The Five Times I Met Myself by James L. Rubart; 2015;$15.99; 388 pages; Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN; 978-1-4016-8611-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 1/2/16-1/7/16
Brock Matthews owns 49% of a successful Northwest Coffee Company with his brother. He is married with a son. Things seem to be going well until his friend gives him a book about lucid dreaming, that is being aware that you are dreaming, and in some cases trying to exert some control over what is happening. Brock meets his younger self and suggests some changes that he might make as life goes on. Brock awakens to find that somethings in his life have changed, some minor and some very major things. Brock continues to try and fix things but finds that until he surrenders to a higher power nothing will be right.
Did I enjoy it? Yes. It made me think of some things that I have thought about changing if I could have. There is one paragraph that I cried when I read it and then cried again when I read it again to Ruth Ann. Brock’s statement as to what he would say to his late father truly moved me.
What is with the title of the review? Brock is able to change things in his past. But the things he changes affects much more than the things he thought they would.
Spirit Bridge, A Well Spring Novel, Book 3 by James L. Rubart; 2014; $15.99; 372 pages; Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN; 978-1-4016-8609-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Library Outreach; 11/20/15-11/24/15
The Warriors Riding trilogy comes to an end with a battle between the forces of hell and the army of God at Safeco Field. Brandon, Dana, Marcus and Reece have lost one ally and gained two more. Each of them has doubts and cracks in their belief that may grant the enemy a foothold in their soul. This story shows the power and reality of the spiritual warfare that goes on around us each day. It shows the reality of our day to day existence and how each of doubts and other things that show how effective we are in the battle.
Did I enjoy it? Yes and I wonder if there those among us who are as powerful as the characters here. I can think of a few that I think are.
What is with the title of the review? As it says is Ephesians 6: 12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Rooms by James L. Rubart; 2010; $14.99; 385 pages; B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN; 978-0-8054-4888-7; Purchased from Amazon.com; 2/19/14-2/21/14
Why did I read this? I read it back it in November and then nominated it for my book group, The Corner Reading Society, and they chose it for next month. I thought I should reread it since I am moderating the discussion.
What is the story? Very successful software mogul Micah Taylor inherits a house on the Oregon Coast from an great uncle he never knew. He leaves his life in Seattle to check out the house, and things begin to happen in his life, things at his new house affects the life he has come to know. Things happen in his spirit that affect his company and his relationships in Seattle. The house has rooms which seem to be various compartments of his past, each of the rooms affect him in very specific ways.
Did I like it? Yes, once again I related to much of the book and to some very specific portions of the story. Again the author has made me look at my own life.
What is with the title of the review? Like Santini and Fields a key part of the story is the relationship between father and son, which is a important relationship to me.
Memory’s Door, A Well Spring Novel, Book 2 by James L. Rubart; 2013;$15.99; 358 pages; Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN; 978-1-4016-8607-9; Fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 1/24/14-1/27/14
Why did I pick this up? Because I have read all of James’ books and enjoyed them all and they have made me look at my spiritual life and decide that there are things I need to change.
What is the story? The four members of the Warriors Riding group are each facing challenges in their lives some of them are very subtle and some of them are very scary. They are fighting against a spirit that many people who call themselves Christians would not have a problem with. Therefore there is constant tension among themselves, within the group even and other Christians. They confront each other and others in the Church who are comfortable with the spirit they are fighting against.
Did I like it? Yes, I believe that the spirit they are fighting is a problem in the church. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters and the spiritual content also, as it made me think about my own life.
What is with the title of the review? I have thought of several titles for this post, some of them would give away too much of the plot and some of them would ignore a firestorm of comments from people on every side of the issue.
Soul’s Gate, A Well Spring Novel, Book 1 by James L. Rubart; 2012; $15.99; 375 pages; Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN; 978-1-4016-8605-5; Fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, 1/14-1/15
Why did I pick this up? I have three other books by the author and am impressed how he uses simple things to address spiritual issues.
What is the story? Reece Roth has been trained to go into other peoples soul to combat evil. There has been a prophecy that there will be a team that he will train to do the same. He gathers three people, a sales manager at a radio station, her ex-fiancee Christian music superstar and a physics professor (as open minded as Dr. Sheldon Cooper is closed) and begins to train them. They encounter all kinds of spiritual roadblocks and attacks as they train to fight on a spiritual plane. Eventually they become fully trained and learn to work together.
Did I like it? Yes, each time I read one of Mr. Rubarts’ books I see deeper into my own spiritual condition and wonder what I can do differently.
What is with the title of the review? This is the verse that I was thinking of as I read Souls’ Gate, in the New International Version it says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the ruler, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.