Saturday, August 31, 2013

*Soul's Gate*

Soul's Gate, Wells Spring Novel Series #1

This story of Soul's Gate is as wild as a mountain waterfall, as refreshing as the smell of pinon pine and it glows more brightly than a campfire.
This is a story about the soul....
It is as complex as the lives of several individual people: Dana, Brandon, Marcus, Tamera and Reece, who are the fulfillment of an amazing prophecy.

Reece, appointed to be the leader, will train the four in how to enter human souls and wage war through the power of Christ on the evil that kills, steals, and destroys.
Together, these four warriors of the Kingdom will bind up the broken-hearted, set captives free and tear down strongholds. This is spiritual warfare.

I thought this book sounded really unique when Litfuse announced that volume two, Memory's Door would be touring soon. When the awesome Litfuse Group offered *both* books to people who had missed book one, I knew I needed to read them.

Then they came.... and I looked at them and thought "I'm going to read two thick books on spiritual warfare? Yikes!" You know what? Once I started Soul's Gate I didn't want to stop...and I was glad I had the next book waiting for me. This book is written as a novel, featuring main characters whose first reaction to Reece's teaching was much like my first reaction to this book: "I'm really not all that into spiritual warfare, but I sure like Reece's Christianity." They agree that Reece, a big guy who wears his Stetson cowboy hat and knows when to be tough on you and when you need tenderness, is the real deal as far as a follower of Christ.
And it's that sense of genuineness that helps to keep them all from stealing the car and escaping when Reece begins teaching them things that stretch their narrow understanding of "reality." Like Reece explains, *Every now and then we get a break from reality. A glimpse into the other world that is more real than the reality that we live in 99 percent of our days.*

And it all begins at a place that captured my heart as I read, a place that lives through James Rubart's descriptive writing: Well Spring Ranch. This place is beautiful, peaceful, and "The curtain is thinner there." In Dana, Marcus, and Brandon's lives, their transformation and renewal begins at Well Spring.

But it most certainly does not end there. It never will end. The journey of knowing God and living for Him in the power of Christ will not end in this life and will never end in eternity.

Memory's Door, Wells Spring Novel Series #2

When I was eleven my biggest dream was to be a novelist. It was fueled by reading The Chronicles of Narnia, and from story being chosen as the best my 7th grade English class.
But in eighth grade the dream took a major hit. I took journalism class (loved it) and at the end of the year tried out for the school paper. Didn’t get chosen. Rejected. In that moment I buried the dream and listened to a lie that sank its claws deep into my heart: “You can’t write.”
I believed the lie. But the dream refused to die throughout my teens. I subscribed to Writer’s Digest magazine. I dabbled in short stories. In my 20s I even went to a few one-day writing seminars. But I never showed my writing to anyone.

The Dream Comes Alive

Then in 2002, my wife announced she was going on a fast. Why? She didn’t know. How long? Same answer. After two and a half days a light bulb exploded over my head as I rode next to my wife in our car. I felt God say, “I’ve given you the skill and desire to write, when are you going to step into your destiny?”
I turned to Darci and said, “I know why you’re fasting. I’m supposed to be a novelist.”
She stared at me and said, “I’m hungry for three days, and you get the answer?”
We both burst into laughter. It was the perfect response to lighten a moment where I had to make a serious decision. Would I choose to step in? The obvious answer is yes. I dove in full-force to writing my first novel (ROOMS) and finished it in late ’05.
I won’t bore you with the details of how it was rejected and ultimately purchased (in early summer 2008) so suffice it to say it took significant perseverance and belief. That’s why, whatever your dream is, I encourage you to keep pressing in.  They can come true.

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