Cross Roads Paperback – Nov 13 2012
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One of the most faith-enhancing books I have ever read. Bear Grylls on THE SHACK This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good! Eugene Peterson on THE SHACK This book is speaking loud and clear to a lot of people The Independent on THE SHACK Bunyanesque - bold, imaginative, humane and funny Church Times on THE SHACK Once again we have an interesting depiction of the Trinity but I was really taken by the breaking down of the 'wilderness of his soul' that the lead character experiences whilst in his coma. Certainly one to spark some lively discussions... Together Ruthless Tony spencer rates success by the amount of real estate properties he owns. Charismatic when in need of information, or anything to augment success, he is ruled by the need to increase and maintain his capital. Divorcing and then remarrying his wife only to fully destroy her- physiologically, financially and legally- his only concern is to maintain the upper hand. Yet, there are moments when he succumbs to alcohol and remembers the faults in his actions, the things he has lost. With a second chance, he either has to make right the things he has done , or give someone a chance at a better life. Church of England Newspaper The strength of this novel is its ability to face up to the realities and tragedies of life; as a result, it could be a great book to lend a friend who has given up on faith... If you liked The Shack, you will love this book Christianity Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Wm Paul Young was born in Canada but raised by his missionary parents among a stone age tribe in the highlands of what was New Guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult, but now enjoys the 'wastefulness of grace' with his family in the US Pacific Northwest. This is his second book. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Wm Paul Young, the self-published author of the megahit The Shack has written another novel, this time with the help of Faith Words publishers, who released Cross Roads last month. Once again, Young writes of an encounter between a broken human being and the three members of the Trinity, depicted in his characteristically earthy, accessible and (in my opinion) winsome way. This book reminded me in turns ofof The Shack, A Christmas Carol (Dickens), The Great Divorce (Lewis), and Pilgrim's Progress (Bunyan).
To get my biggest criticism out of the way, I'll just say that the first thirty-some pages turned me off completely. If I hadn't been committed to reading the entire thing and writing a review as part of my agreement with Speakeasy, as well as having liked The Shack well enough to press on in faith that Young's storytelling abilities would win out, I would've abandoned the effort. The first few chapters are meant to introduce the reader to the deplorable state of the main character, Tony's, life, but do so by a string of preachy commentary and psychoanalytical insights that leave no doubt that we're being set up for a redemption story.
After his rough beginning, however, Young does what he does so well and draws the reader in by telling good stories and writing great dialogue that develop each character in a meaningful, fleshed-out way that feels natural and engaging. Finally, I began to care about the main character. Tony is a successful businessman, too self-absorbed and too busy to really care about or even notice the trail of broken relationships he's left in the wake of his path to the top.Read more ›
Knees, (literally), by serious health issues. What follows as he meets different characters and Jesus is a
Wonderfully inspiring read. Whether or not you believe in Christianity you will be inspired by this wonderful
Message of redemption and love. This story will comfort those who are further along in the journey of life and inspire the rest of us to do more and live more accountable lives. I want to loan my copy to so many people that I need more copies! I loved this book, I will read it again.
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Once again I loved the weaving of relationships found throughout this story. It makes me excited for Heaven again and reminds me that though this is a masterful piece of fiction we... Read morePublished 10 days ago by inchrist
The Shack was my most favourite book for several years - unable to find another book to top it or even come close ... Read morePublished on March 14 2013 by Yvee
after reading 'The Shack", I had high aspirations for Young's second novel. HUGE disappointment. Language is disgusting. Reference to Jesus leaves much to be desired. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2013 by Dodothy M. Nicholls
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