I read the Shack and loved it. I read Cross Roads concerned that Young's next novel just wouldn't be as good. I was wrong! Not only is it better, it's different, and has a lot more humor. If you didn't read the Shack it wouldn't matter as Cross Roads is not part 2.
I read some of the other view points and must say I understand what they are saying, but please, please please remember one major fact about both these books, they are Fiction! and awesome ficton at that.
Very different kind of book ~ first 50 pages rather slow, but it picks up after that! Great story but not as good as "the shack". Would recommend it but probably won't read it again ~ I re- read "Shack" several times.
After reading "The Shack" a few years ago and being unable to put it down until I finished it I was reserved on this book. I thought no way could the author come anywhere near the work he had done previously. I was wrong. Great book. I only wish this author had more books published, but with the general storylines he covers in both the Shack and Cross Roads, it would be a difficult task to replicate his style in too many different forms. If you liked the Shack, or if you are willing to look outside the box spiritually, I would absolutly recommend this book!
Wm. Paul Young in his new book, "Cross Roads"published by FaithWords brings us into the life of Anthony Spencer.
From the inside jacket flap: 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?
I can't help it "Cross Roads" seems to me to be a 21st Century "A Christmas Carol". Both stories are remarkable tales of redemption and healing from the events that wounded us and caused us to become warped versions of what we should be. Anthony Spencer has turned into an arrogant, rich, egotist but he is given a chance at redemption. And how he goes through his healing process it what makes this such a remarkable story. Mr. Young has done a marvelous job of bringing his characters to life on the page. Every single one of them play out so well on the pages you would think you had known them all your life. "Cross Roads" is a great read that I was sorry to see come to an end.
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I thouroughly enjoyed this read. You can't help but come to really care about what happens to Tony (I was hoping God would restore him in the end). As in real life, the revelation of Who God is, is a process, not an instant event. The dealing with the sin in our life has to be a process, we could not handle it all at once and each event is a "dying" of the flesh so that the Spirit of Jesus can increase in us.
I loved the characters and the humor. God really does have a sense of humor. We have to remember this is a ficticious story but the character and love of God shines through, there is always an element of truth in fiction. Very good.