Cross Roads

Cross Roads

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by William 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

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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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In which a Gordon Gekko-ish sinner is hauled from the slough of despondency by a very helpful Buddy Christ. Tony Spencer isn't a bad, bad, bad man, but he's not a good one, either. He loves women, whiskey and money, not necessarily in that order, and though once in reasonably good standing with the man upstairs, he has drifted into the limbo of not particularly caring one way or the other; in his view, "[l]ife was a violent evolutionary gasp of meaninglessness, the temporary survival of the smartest or most cunning." Big mistake, for when Tony finds himself in the back of a big screaming ambulance, fate pitches him out on the other side of the universe to face down--well, Dad, or Papa God, as evangelist Young cloyingly calls him. Grandmother is more sympathetic, if a touch elliptical and, well, a bit hippie-ish ("Breathe in, breathe out, be still."), but Sonny--that is, Christ--is a born explainer, patient and in the main, sympathetic. "Listen carefully, Tony," He says. "There is only...hear me carefully: there is only one God." Ah, yes: Straight is the gate and narrow the path--anyone who paid attention in Sunday school knows the drift, but Young's J.C. rolls right up to the edges of the New Age, without much evident fondness for smiting and such. Young has a very odd sensibility when it comes to spinning descriptions, serving up disturbing metaphors, such as "Winter simply bowed out like a beaten woman" (Why not a beaten man? Because a beaten woman, presumably, is more Pauline.), and odd ethnic observations ("Obviously Anglo-Saxon, a hint of something darker and finer softened his features…"). Even so, this yarn is competently (but no more than competently) spun, if ever so obvious. If Robert James Waller were to don homespun and ride the circuit, this might be the result. The faithful and literarily forgiving might approve.

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ISBN-13:
9781455516049
Publisher:
FaithWords
Publication date:
11/13/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
215,111
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.02(d)

