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Cross Roads [Kindle Edition]

Wm. Paul Young
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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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One of the most faith-enhancing books I have ever read. Bear Grylls on THE SHACK This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good! Eugene Peterson on THE SHACK This book is speaking loud and clear to a lot of people The Independent on THE SHACK Bunyanesque - bold, imaginative, humane and funny Church Times on THE SHACK Once again we have an interesting depiction of the Trinity but I was really taken by the breaking down of the 'wilderness of his soul' that the lead character experiences whilst in his coma. Certainly one to spark some lively discussions... Together Ruthless Tony spencer rates success by the amount of real estate properties he owns. Charismatic when in need of information, or anything to augment success, he is ruled by the need to increase and maintain his capital. Divorcing and then remarrying his wife only to fully destroy her- physiologically, financially and legally- his only concern is to maintain the upper hand. Yet, there are moments when he succumbs to alcohol and remembers the faults in his actions, the things he has lost. With a second chance, he either has to make right the things he has done , or give someone a chance at a better life. Church of England Newspaper The strength of this novel is its ability to face up to the realities and tragedies of life; as a result, it could be a great book to lend a friend who has given up on faith... If you liked The Shack, you will love this book Christianity Magazine

About the Author

Wm. Paul Young was born a Canadian and raised among a Stone Age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of former New Guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult and now enjoys the "wastefulness of grace" with his family in the Pacific Northwest.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1229 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455516023
  • Publisher: FaithWords; 1st edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0090BFDHK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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229 of 237 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Shack! November 13, 2012
Format:Hardcover
CROSS ROADS...Even Better Than The Shack
Wow!
Stop reading this and go read this book!
If you need more convincing, I'll say a few words about this reading experience. Millions of people enjoyed The Shack for its fresh perspective on God's love and existence in community. I am guessing that even more people will relate to Paul Young's latest.
With incredible insight, which I suspect can only be gained through painful experience, the author takes us into the private world of Tony Spencer. Tony is a shrewd, wealthy businessman, who has ruined so many relationships that he suffers from paranoia. When a near death experience sends Tony into a coma, the story takes us quickly into his inner world. Readers follow Tony's journey into a real land where he meets Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Papa God. If Paul Young had to face critics of The Shack who took exception to God being portrayed as a black woman, it isn't going to get any better when those folks read CROSS ROADS :)
Like layers of an onion, Tony Spencer's hurts, pains, sins, and corruption are revealed to him, even as he encounters the trinity of God who is intent on bringing wholeness to him. Occasional use of strong language drives home the point i.e. Tony is told, "...you are adopted by Papa God, you are not powerful enough to change that..." p. 199
In a surprising manner, Tony is allowed and enabled to view life through the eyes of others as he is transported back and forth from our world to his own inner world. The story is easy to read and creative. It will pull some tears as well. The book does not directly take on the age old question of why bad things happen to `good' people, but we see characters dealing with Down's Syndrome, cancer, death, betrayal, addiction and the gamut of sins.
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100 of 110 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Young's Second Book November 17, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Some years ago I remember Madelene L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, writing that she generally disliked going to Christian fiction writing conferences, because they contain so little talent and depth. As a rule I avoid the fiction section of Christian bookstores for this same reason, they feel anemic. Thus far I think there is only one exception to this rule. William Paul Young(author of The Shack) just released his second book Cross Roads and though he hasn't yet displayed the prophetic qualities of Lewis, MacDonald or Rebecca Stead(author of When You Reach Me) his writing is certainly unique among Christian authors in the US.

Young departs from most Christian fiction authors by continuing to explore race in our culture, sexism in the church, and in Cross Roads he also explores discrimination young people with Downs syndrome face. He does this with more depth then in the Shack. I think Young can see that US Christians need discipleship in these areas, but I really wish he'd go deeper into the issues. His exploration of each are only side stories to the main plot, which is dominated by an intelligent white male's struggle to grieve loss, forgive himself, and learn to give.

