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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...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by FaithWords (first published January 1st 2012)
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Gerard Kelly
I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Shack when I first read it, but two things changed my opinion, and drew me to the writing of Wm Paul Young. The first was that I saw the evident impact this book was having on its readers: people were discovering, in Young’s writing, a new confidence in the truth that God is love and only love. Especially for those raised in a narrowly-defined faith, the Shack was a breakthrough. 18 million sales later – with perhaps 100 million readers – it continues to be so. Th...more
Jul 05, 2012 Bill rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Bill by: Requested from Author
NOBODY…NOBODY can write about pain and the space between the unimaginable and unconscionable wounds inflicted during life on earth – and the reality of an ever-present loving, grace-filled, redemptive, triune God like Wm. (Paul ) Young. NOBODY…PERIOD!!!

My review and the cover image are here:

On September 7, 2007 I wrote a review on Amazon – for a book entitled “The Shack – Where Tragedy Meets Eternity” — “an odd title,” I thought to myself – before I began...more
William Paul Young’s first novel, The Shack, was a publishing phenomenon. Young wrote the novel for his children to explain his thoughts on God and his theological convictions. More than 18 million copies later, Young had an international bestseller which touched the lives of people all over the globe. Itt has got people thinking about what kind of God, God is,what the Trinity really is and how the persons of God relate to one another.

Cross Roads is Young’s second novel and while sophomore effo...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is a great book. I had trouble with his first book The Shack and I have gone back and re-rated it, though I left my original review in place as it might be informative about a lot of my own take. I was raw at the time I read it and may need to read it at a later time.

This book is a fine uplifting read with a great deal of spiritual insight and hope. I suppose there are things that could be criticized about it, but none of much importance.

As a novel I think it succeeds though some may find a...more
Cross Roads, by Wm. Paul Young, is similar to his first book The Shack in that the Holy Trinity has a starring role in the book. Young uses this device effectively in The Shack, but perhaps it is just a tad tiresome when he uses it again in this book. Admittedly, Cross Roads is definitely intended for the Christian market, but Christians (at least this one) want something fresh, too! My reaction to the book reminds me of when you find a great first album by an up and coming band and you are real...more
Ronald Goetz
I confess I had misgivings about reading Wm. Paul Young’s Cross Roads this week. I avoided his best-seller, The Shack, when everyone in my congregation was reading it and my wife was telling me how good it was. But she’s used to my capricious, intellectual aversion to popular books, so she didn’t press it. I’m happy to say that Cross Roads is definitely a good read, both intellectually and emotionally.

Cross Roads is a redemption novel, the surreal spiritual pilgrimage of protagonist Anthony Spen...more
D. Marshall
I don't even know where to begin, apart from not being able to put this down. As someone who loves reading, I've been doing a lot of theological/scholarly reading lately, so it's been easy to focus on the details and take my time. With "Cross Roads", I couldn't convince myself to only read a chapter at a time. I honestly read a good 75% of the book today. I never did read "the Shack", but this book was well-written enough to convince me to do so. Young's ability to paint the heart of God in such...more
Thomas Holbrook
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, property, power, influence...more
Gail Welborn
***From the author of The Shack with an initial print run of one million copie***

WM. Paul Young, bestselling author of the The Shack that sold eighteen million copies in 2008, now returns with Crossroads. In another provocative tale of healing and hope wrapped in an account of relationships, selfishness, trust and choices. FaithWords releases one million copies Tuesday, November 13th which suggests they believe Crossroad sales could be similar to that of The Shack.

The poignant story begins with...more
Jerrine Regan
As a huge fan of "The Shack" I was really looking forward to Paul Young's new book, "CrossRoads". I was very disappointed after reading an advance copy received at the bookstore where I work.

First of all, I found the writing style much different from "The Shack". I did not find it compelling. At times I was confused as to what the author was trying to say.

I did not find the premise of the book believable and I believe most Christians will be offended at what seems to be a type of possession.

There were several times that I almost gave up on this one and had it been any other author (as I loved The Shack), I never would have stuck with it. However, I am very glad that I did. Once I got past the first 97 pages, the story picked up and was much better. I found the first part to be just plain confusing and that the author was not reaching his audience with his intended message. However, once the story revealed itself, his representations of the main character's heart, mind and feeling m...more
Geoff Little
It’s an embarrassing, puerile feeling, the curiosity if someone, once so lucky, now might fail. I felt such a thing as I picked up and began William Paul Young’s Cross Roads novel, out this month. Published by FaithWords (Hachette), Cross Roads is the follow-up to Young’s 18 million-copy bestseller, The Shack, that donkey of a religious fiction title. A donkey, I confess, I rather loved.