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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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The Cross Roads 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 125 reviews.
InspiredJack More than 1 year ago
A great book. It inspires you to look at your life through the eyes of a man who has suffered a loss and blames God and the entire world around him. He builds walls around himself to shut out relationships and feelings. The book helps us to discover what is really important in life- ability to love and be loved, knowledge that we are never alone, that God is always with us, that god's help is always available only for the asking. You will want to read it again and again. Congratulations to Paul Young.
KRuffcorn More than 1 year ago
Cross Roads, Wm. Paul Young, (Faith Words, New York, 2012). Many of us remember The Shack, a book that took the country by storm. Cross Roads is the second book by Paul Young. If you liked The Shack, you may like Cross Roads, too. Cross Roads is similar to Young’s previous work in that it records a man’s encounter with the God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And, like The Shack God reveals himself in a number of different guises—all spark the reader’s imagination. The book stresses God’s love and grace rather than judgment and retribution. Forgiveness and healing are major themes in the developing relationship of the main character with the various persons of the Trinity. I thought the book was also similar to Pilgrims Progress, by John Bunyan. In Bunyan’s book the main character struggles through several adventures along the road to sanctification. In Young’s book the main character’s encounter with God sets him on a journey of self-revelation and salvation. The character is a thoroughly modern individual. The reader will recognize many if not all of the personal struggles and issues that the character encounters. These encounters can be both revealing and thought provoking for the reader. In The Shack, Young dealt mainly with the unique revelation of God and the relationship between the persons of the Trinity. Young broke the stereotypes of God and helped people see God in a new and fresh way. God was more approachable, less judgmental, more loving and gracious, and less removed and distant. The Shack cause many people to reflect on their understanding of God, and God’s activity in their lives and the world. Cross Roads deals with who God is and how God relates to us, but it focuses more on the personhood of the main character. I sometimes thought I was being allowed to observe a therapy session by a skilled mental health care professional. While this is important terrain to survey, I do not think Young’s second book is as profound as his first book was. Still, I recommend this book. It is a book that challenges us to think by presenting God, humankind, and the world, from an out-of-the-box perspective. Once again, we are gently invited to ponder the Trinity, our relationship to God, and God’s activity in our lives and in the world. This is certainly more than most books ask of the reader. Such reflection might not only bring with it fresh insights, but also a new, life changing perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! I cried my way through it! Young's ability to draw you into his world and make you feel like you're standing next to the characters is remarkable!!!! I would definitely recommend this to everyone!!!
annof2 More than 1 year ago
This book is for the doubting Thomases of the world. I loved the way it was written. I read the Shack and found similar twists in Cross Roads. I would read another book by this author because I love the Lord and all that He represents. I love the way he weaves the story so that the reader could possibly become saved. I would recommend it for book club discussions, especially with a biblical scholar in attendance to give their prospective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
William Young again uses a creative storyline to give insight into the unconditional love of God. Sometimes we make decisions which change our landscape - the good news is that they are not irreversible. The message is profound. The storyline is fast and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Couldn't put it down. Thought provoking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read, entertaining and thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whenyou start this book you may have it figured out - but this book is well written and a joy to read i suggest you read it to lift your spirits if you liked Mr Young's book "The Shack " you will love "Crossroads".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is another look at the trinity that Paul Young introduced us to in The Shack.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
Mr. Young’s book, The Shack, was a best-seller because it was well written, spoke to a specific audience and explored the theological idea that God, through Christ, continues to be connected to humanity.  His second book is just as well written, speaks to the same target audience but addresses the theological idea that, also through the work of Christ, God made community possible by the reconciliation of human beings to each other.   Anthony Spenser has it all – money, power, influence – and those things have brought him isolation, loneliness and paranoia.  When he has a stroke leading to the discovery of a brain tumor that lands him in the Neuro-ICU of Oregon Science & Health University, all he has ever counted as dependable, true and reliable is challenged.  When Tony “wakes up” after passing out due to the stroke, he finds himself in a land that was once beautiful but has fallen into disrepair.  He begins to walk, taking different paths by random choice, until he finds a walled area.  Although the enclosure is large, it has the feel of being uninhabited.  He is greeted by various welcoming individuals who seem to know a lot about him and his life.  These individuals reveal themselves to be: Jesus, a Lakota woman (who is the Holy Spirit) and “Jack.”  He soon learns that the walled enclosure is actually his soul and the isolation and “shabbiness” it shows is reflective of how he lived a life once so promising.  Because he is “in the between time” (he is in a coma, not dead but not living) he has the opportunity to “slide” into the minds of others.  Jesus promises him that he (Jesus) will heal one person he (Tony) prays for to be healed.  On this quest, he meets Cabby, a 16 y/o young man with Down’s Syndrome; Molly, Cabby’s mother; Lindsey, Cabby’s 14 y/o sister who is battling Leukemia and Maggie, housemate of these three.  The interactions with these folk are memorable, and his “introduction” to Maggie is one of the most hilarious moments I have read in a while.  Of course, through what he experiences, Tony’s world is changed and the resolution is satisfying while unconventional. There is no violence, sex or “adult” language in the book although the description of Tony’s injuries is graphic.  The book is filled with moments that will be points of contention among various Christian traditions and world views. To name but a few of these possible issues: Tony has not “accepted” Jesus before Jesus meets him and is already considered to be “family.”  The place of women in the Church is shown to be a political construct not a theological issue.  Humans are instruments of God for things of which they are unaware and accomplish things that will remain unknown until eternity is revealed.  God can do what God wants without permission or human understanding. God uses EVERYTHING that happens, even the “bad” stuff.  The questions raised by many of the situations in this novel would cause a reading group to become a hot bed of dynamic discussion. It is nice to read a good book dealing with a distinctly faithful world view.  I did not feel the book was preachy, nor was it heavy handed (even if I was in tears at the end of it).   The book was written from a Christian world-view but I felt it was more inclusive than I have come to expect from much of that genre.   I hope Mr. Young continues to write stories that cause his readers to consider where they stand.  It makes for an engaged read and keeps the readers attentive.  
Anonymous 11 months ago
Warm, entertaining and spiritually uplifting! Very much enjoyed reading this wonderful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book for everyone !!
catlady13 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. It kept me so interested, I hated to put it down. I am not very good at reading at long periods of time, but I hated to put this book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read the Shack, I didn't think Mr Young could write another book with so much insite. As with The Shack, Mr Young has again written a winner. He examines the soul and almost insists that the reader take inventory of their life. I had a hard time putting the book down, and yet I thought it would end the way it did. We all build walls in our life; it's what we do about them that matters. Mr Yound, thank you for giving us your insite into the life after and how God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are always there with us. I do know what is important in life; it's relationships and more relationships, and that is what living means. Thank you again, and I hope to see you again at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in September.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you haveever faced the loss of xomeone so close to you that you did not want to let go of tis book wil heal a small part of that pain. You wll see them again and they know they are loved, loned for and most important loved and remembered!
acAC More than 1 year ago
Having read "The Shack" I really looked forward to reading "Cross Roads". I was not disappointed. What a wonderful book.
Nikki17404 More than 1 year ago
I will read anything that William Young writes after reading The Shack. I love to read up-lifting, eye-opening, feel good about life and life-changing books. Another winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was less tragic than The Shack which made it easier to read. I like the characterization of The Trinity gives you something to look forward to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our pastor suggested this book to those of us who read The Shack. I am so glad that I took his suggestion.
Timejumper65 More than 1 year ago
As with The Shack, Cross Roads is a book that you cannot put down once you start it. Mr. Young's ability to bring the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit into a book is remarkable. I felt all three during this read.
ERM61 More than 1 year ago
This book again brings out one's faith through the writings of the author Wm. Paul Young. It inspires an individual reader to think, ponder, and search their own relationship with our creator in full union with the trinity of the Father, Son and holy Spirit. It makes the mystery that much more rooted in the foundation of our very souls. It is great literature to feed the soul and recommnded for all that need to refresh our true relationship in this sometimes difficult human world. Looking forward to the next book and was so excited to know the author is continuing to reach out to his readers with Cross Roads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I have read! better than the shack
Joost More than 1 year ago
If you liked "The Shack" you will love this new book by Mr. Young.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story of love, healing and forgiveness. I will cherish this book right along with The Shack by the same author. With god all things are possible!