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- Publisher: Faith Words; Unabridged edition (September 3, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1478951923
- ISBN-13: 978-1478951926
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,887 customer reviews)
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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.
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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. Instead of getting every answer, there is often a leaning toward experiencing God and trusting God. This will undoubtedly cause a stir among people who insist on tidy doctrinal explanations of life. In the midst of experiencing God and learning to trust, Tony gets answers that have eluded him for his whole life and I think most readers will easily see parallels from their own lives.
Dozens of insightful proverb-like comments are scattered throughout the book, often in the context of one member of the trinity explaining how life works. I think most people will resonate with those proverbs as comments which open up the scriptures in a nonthreatening way. In this sense, the book is a spiritual fable with definite lessons to teach. The crucifixion was described as "God in the hands of angry sinners."
I'm convinced that most people will see in the character of Tony Spencer, some of their own brokenness. God is approachable and intent on restoration.
I predict that this book will find its home in the forefront of the growing body of literature which recognizes love as the character of God.
I cannot remember the last time I read a novel that I enjoyed as much as CROSS ROADS. My anticipation is that, like The Shack, CROSS ROADS will help a multitude of people to grasp the love of God perhaps for the first time in their lives. Well done!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR,Part 255.
The book starts out a little slow but it's a proper pace as it develops the plot and the characters, especially Tony, the main character. After the first 2 or 3 chapters you become intrigued with the unfolding drama. As the intensity increased I thought, "Oh man, I feel like I need to brace myself for the emotional climax that will surely come." Prepare yourself, you will not be disappointed.
Now some might say that all this emotion stuff is "sappy." That's just a natural human response, a defense mechanism to avoid strong emotion, to try to maintain control, adult composure. I would recommend the opposite. Be the innocent child, let yourself go. Let the author lead you through the story, become vulnerable, "dive into" the main character, (and other characters), become that character vicariously, see things through his eyes as it were. You'll understand the significance of this when you read the book.
For me, one of the most significant chapters was "The War Within," by far the longest chapter. Pay special attention here. Several large theological issues are debated with the cast of characters allied against Tony. I love the way academic stuff is brought to life in a drama such as this. I particularly liked the verbal battles with the Sosho and Ego characters. It's absolutely brilliant! After finishing the book I opened up the Bible and some theology type books and saw that it's all there. Who would have thought that dry theology stuff could be so, so entertaining?!
Regardless of one's philosophical bent, you should take your time and meditate on the deeper implications behind the story. Like "The Shack," this is a book worthy of multiple readings and considerable contemplation. The scope of this book is larger than what appears on the surface, it's more than just another story.