!

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for the preview copy of this book! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Rayburn VINE VOICE on February 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
Book Review of Soul's Gate by James Rubart

I'm a fan of James Rubart's first book, Rooms, so I was happy to review his second book, Soul's Gate. It's important that readers remember that these books are fantasy, and they ought not to consider the content literally.

Soul's Gate is a book about traveling inside another person's soul and engaging in spiritual warefare. It's about supernatural travel and a spiritual world that I've never considered before. In the book, Reece Roth mentors three others when they gather at a cabin in the mountains of Colorado. Dana, Brandon, and Marcus begin training that is a spiritual journey through their own past, a process of facing their deepest wounds, and a venture into their own souls.

This work of fiction invites the reader to consider what it would be like to be able to enter the souls of others. It isn't about considering whether or not it's supported Biblically. It's fiction. It might be easy to become distracted with an inner debate about whether or not the book is Biblical and miss the point of considering the spiritual battle for our own souls. It does a good job raising awareness of the importance of interceding in prayer, and it battling the forces of darkness. However, although the characters in the book embrace the concept after Reece convinces them there is Biblical support, transportation into the souls of others is not addressed in the Bible.

For me, there was something eerie about the idea. The plot had plenty of suspense and edge of the seat action. From a writing standpoint, it's well done and Rubart does a great job of storytelling.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Talbert on December 5, 2012
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I recently received a copy of "Soul's Gate" by James L. Rubart to review. After reading several other reviews on this book, it seems that I didn't enjoy it as much as other people who read this book. I felt that the book could have been much shorter. I didn't love the personalities of the characters. There wasn't one in particular that I felt like I could connect with; perhaps that is why it was hard for me to get into this book. The premise of the book is awesome, about the power of prayer. I do believe Christians do not use prayer like we should. I believe we have a lot more power than we think we do. This book does show that power. I just felt like I was done reading the book about halfway through.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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