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Product Details

  • Series: ConversantLife.com®
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736921966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736921961
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hazen mixes fiction and philosophy in an intoxicating brew that will keep you turning the pages! When you re done, don t put it on the shelf this compelling story is meant to be shared. --Lee Strobel, best-selling author, THE CASE FOR FAITH

Combines depth of insight into what really matters in people s lives with an artistic flair for a great story. This is a groundbreaking novel. I ve not seen anything like it exciting, entertaining, moving, and philosophically astute all at the same time. Hazen is generating a new genre of storytelling. --J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University

Hazen has delivered a literary piece that might actually be read and understood by those who would never touch a philosophy text on their own! --The Christian Research Journal

Combines depth of insight into what really matters in people s lives with an artistic flair for a great story. This is a groundbreaking novel. I ve not seen anything like it exciting, entertaining, moving, and philosophically astute all at the same time. Hazen is generating a new genre of storytelling. --J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University

Hazen has delivered a literary piece that might actually be read and understood by those who would never touch a philosophy text on their own! --The Christian Research Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dr. Craig J. Hazen is an expert in comparative religion and Christian Apologetics and the founder of the Apologetics Program at Biola University. He holds a doctorate in religious studies from the University of California and speaks around the world in the areas of science, religion, and philosophy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Craig J. Hazen is a Professor of Comparative Religion and Christian Apologetics at Biola University and founder and director of the Master of Arts Program in Christian Apologetics. He is also the director of the Master of Arts degree in Science and Religion at Biola. In addition, he is the founding editor of the philosophy journal, Philosophia Christi, that is now one of the top-circulating philosophy-of-religion journals in the world.

He did his doctoral work in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California where he focused on the historical interaction of science and religion. He is a contributor to a range of scholarly books including, Wissenschaft und Religion, To Everyone an Answer, Passionate Conviction, World Religions 101, Tough-Minded Christianity, Apologetics for a New Generation, The Apologetics Study Bible, The New Mormon Challenge, and more. He authored the monograph entitled The Village Enlightenment in America (University of Illinois Press). Two books to which he has recently contributed have been nominated for Gold-Medallion Awards. And his latest book is the break-out novel Five Sacred Crossings (Contend Publishing Group).

Prof. Hazen holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Religious Studies, a B.A. in Biological Sciences, and has studied at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. His academic work has been recognized with multiple awards for excellence from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Religion. He is a fellow of UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library, The Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

As an instructor at the University of California, Prof. Hazen was nominated three times as teacher of the year and co-taught one of the largest single classes in the University of California system. He is also the winner of the top award for faculty excellence at Biola University and the top award for university and community service. Prof. Hazen has given lectures in churches and on campuses around the United States and Europe on the evidence for the Resurrection, the historical reliability of Scripture, religion and science, new religious movements, and Christianity among world religions. For several years he was a co-host of a national radio talk program and is a regular commentator and debater for broadcast television. In addition, he has lectured several times on Capitol Hill and in the White House in Washington, DC. He lives with his wife, Karen, and four children in southern California.

Customer Reviews

It is highly educational and thought provoking while telling a good story.
S. Peek
The book deals with the exploration of spirituality by a group of college kids - and very accurately depicts their points of view - all within espionage & action.
K. Yingling
No matter where you are at or who you are I recommend strongly you read this book, it has something for everyone!
Miguel Benitez Jr.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Yingling on January 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Five Sacred Crossings" could easily be to apologetics what CS Lewis' "Screwtape Letters" is to spiritual warfare. This book lays out the case for Christianity in the most engaging and entertaining story - a real page turner that will have you on the edge of your seat. The book deals with the exploration of spirituality by a group of college kids - and very accurately depicts their points of view - all within espionage & action. Highly recommend for parents of college kids; it allowed me to hear the conversation my college age daughter is exposed to and will help me to help her respond to them.
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The Five Sacred Crossings helped me to understand my own faith, as well as others in the world, in a down-to earth informative way. Set on a college campus, with believable characters who are facing a very real terrorism crises in their community, it's a real page turner. I never saw the ending coming. It's an innovative novel that makes you think about what being a Christian means.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Vandervalk on March 22, 2008
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A few months ago, I took an Apologetics class taught by Craig Hazen which was one of my favorite classes ever. I figured his upcoming book was probably going to be interesting, too, so I put it in my Wish List before it was even published.

