Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He 'awakens' to find himself in a surreal world, a 'living' landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt. It is here that he has vivid interactions with others he assumes are projections of his own subconscious, but whose directions he follows nonetheless with the possibility that they might lead to authenticity and perhaps, redemption. The adventure draws Tony into deep relational entanglements where he is able to 'see' through the literal eyes and experiences of others, but is "blind" to the consequences of hiding his personal agenda and loss that emerge to war against the processes of healing and trust. Will this unexpected coalescing of events cause Tony to examine his life and realize he built a house of cards on the poisoned grounds of a broken heart? Will he also have the courage to make a critical choice that can undo a major injustice he set in motion before falling into a coma?
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As other reviewers have mentioned, this book shares a portrayal of the relationship within the trinity and God's relationship with us. I found the story was a a bit trite and hard to get into at first, but the images, ideas and questions presented after Tony's accident were thought provoking. The characters and events presented after this event were engaging and humourous. The descriptions of the landscape of Tony's inner world captured the work of transformation and renewal that come with an encounter with the love of God. I recommend this book and will read it again.
This book met my expectations. I had just read Cruel Harvest and compared it to this child's story of redemtion. Cross Roads is fictional and Cruel Harvest is a real life drama. However, I was not disappointed.
I read the Shack and loved it. I read Cross Roads concerned that Young's next novel just wouldn't be as good. I was wrong! Not only is it better, it's different, and has a lot more humor. If you didn't read the Shack it wouldn't matter as Cross Roads is not part 2.
I read some of the other view points and must say I understand what they are saying, but please, please please remember one major fact about both these books, they are Fiction! and awesome ficton at that.
Very different kind of book ~ first 50 pages rather slow, but it picks up after that! Great story but not as good as "the shack". Would recommend it but probably won't read it again ~ I re- read "Shack" several times.
After reading "The Shack" a few years ago and being unable to put it down until I finished it I was reserved on this book. I thought no way could the author come anywhere near the work he had done previously. I was wrong. Great book. I only wish this author had more books published, but with the general storylines he covers in both the Shack and Cross Roads, it would be a difficult task to replicate his style in too many different forms. If you liked the Shack, or if you are willing to look outside the box spiritually, I would absolutly recommend this book!
Wm. Paul Young in his new book, "Cross Roads"published by FaithWords brings us into the life of Anthony Spencer.
From the inside jacket flap: Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He `awakens' to find himself in a surreal world, a `living' landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt. It is here that he has vivid interactions with others he assumes are projections of his own subconscious, but whose directions he follows nonetheless with the possibility that they might lead to authenticity and perhaps, redemption. The adventure draws Tony into deep relational entanglements where he is able to `see' through the literal eyes and experiences of others, but is "blind" to the consequences of hiding his personal agenda and loss that emerge to war against the processes of healing and trust. Will this unexpected coalescing of events cause Tony to examine his life and realize he built a house of cards on the poisoned grounds of a broken heart? Will he also have the courage to make a critical choice that can undo a major injustice he set in motion before falling into a coma?
I can't help it "Cross Roads" seems to me to be a 21st Century "A Christmas Carol". Both stories are remarkable tales of redemption and healing from the events that wounded us and caused us to become warped versions of what we should be. Anthony Spencer has turned into an arrogant, rich, egotist but he is given a chance at redemption. And how he goes through his healing process it what makes this such a remarkable story. Mr. Young has done a marvelous job of bringing his characters to life on the page. Every single one of them play out so well on the pages you would think you had known them all your life. "Cross Roads" is a great read that I was sorry to see come to an end.
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I thouroughly enjoyed this read. You can't help but come to really care about what happens to Tony (I was hoping God would restore him in the end). As in real life, the revelation of Who God is, is a process, not an instant event. The dealing with the sin in our life has to be a process, we could not handle it all at once and each event is a "dying" of the flesh so that the Spirit of Jesus can increase in us. I loved the characters and the humor. God really does have a sense of humor. We have to remember this is a ficticious story but the character and love of God shines through, there is always an element of truth in fiction. Very good.
Another great work by Wm Paul Young. The work takes the reader along with the main character on his journey to find out just how he built his world from his free will, and just how ugly it really was from the inside! Deeply looking into the soul of one man, how his life affected others, and his chance for forgiveness, mercy, and redemption! Great read....
Just finished it last night, crying through the last 2 chapters. It was so true to life-pride, arrogance, selfishness of today's hedonistic American society. Tony had a totally self-centered life void of any meaning until tragedy struck. It is a must read! Grandmother and Maggie are a hoot!!
The book was well written and he gives people a lot to think about. However, I think it was very misleading for many people who will erroneously assume that they can wait until they are in a coma before they face up to their shortcomings and get right with God. This is not to say that God couldn't do this if He wanted to, but it is highly unlikely.
It is a very entertaining book, but with a couple of changes at the end, the author could have made it much more scripturely sound. An indidividual has to make knowing choices to achieve salvation. I liked the "The Shack" and recommended it to a number of people. Not this time.
I found the book to be an enjoyable read---for a work of fiction. Young offered some interesting ideas and personifications of the triune God.
I feel that some portions of the story where lifted from C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce,” but it was different enough not to make too much fuss over.
I know that Young had to make one of the characters unlikeable, but he did such a good job that I never really got attached to him. When he encounters difficult situations, I didn’t feel a great deal of sympathy for him.
Overall, it was an enjoyable escape from reality with a few ideas that make the reader contemplate non-traditional concepts, but nothing I would consider groundbreaking or theology shaking.
This book was not quite as incredible as The Shack but similarly gives insight as to the massive variety of ways in which God works in us, uses us to work in others, loves us into his care and pursues us for his Kingdom purposes!
The first review of this book missed the point. If there is no room for God's grace, even at the end, then that thief on the right side of Jesus was lied to. Hummingbird apparently has no room for the infinite grace of God.
In typical fashion, Paul makes us think and think hard about our own life, about the nature of God, and how we respond to God's grace. It is not a sequel to The Shack, but in a powerful way, probes into the dark places all of us have. This book is not for the "casual" reader, but it is for the reader who wants their roots to grow deeper in Christ. I once heard Paul in person in New Orleans, and was greatly impressed with his faith, authenticity, and his personal honesty. I did not see this as his next book, but I should have!
If you don't want to think deeply about your faith, if you have issues with the way God lavishes His Grace, if you don't like the way life sometimes becomes messy, then this book is not for you. But if you are ready for another epiphany, then dive in, wrestle with it, then enjoy the feast of wisdom in this book.
I enjoyed The Shack and decided to purchase CrossRoads, I wasted my money! This book makes no sense at all, this man doesn't even believe in God and yet he's given an extra chance after he's dying and the Holy Spirit is Grandmother?