Young also touches on one of the greatest tragedies that US Christians face today: the fragmentation of our society and our resulting lack of community. Young offers us a story of a family created by necessity. A white woman, her daughter in the hospital with slim chances of survival and her son with Downs live with a black woman who has migrated from New Orleans after Katrina. Without each other they couldn't survive, but together they forge a way. Whether Young meant this to be a picture of what the church is supposed to be isn't clear, nevertheless he lifts it up to us an beautiful ideal.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the vein of CS Lewis and the Inklings... November 14, 2012
Format:Hardcover
There are rare fiction writers that change landscapes and create "new normals" of imagination. Paul is one of those writers. A few years ago, I ran into Paul in Portland. He is disarmingly friendly. A friend to everyone he meets. He spends hours and hours after book readings just meeting people. Listening. Hugging. Sometimes crying. He is a rare and special gift. And he writes this way.

Forget Black Friday - this book should be the Christmas present you buy for everyone on your list.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO!!! November 13, 2012
Format:Hardcover
NOBODY…NOBODY can write about pain and the space between the unimaginable and unconscionable wounds inflicted during life on earth – and the reality of an ever-present loving, grace-filled, redemptive, triune God like Wm. (Paul ) Young. NOBODY…PERIOD!!!

On September 7, 2007 I wrote a review on Amazon – for a book entitled “The Shack – Where Tragedy Meets Eternity” — “an odd title,” I thought to myself – before I began reading. I had never met the author and had NOT requested a review galley. I read EVERY word on EVERY page. The story – from a character and plot development standpoint – was accretive….you couldn’t jump ahead or go to the conclusion. The story changed my life and introduced me to a dear man, William P. Young….along with a few dozen other folks. The book has sold over 18 million copies and is translated into a myriad of languages.

The author sent me the unpublished manuscript for his new novel Cross Roads – available on November 13, 2012 (Hachette Book Group New York, NY). I finished it in a day…well 8 hours of reading anyway…I savored this book!

I am required to be restrained here: Yes, I have the written authorization from the author to write this review. However, based upon the nature of Paul Young’s new novel Cross Roads, I have agreed to write this piece, without revealing either plot or character(s) – my suggestion – not his. Why?

Other than the obvious (release date is November 13, 2012 and the publisher desires a coordinated approach to pre-launch marketing) — Cross Roads, like The Shack, is a product of the uniquely imaginative mind of Wm. P. (Paul) Young. I have identified twelve, concrete things to share with prospective readers based upon these mutually agreeable guidelines.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
If you loved the shack then you will love this book. I cried and felt the spirit while reading this book.
Published 3 days ago by Teresa Bankston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As advertised. Thank you.
Published 11 days ago by yoga sutra
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK
LOVE THIS BOOK!! very excited to see Mr Young wrote a second book -- this one is just as beautiful as the Shack-- and maybe more enticing for young teenage boys-- gets their... Read more
Published 12 days ago by just a thought
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing journey!
I truly don't think that "The Shack" can be topped, but it has at least been matched. Mr. Young has done it again, with some help from the Father, Grandmother, and Jesus. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Richard Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 14 days ago by P
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Just like the Shack, Paul knows how to capture the relationship of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the character..touching.. I was just a little bummed by the ending.. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Lisa Merritt
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable
A really enjoyable read. Looking forward to the next book. A must read.
Published 14 days ago by NorCal
5.0 out of 5 stars It is also funny and fast moving
This book is very interesting, very creative and spiritually philosophical. It is also funny and fast moving. I would recommend reading it to anyone, religious or not. Read more
Published 16 days ago by ritarose
4.0 out of 5 stars A man searching......
Cross Roads makes you think about every decision you make in your life. The way in which each character in Tony's vision represents a trait of his, made me ask myself about myself,... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Frank
2.0 out of 5 stars A FORGETABLE BOOK
A FORGETABLE BOOK BY AN EVANGELICAL OF THE ARMENIAN PERSUASION.
Published 17 days ago by PK
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