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Editorial Reviews


“Serita Jakes has created a rich story about confronting the debilitating wounds of one’s past and standing at a crossroads of hope and healing—or ongoing suffering.  Her characters take meaningful and relatable journeys, and they will serve as an inspiration for many to find the path toward wholeness.”
—Dr. Frank Lawlis, bestselling author, consultant to the Dr. Phil show, and the author of revolutionary program PTSD Breakthrough

“An amazing story of hope, loss, and the unconditional love that brings us back to God, Serita Jakes has created a meaningful novel that tears at your heart while mending your brokenness at the same time. The Crossing is powerful storytelling.”  
—Pat Smith, founder and CEO of “Treasure You”, President of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities

The Crossing is captivating from page one. Serita chronicles a remarkable tale of betrayal, pain and spiritual anguish.  Her writing uncovers an important core message: how to find freedom from past hurts and wounds, and move toward a life of forgiveness, healing and Divine wholeness.”
—Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors

“Serita Jakes’ The Crossing is so much more than you expect. She’s a brilliant woman of God and this stirring novel will reach so many hearts and lives with its message of grace and healing.”
—Lisa Osteen Comes, associate pastor Lakewood Church in Houston Texas, and author of You Are Made For More

“First Lady Serita Jakes is a unique lady with a big heart. She has experienced hurt in her life, therefore The Crossing is a perfect novel for her to write. She is a woman who loves much and wants to help others. This book will impact, and may even, save your life. I salute Serita and consider her one of my children.”
—Dodie Osteen, co-founder Lakewood Church and author of Choosing Life.

I hope whoever reads this book never has had to go through loss and suffering. But should you be faced with one or the other or both, Mrs. Jakes’ powerful words will help you through it because it demonstrates God’s forgiveness, powerful healing and unconditional love for us all.
—Jamie Foster Brown, publisher, Sister 2 Sister Magazine

“Serita Jakes has captured the true meaning of what it means to “wear the mask”. And the phrase ‘cover your sins and keep up appearances’ penned in The Crossing—says it all. The depiction of the novel’s main character Claudia reveals the devastating and irreversible effects of untreated trauma and the dire consequences if left undiagnosed and untreated—as it does all too often. The Crossing hits home on these important issues in a down-to-earth and entertaining way. The Crossing is an important novel and I highly recommended.”
—Terrie M. Williams, author of Black Pain

“A meaningful novel about loss, forgiveness, suffering, and God’s healing, unconditional love. A perfect read for women who have seen hard times. I highly recommend it.”
—Paula White, Paula White Ministries/Senior Pastor, Without Walls International Church

About the Author

SERITA ANN JAKES has been involved in Christian ministry all of her adult life and has served alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes, throughout their entire marriage of nearly 30 years. In addition to raising three sons and two daughters, Mrs. Jakes is Executive Director of the WoMan To Woman Ministries of The Potter's House of Dallas where her husband is Senior Pastor.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400073030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400073030
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Daysong Reflections VINE VOICE on September 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Crossing is not a pretty story with a fairytale ending where everyone lives happily ever after. Actually it is a gritty, down-to-earth, real life narrative centered around a ten-year-old unsolved school bus murder and the lasting effects it has had on several witnesses and the people in their lives.

Two of the students on board the bus on that fateful night experience symptoms of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). Claudia Campbell experiences increasing bouts of anxiety attacks and her spending habits have gotten out of control. Police officer Casio Hightower struggles with out-of-control bursts of rage that physically harm the people he loves most. When Claudia's husband Victor, an assistant DA reopens the case in hopes of helping his wife, Casio determines to help him solve the case. As new clues come to light, secrets of the past are revealed that change everything they believed to be true.

The Crossing was a new reading experience for me. Just when I thought I knew how everything would turn out, something totally unexpected and/or shocking would occur. Interspersed between present day narrative were the last thoughts of the murder victim as she lay dying. Although this did not contribute to the solving of the case, it did add extra insight to the story. The book is well written with evident thought given to the characters and their unique reactions to their shared experience with an emphasis on how faith made a difference in their circumstances.

Although The Crossing is very different than the books I usually choose, I would highly recommend it for its honest and insightful look at how one event can change a life forever.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Blogging for Books program.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Kinney on September 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
A 10 year old murder that was never solved. A woman who died before she could confess the truth of her affair. Her best friend who mourned the loss without knowing the whole truth. A man who could have been an NFL quarterback but endured a career ending injury. Their stories collide, and the truth comes out.

Disjointed. That is the word that came to mind when I finished reading this book today. The story was interesting, and I did not want to put the book down. I was surprised by the ending when I found out who done it. However, it was not a pleasant surprise. Instead, I was confused at to why this person did it. It was character thrown into the story in the last 50 pages. This character was related to other characters throughout the book but not introduced until toward the end. The story did not develop this character enough to truly understand the motivation behind the act of murder.

As far as the rest of the character development, I was dissatisfied how some characters resolved their issues and were a better person by the end of the story while others never resolved their issues. These characters were just as bad, if not worse, by the end of the book.

I understood that this book was based on a murder investigation, so I anticipated some gory details. What I did not anticipate was the amount of sexual passion including many sinful relationships throughout the story. I am no prude, but there was more description of the sexual attraction than of the true repentance of a sinful relationship.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clarity on September 7, 2011
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I purchased this book on faith, of editoral reviews and the author. The Crossing: A Novel
This is one of the best purchases I have made (9/5/2011). I just finished (9/7/2011) at 8pm for a book I received upon release (9/6/2011) (yes I work). I was hooked from beginning to end and could not put it down. The setting, characters, the story line. Suspense, love, drama, and the surprise ending you would not believe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele on October 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I love books that make me wonder what is going to happen next... during the day when I am not reading them! This is one of those books! This story is written around a High School teacher who was murdered on a school bus after a football game in front of her students. The impact of this is still haunting many of them after 10 years, not just because of the horror of it but because the murder has never been solved.

When the case is re opened by the husband of one of the women that was with her when she died, it creates more turmoil than he expected and shakes their family to the core.

I was impressed by how well the story was woven together and how much detail was given to each character in such a short amount of time, I was able to get a clear picture of who these people were and they were very real. The story deals with several difficult topics such as adultery, domestic violence and mental health struggles and does so in a very real way that enables you to see the root of the issues.

The thing I most loved about the story is that it was real, there was no pretense and no love conquers all and everyone lives happily ever after all wrapped in a pink bow. Sometimes in life things are hard, people make bad choices, people go astray and some people don't find their way back, and some don't even try. That is real life and this book captures that. I loved it!

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook for this review.
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