Book Review: Well Spring Series by James L. Rubart

Freedom isn’t Free – but the price has been paid. You must accept and believe.

The Well Spring Series, three novels by award-winning and bestselling author, James L. Rubart, are not new releases. I’ve owned the first one, Soul’s Gate, for over a year in e-book format, but caught it in audio a few months ago. Since this Covid quarantine, I’ve been completing an audiobook every other day. I’ve also been trying to stick to fantasy/paranormal/supernatural books to keep me in the right frame of mind for editing my own contemporary fantasy novel.

I read other books by Rubart several years ago: Rooms, The Chair, Book of Days. Each of these were don’t-put-down, think-about-for-days-afterwards reads. The Well Spring novels did not disappoint!

Soul’s Gate is the story of Reece Roth, a spiritual warrior broken by tragedy and loss. But God isn’t done with him yet. There’s another battle he’s been called to fight. A prophecy spoken over him thirty years ago calls him to train an elite band of four to carry on the battle in the Spiritual Realms. He locates and recruits the four to join him on a retreat deep in the Colorado Mountains. Only events don’t proceed as Reece expected and he finds himself confronting the very demon who took him out of the fight decades earlier. If Reece can’t conquer his own past, how can he hope to train others to conquer the things they can’t even see?

The moment I began, I didn’t want to put it down. I invented all kinds of reasons to listen––folding laundry, dishes, walking, showers, cutting and raking hay. This holds true for each of the three novels. I was enchanted and deeply engaged from page one through the conclusion and wishing there were three more books to devour.

The same held true for Memory’s Door and Spirit Bridge. Both are continuations of the battles and learning began in Soul’s Gate. This description from the website says it all.

The four members of Warriors Riding have learned to wage war in the supernatural, to send their spirits inside people’s souls, to battle demonic forces, and to bring deep healing to those around them.

But their leader Reece is struggling with the loss of his sight. Brandon is being stalked at his concerts by a man in the shadows. Dana’s career is threatening to bury her. And Marcus questions his sanity as he seems to be slipping in and out of alternate realities.

And now the second part of the prophecy has come true. The Wolf is hunting them, and has set his trap. He circles, feeding on his supernatural hate of all they stand for. And he won’t stop until he brings utter destruction to their bodies . . . and their souls.

Jim’s website claims he writes to bring readers into a freer life, and that’s exactly what I felt when I was done with these. I embraced the heart of the story and desired a deeper relationship with the Lord. I’m still inspired by the ideas and prayers Reece and the others uttered from the pages of these novels.

I’ve long loved Ephesians 6 with its armor and talk about our fight not being with earthly beings but instead beings of supernatural origin. I also love Galatians with Paul’s words about true freedom and how to achieve it. The Well Spring books brought the Biblical words to life in my mind. I could see them in the scenes of these novels. They became three-dimensional, colorful, and real.

If you have any interest in the deeper aspects of the Spirit or Spiritual Warfare, or if you just like novels that pick you up, take you for a wild ride and don’t dump you out until you’re dizzy on the last page, then you need to read these novels.

If you’re interested in exploring what it means to be your true self, you might want to check out his newest release, The Pages of Her Life. But I warn you, you may never look at yourself in quite the same way again.

Here’s a link to the author’s website, with info on each of his novels including others not mentioned here. It’s work the click.

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