by James L. Rubart
Reece Roth believes it’s time to fulfill a prophecy spoken over him thirty years ago. He extends an invitation to four people in the Seattle area to join him in a spiritual adventure unlike any they’ve had before. Dana Raine manages sales people at a local radio station, Marcus Amber is a physicist and professor, Brandon Scott has risen to fame as a Christian singer/musician, and Tamera Miller is a personal trainer.
Those who accept the invitation travel to a secluded ranch called Wells Springs in the Colorado mountains. Reece then tells them he believes they’ve been chosen as warriors with potential to change the world. If they accept their calling, Reece will train them to open their minds and step into the supernatural—and learn to enter souls. They’ll battle in spiritual warfare—help people heal from wounds and set them free to live the lives God has called them to.
But before they can step into other people’s souls, they must first deal with regrets and past wounds. These warriors face a challenging journey—evil dwellers in the spiritual realm will try anything to stop them.
Writers can learn from the following:
1. The characters are interesting people with careers a little out of the norm. I liked that I had to wait a little while to discover exactly what Reece did for a living (internationally known photographer).
2. Rubart created “real” characters. They were each successful, but they still had problems they had to face—personal challenges they had to overcome in order to follow their spiritual calling and be successful. The author made me care about each one. We learn about their pasts and want them to succeed in the future.
3. The author asks a “what if” question that asks reader stretch their minds, suspend disbelief for a time, and step out of the known. (What if you could travel inside another person’s soul?)
4. Scripture and science is used to lend reality to the world he’s created.
5. The story challenges readers to think about the spiritual realm and how their own lives are affected.
6. There is a clear theme about the freedom that comes from inner healing.
7. Each scene and chapter is well paced and serves a purpose. They drive the story forward and create a desire to read further.
*** Soul’s Gate won the 2013 Christy Award in the Visionary category (supernatural, fantasy, science fiction).
Submitted by a Christian Editor Connection member.
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, and Soul’s Gate. He lives with his wife and sons in the Pacific Northwest.You can learn more at www.jameslrubart.com.
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