The Shack was too clumsy to discuss in any literary circle I know, what with its constant breadcrumbing of the...more
Wm. Paul Young wrote this one more carefully than his last book, The Shack, and he employed the help of Theologian: Baxter Kruger and host of others. Therefore it is more Theologically sound, he takes few liberties with scripture and the traditional doctrines of the Church. This time Jesus is Jesus, no confusion there, God the Father is God the Father again no gender bending. The Holy Spirit is a Lakota Indian woman, this might offend some who like to keep the trinity in the male gender, but in...more
Lisa Johnson
Title: Cross Roads
Author: Wm. Paul Young
Pages: 304
Year: 2012
Publisher: Faith Words
What happens to those who are in a comatose state? Tony Spencer, a man full of anger and paranoia, discovers that life is more than the world as he once saw it when he succumbs to a brain tumor-induced coma.
Tony finds himself in a strange place where he meets an interesting array of people, including C.S. Lewis, Jesus, and a mysterious Lakota woman, who lead him through the netherworld between earth and heaven in...more
Tiffany Simar
Aug 05, 2013 Tiffany Simar rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
When I first started reading this book, I wasn't quite sure how I felt about it. I had read The Shack and enjoyed it and was thrilled when I discovered that WM. Paul Young had put out another book. Reading a little about this book while standing in Walmart, I loved what was mentioned on the back "I can heal someone? Are you telling me that I am able to heal anybody?" This drew me in and I passed up on the last Fifty Shades book for this intriguing read.

When I started the first chapter, I strug...more
Leroy Seat
This is a very creative and imaginative book, stretching incredulity, and I enjoyed reading it. But I don’t think it was nearly as good as "The Shack." Nevertheless, there is a deep spiritual message in this book, and I ended up liking it a lot.

The Holy Spirit is pictured as an old Lakota grandmother, and on one occasion she says, “Much of what you must forgive others for, and especially yourself, is the ignorance which damages. People don’t hurt willfully. More often because they simply don’t k...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is a great book. I had trouble with his first book The Shack and I have gone back and re-rated it, though I left my original review in place as it might be informative about a lot of my own take. I was raw at the time I read it and may need to read it at a later time.

This book is a fine uplifting read with a great deal of spiritual insight and hope. I suppose there are things that could be criticized about it, but none of much importance.

As a novel I think it succeeds though some may find a...more
Paul Wilkinson
The original distribution target for The Shack was about 15 copies. So it’s not surprising that million-copy-selling author Paul Young refers to Cross Roads as the first novel he intentionally wrote.

I’m drawn to Young’s picture of a loving God — regardless of the size, shape, age or gender in which he prefers to clothe any member of The Trinity — and would have no problem approving him to teach Sunday School at my church, a proposition that no doubt causes his detractors to shudder.

The lead cha...more
Joey Bryant
Nov 11, 2013 Joey Bryant marked it as to-read
Shelves: pending-read
PRIOR TO receiving this book I purchased and read Paul Young's "THE SHACk' and loved it very much!
An amazing sister in Christ and Colleague of mine that I only met less than 1 year ago Purchased and
mailed to me as a gift this new book "CROSS ROADS!" I was super thrilled and grateful that she was
so thoughtful enough to provide this addition to the "SHACK" because she knew how much i had
enjoyed the first book!

I am only currently on page 5, this book is starting out a bit "WORDY", I'm not the...more
I was quite excited to read this book as I loved the Shack, and O wasn't disappointed. Once again I finished it with the hope that some of the wisdom in the book will stay with me and help to change me.
It is a story of transformation. A cold self absorbed man with no friends and no desire for them goes through an experience of God that changes him for ever, Its a little like Scrooge in Dickens Christmas Carol where the change is achieved in an unbelievably fast time but is an allegory of the gro...more
Lena ( book-junkie)
Easily the best book I read in 2012! I really like the way the author described what Tony was going through in his coma state of mind and what possible death could be like. I highly recommend this book.
Only the second book by Wm Paul Young, author of surprise bestseller The Shack, Cross Roads is an incredibly complex and ambitious book which needs to be read slowly, carefully and thoughtfully, and ideally with a notepad to hand.