I am happy to say I was not disappointed. On the contrary, it was more than I expected - besides the excellent apologetics arguments it was hip, funny, intense, and exciting (and enjoyably "So-Cal"). The characters were believable and unsanitized. I've never read a book remotely like this one, so it was fresh and unpredictable. I had no idea how it would end, but when it did, I realized how emotionally involved I had gotten.

This book is a great example of the kind of fiction that will appeal to the up-and-coming generation of Christians, reflecting faith that is humane and compassionate while at the same time biblically solid and secure in its worldview. I just wish it was longer! At only 169 pages, this won't take you long to read, and it will be well worth it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Benitez Jr. on March 23, 2008
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Five Sacred Crossings is a fiction book that still has an apologetic slant. Dr. Hazen decided to take a chance and try and tackle this unique approach to writing this kind of a book. Well, It came out wonderfully. The story is about a College Professor who has done most of his research in the area of religion. He is asked by a friend to cover a class for a couple of weeks because she is having a baby. This book contains terroist, secret agents and still manages to have great philosophical and religious discussions throughout the book as well! Just a great book. It also has possibly the best ending I've ever read in a novel. No matter where you are at or who you are I recommend strongly you read this book, it has something for everyone!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ciela Burnham on March 6, 2008
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You think it is just another spiritual quest pseudo-novel. Or possibly, examining the cover, it is Christian propaganda disguised as fiction.

Instead, it is a track-the-terrorists adventure that kept me reading late into the night. At the same time Hazen weaves in spiritual ideas that point to Jesus as the true path without using Christian jargon. Package this book without the Christian references on the cover and this book is a time-bomb. "Five Sacred Crossings" should be read by all who are on a spiritual quest.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on May 29, 2008
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When I started reading this book I didn't really expect to like it. I had a feeling it would be a heavy handed trashing of other religions or a down and dirty attack on my own beliefs. To my surprise it was neither. I learned something from each of the five crossings that gave me a better understanding of my own religion.
Michael Jerrigan teaches a comparative religious course at a community college, using a rare antique manuscript. He encourages his students to argue the subject from various viewpoints. Eventully they reach the conclusion that Christianity is the only religion with satisfying answers. That conclusion is reached by understanding and respecting the views and beliefs of others, not by a dogmatic I'm right, you're wrong, case closed stand. Combine this with a local terrorist cell, an impending attack, a cryptic message which only Michael can interpret, and you have a gripping story of religion gone wrong. Different and thought provoking with a surprising ending, this one is strongly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Racer on March 1, 2008
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Story has been used for a long time to communicate deep truths in an entertaining yet engaging manner. Dr Hazen does a wonderful job here to draw his readers to consider important, eternal issues. Its easy to read and fits in a briefcase. Its an airplane book with food for the soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2009
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Five Sacred Crossings - A Novel Approach to a reasonable faith

By Craig J. Hazen

Had I not a copy of this book and knew it was Christian, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. I would have thought it was a new age book... I would not have guessed the mystery and wealth of information that lay between it's pages... I wouldn't have guessed that it was well worth the investment of a few dollars to read it!

So, what is the Five Sacred Crossings? It's a new style of Christian fiction.. or at least new to me -> Christian apologetic Fiction. I was shocked when I started reading it that I was devouring it so fast! I wished my University professors were as interesting in their script of religion as Micheal, the professor was in here. I wish someone would have given me this book when I was trying to figure out how to defend my faith. While it is a fictitious story it contains compelling arguments to bigger questions that I think most of us have faced at one point in our Christian walk against someone who wants to "fight". The method it uses to bring these questions to light are easier to understand, and the use of fiction helps the story stick in my head. I'm excited to see what else Harvest House has in store with their new Conversant Life series.

As Mr.Hazen writes in this opening "I hope the story will be compelling enough to entice readers to consider some thoughtful answers to real religious questions-readers who may never read an apologetics textbook..." You definitely don't have to be a Christian to read this, in fact I would give this book to any of my non-Christian friends because it is non-threatening, as it is "just fiction".

It is a book that will make you think.
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