Book Review: 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. On the other hand, like some other books in the same genre (like Ted Dekker), it felt like the book went too far, pushing beyond simple fiction and delving too much into spiritual fantasy. It opens the door too wide in my opinion for people to consider the book too literally and experiment with something spiritually dangerous. Somehow, I can accept teleporting and time travel, but going inside a soul scares me.

I received my complimentary copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Book Sneeze program in exchange for my unbiased review.

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