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Casio Hightower, now a prominent member of the community and a police officer, was a superstar quarterback and tapped by several colleges as their next golden boy. Casio's rages are tearing him apart and are close to landing him in jail.
The only way to move forward with their lives is to readdress the crime of their past, with the help of God and his perfect grace.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Imprisoned by memories, Claudia Campbell lives each day in the shadow of a ten-year-old murder. Who can set her free?
On the way home from a football game, a decade earlier, a masked gunman opened fire on a Texas school bus. Cheerleading coach B.J. Remington was killed, but her murderer was never found. Claudia, who had a close friendship with the young, spirited teacher, constantly relives the anguish of that day, caught in one moment in time. When her husband, the assistant district attorney, becomes determined to uncover the mystery of that tragedy, the secrets buried over the years threaten to tear their family apart.
Officer Casio Hightower will never forget the day his dreams were destroyed. A star quarterback with a promising future, Casio was on top of the worlduntil one bullet changed everything. He is eager to help Victor Campbell find B.J.s killer, the man who shot him. Maybe solving the case will help silence the demons driving Casio to hurt the woman he loves.
As the Campbells and Casio teeter on the brink of losing everything, will they be able to discover that what begins at the crossing ends at the cross?
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.
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. Shes 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 Gods 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 Crossingsays it all. The depiction of the novels main character Claudia reveals the devastating and irreversible effects of untreated trauma and the dire consequences if left undiagnosed and untreatedas 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 Gods 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
MsJenel31New Haven, CTAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This Christian Murder Mystery was Amazing!August 21, 2013MsJenel31New Haven, CTAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Who would have ever thought a Christian novel would be so awesome? Not only was it a Christian novel, but it was a Murder Mystery. I was a little hesitant about reading it because I thought it would be whack, but it blew my mind.
THE SELF TAUGHT COOKDAVENPORT, FLAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5OLD SCARS THAT HAVE YET TO HEAL . . .September 4, 2012THE SELF TAUGHT COOKDAVENPORT, FLAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4On the way home from a high school football game, a masked gunman jumped onto the bus and opened fire, killing the cheerleading coach, BJ Remington, and injuring the star quarterback, Casio Hightower. Ten years later, Casio and his former girlfriend Claudia are still dealing with the aftermath of that terrible night. When Claudia's Assistant District Attorney husband reopens the case, the truth of what happened that night reopens old wounds that have never really healed.
This is a good novel portraying characters suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They seem like real people with real problems, which you don't usually find in fictional novels. Casio has anger management problems as well as relationship problems, and Claudia suffers anxiety attacks and flashbacks. These are very real and common symptoms. The opening of each chapter where we hear BJ's dying thoughts are captivating. They may be the best part of the book. It held my attention right up until the end, and then somehow it fell flat. The solution was predictable and it seemed that most of it was wrapped up off-stage, if you will. But all in all, it was a good read, and I thought it was nice that at the end there was information regarding PTSD.
Martha Artyomenko3 Stars Out Of 5Deals with some hard issues...August 8, 2012Martha ArtyomenkoQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4My Review:
When the students on a bus are witnesses to horrific murder in front of them on a school bus, it sticks with them. Now, many years later, when Claudia's husband decides to look into the case, Claudia is torn up by the memories.
It was a hard story, showing how trauma can effect people differently in their lives. As each character deals with solving the mystery of the murder, will it turn out to be one of themselves?
I enjoyed this story, but it was a little hard to get into to begin, but once you started, you finished it!
amomfromtheburbsWestland, MIAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5The Crossing is a very unique readJuly 31, 2012amomfromtheburbsWestland, MIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I generally like who dunnit books but this one was really hard for me to get into. I guess I'm just use to books that follow one or two characters. This book follows the story of four characters. It bounces so much between the four that it's really hard to get into it and I will admit, I've put this book down several times to read other books.
So, what's this book about? The book follows Claudia, Casio, Vic and BJ. Here's the weird part, in the beginning of the book we find out that BJ was killed by an unknown person on a bus that was filled with cheerlearders and football players. We also find out that BJ and Claudia were friends.
The book follows how that night has affected Claudia, Casio and Vic that happened 10 years previous. One of Claudia's friends, Casio, is a police officer who has major anger issues. Vic is the new ADA who wants to open the case to look into who killed BJ. Vic and Casio don't really get along since Claudia use to date Casio but are forced to work together on this case.
How does everything work out in the end? Who killed BJ?
Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
RickMiddleburg, FLAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5The Crossing - From a Man's PerspectiveJune 2, 2012RickMiddleburg, FLAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2This has been a LONG time getting to the top of my too be read pile. I joined "Blogging For Books" last year some time in a hesitant start to this whole review blogging thing I'm doing. I waited, and waited for the book to come in, but it never showed up. Here now, with my resurgence of doing these reviews, I had them send me another copy so that I can finish what I started.
Claudia, Casio and the several other players and cheerleaders were on a bus back from a game when, while they were stopped for a train, a masked gunman boarded the bus taking the life of their cheer director and friend, BJ. Other than minor injuries, no one else was hurt except for BJ. The relationship between Claudia and her teacher had gone past the normal boundaries and they had become close friends. Flash forward 10 years, Claudia is still haunted by what happened on the bus, Casio, now a police officer, is having trouble with anger management. Claudia's husband is the ADA and has been given new evidence by Casio that gives him a reason to reopen the case to hopefully find the killer. Is there a killer on the loose? What is Claudia hiding and why doesn't she want the case reopened? Does Casio ever get help with his anger issue? READ THE BOOK!
This book was rather hard for me to get into, unfortunately. The book is basically written from the perspective of about 4 characters; BJ, Claudia, Vic and Casio. I guess I'm just a simple guy and having to read these perspectives was just a bit much for me. The plot was pretty straight-forward, although there were some side stories that I thought distracted from the main plot (the affair that Claudia's mother had). There are several underlying themes that were spelled out in the book; Spousal Abuse, infidelity, faith, etc. just to name a few.
So is this a "man's book"? I would have to say probably not. Not that I think all men are as easily confused as I am, but I would rather have a book that just tells the story. Having it told by different perspectives was a major turn off for me.