“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” – Galatians 5:1
It may seem like this is mainly a story about the supernatural realm, and it is to a small extent. The characters see visions of what’s going on spiritually in several situations (of course, with God’s help.) But those pictures really only serve to show how things enslave us. Soul’s Gate is really more about the freedom that God desires each of us to have. The characters in the book each have their own form of bondage that keeps them paralyzed. When they allow the others to enter their souls and really see what is there, they find self-protective walls and guards to keep people out. When those walls are torn down, only then does healing begin. After that, they find is peace and freedom from the chains that have bound them for so long.
While reading Soul’s Gate, I couldn’t help but examine my own heart to see what was hidden there, just like the characters. We each have things that we’ve pushed down because they’re too painful to look at. But the book illustrates how God loves us so much that He wants us to experience a release from those things. And I’ve got to say that this book actually calmed my fears about taking those things out and looking at them and letting God heal those places.
I also love how the characters in this book also modeled how to pray more deeply for ourselves and for others. Rubart shows the characters relying on God to help them and guide them and show them things they could never see on their own. And while Reece is showing the four, step-by-step, how to hear God and how to pray, we, the readers, get to learn, too.
At the end of the book, make sure you don’t skip reading the author’s note. In it, Rubart explains his goal in writing the book is to see people healed and set free from their fears. He writes, “In the end, I hope the story entertained you, made you press deeper into Jesus, and gave you a glimpse into the vastness of his love.” I say, mission accomplished.