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  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Foxware Publishing LLC (May 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626202265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626202269
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,771,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite

... Readers of "Cross Currents" will be intellectually and/or spiritually challenged.

..."Cross Currents" is complex and deep. It is controversial and incendiary. Although Fox wrote it in layman's terms, the breadth and depth of the subject makes it the kind of book you have to read at least twice. had stories about his journeys with his wife Carroll.  ...You can feel Fox's conviction and appreciate his Ph.D. in theology. ..."Cross Currents" is highly recommended.

The book was reviewed by Margaret Lukasik.

Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite: (Five-Star Rating)


Award Winning Finalist in the 'Religion: Christianity' category of the 2013 International Book Awards.

More About the Author

Harry James "Jim" Fox has a Ph.D. in Theology, and
has served as Elder, Pastor, Missionary and Seminary Teacher. He currently
serves as an Elder of Calvary Baptist Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Jim was raised a Christian in western Colorado. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior in 1949 (age 7) at an old-fashioned tent revival. A few years after his marriage to Carroll, his wife of nearly 44 years, both became active in a small church in Arizona, and have actively served Christ together ever since.

After serving in the US Army and after he left active duty, he was hired by the Bureau of Land Management, a federal conservation agency. He served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon in seven different Baptist churches.

They have two boys, Tim and Mark, both committed Christians. Mark and his family are missionaries to an unreached people group. Tim and his family are also vitally involved in missions.

Jim was licensed to preach in 1996 and was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1997. During this time Jim received a Master of Ministry (Theology) Degree (1995), and a Ph.D. in Theology from Greenwich University School of Theology, UK, in 1997. Jim also served as an interim pastor for a Baptist church in England for six months in 2010.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ryry1 on May 19, 2013
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The author is obviously very passionate about Christianity, living by the rules laid out in the Bible, and spreading what he's learned. I personally don't consider myself a religious person, yes I believe there is a higher power...and I do recognize him as God, but the author, Fox, really has made it his mission to not only understand, but carry out that understanding each and every day.

I appreciate this book, despite our polar opposites in where we are in our faith, because unlike a lot of books on religion, he shares a bit of logic in his explanations and makes it easy to not only rely on human interpretation of Bible passages, but the meaning intended by God for humans to follow. For research purposes (whether personal or professional) I consider this book to be a tour de force and I give it 5/5 stars for the details put forth by the author along with extensive external resources and thought patterns that bring it all together.
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Most Christians are aware of the false God's and idols of Biblical times and of how people chose to invent their own religions rather than serve and obey God. Mr. Fox shows us that today is no different. False doctrines still flow freely and swiftly all around us. Many of these erroneous teachings contain only subtle differences, more difficult to recognize than the graven images of old. That, alone, makes these crosscurrents of change far more dangerous.

This book leads us through these perilous waters with wisdom, knowledge, and clarity. From the rampant liberal shifts in churches to attacks against the inerrancy of Scripture, the divinity of Jesus, and the power of God, this book bravely takes them on, one by one. Crosscurrents gives us intellectual answers for today's skeptics--answers based on Scripture, history, and Mr. Fox's own deep analytical research. To quote Mr. Fox, "It may stoke our ego to falsely think our free will can change the very being of God as we co-create the future. But, to the contrary, the Scriptures teach that God created us for his glory, and he considers us significant. Surely that is more than enough for us."

This wake-up call not only enlightens us to new false teachings, it helps us brave the crosscurrents of change we often choose to ignore--changes we sigh about while we turn away to happier thoughts. Fox show us clearly that without strong views, founded on truth, we will not be ready for the hard days ahead. This book is a must read for concerned Christians traveling through today's troubled waters.
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Upfront, I really appreciate the author's inclusion of Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Christians in the preface. I am an Orthodox Christian, previously a protestant Christian. I love all my brothers and sisters in Christ, and aside from denominations, we all need to be aware of the dangers today's Christians face.

While covering various topics like "The Da Vinci Code," why bad things happen to good people, Calvinism, and many more controversial subjects, Fox has done an exceptional job at outlining the topic at hand and the problems of each topic. Included at the end of each chapter are discussion questions and further reading options.

Every Christian has a job of discerning the world around them. While doing so, there are times when some things may not seem like a "big deal." Fox's book is an excellent tool to help every well-meaning Christian see some of the lies the world is trying to pass off as okay for Christians.

I thoroughly recommend this book to all Christians - ignorance it not an option.
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Once in a millennium one can point to a Christian treatise transcending the inchoate theories of pretenders to the theologian crown. "Cross Currents" is that treatise that dissects modern fallacious thinking and like the example that Mr. Fox presents in the book of the guide who told the boat leaders on a rafting trip where to head for shore to avoid falling over the waterfall to destruction, he provides a safe haven for thought and contemplation. From conspiracy theory to his contingency theory, Mr. Fox takes us on a tour de force adroitly exposing the inadequacies of thought and anchoring belief systems in a contingency theory reminding me of the characterization of chaos theory in the movie, "Jurassic Park," that imputes certitude to chaos. To use another example, his presentation of Contingency Theory reminds me of a Colonel friend who went to work in the White House for Kissinger. Henry Kissinger asked him to consider all contingencies for how to handle the British in the Falkland Islands dispute between Great Britain and Argentina. My friend worked a couple of days and then presented his findings. Mr. Kissinger went through the list with him and said you left out "nuclear war." My friend said, "But we would never consider that." Mr. Kissinger then told him that he asked for all contingencies. "Even if the answer is 'No' you must include it." Mr. Fox is a rare talent who can take us through the "Cross Currents" of theology clarifying the depths of thinking for those of us who stand in awe.
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