Tony Spencer is a character I had problems getting to grips with. At the start of the book he's ambitious, sociopathic and paranoid. A brain tumour leaves his body in a coma and his soul, or maybe his spirit (the book did explain the difference but not in a way I could...more
Dottie Parish
Cross Roads was written by the author of The Shack. This preposterous story starts slowly but is entertaining – especially about half way through. It is similar to The Shack in its depiction of Jesus and the Holy Spirit as affable, loving beings who take on human-like appearances in order to communicate with the main character. It is also similar in its approach to reconciling or undoing psychological trauma around grief. There is some insightful dialog, such as this about fairness. The main cha...more
Michelle Feist
If you have read and enjoyed The Shack, then you will probably enjoy this book, too. Powerful spiritual truths are woven into the experience of Tony, a self-absorbed, wealthy and powerful businessman, who suffers brain trauma and finds himself in a coma, barely clinging to life. It is while in this "in between place" that Tony takes a journey to an unfamiliar place - a vast, wild countryside where he meets some strange, yet interesting characters who begin to reveal to Tony the "truth" of his li...more
"Some years in Portland, Oregon, winter is a bully, spitting sleet and spewing snow in fits and starts as it violently wrestles days from spring, claiming some archaic right to remain king of the seasons -- ultimately the vain attempt of another pretender."

So begins "Cross Roads". The first half of the book is filled with stilted prose like this. Young is best when he writes more about emotion, which is part of why "The Shack" was such a success, but this story takes much longer to move into an...more
Angela Oliver
I fully expected to dislike this novel, which I mainly read because I am up to "Y" in the alphabet. I had read "The Shack" and found it a little saccarine and preachy, and in the start, this book struck me the same way. When Tony went into his "internal world" and started meeting up with various entities, it did feel very familiar and a little bit too preachy for my tastes. However, the moment Tony found himself seeing the world through Caddy's eyes and then jumping from host to host - that was...more
Cross Roads was after the manner of his first book The Shack. It is fiction, it's metamorphic, and takes a vivid imagination to fully explore the author's intentions. Having said all that, I liked it. The message is really good. It focuses on self awareness, repentance, forgiveness, and redemption. These themes resonate through out the book and are what make the story beautiful. If you liked the Shack, you will probably enjoy this book.
Yves Johnson
Feb 15, 2014 Yves Johnson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Yves by: Merle Gathers
I typically don't read this genre. My pastor asked the ministerial staff to read it and reflect on "healing."

WM Paul Young did a fantastic job. I reluctantly started reading the book. I kept wondering what can this fictional book show me or help me. I was pleasantly surprised. Anthony, the main character, proved to be a very egotistical and flat out evil man. The wonderful word pictures Mr. Young wove throughout the book kept me interested and not wanting to put the book down. The book was about...more
Tony is a archetypical nonbeliever from a Christian point of view. He is affluent, miserly, a little cruel (not criminal cruel but just cruel enough), and most important he has ignored God . A pretty predictable twist but a twist nevertheless.
As if by Lewis appearing on those pages the novel can somehow, by some sort of trans temporal osmosis, lend Young his writing ability. Instead of Lewis's sculptor's chisel, where he creates worlds with a Christian theme, Young uses a sledge to pound his se...more
Cross Roads is similar to the premise of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. There is a self-involved business man with hardly a redeeming bone in his body.Instead of three ghosts, there is God the Father,Jesus and the Holy Ghost.And instead of being at home snug in his bed,he finds himself in a coma after a perfect storm of three different neurological crisis happening all at once.
He awakes in a near wasteland,accompanied by an elderly First Nations woman,and a middle aged rancher type gentleman.Ther...more
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William Paul Young was the eldest of four, born May 11, 1955, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, but the majority of his first decade was lived with his missionary parents in the highlands of Netherlands New Guinea (West Papua), among the Dani, a technologically stone age tribal people. These became his family and as the first white child and outsider who ever spoke their language, he was granted...more
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“Somehow the pain, the losses, the hurt, the bad, God
is able to transform these into something they could have never
been, icons and monuments of grace and love. It is the deep
mystery how wounds and scars can become precious, or a
ravaging and terrifying cross the essential symbol of relentless
“Is it worth it?” whispered Tony.
“Wrong question, son. There is no ‘it.’ The question is and
has always been, ‘Are you worth it?’ and the answer is and
always, ‘Yes!’ ”
without work and pain, without suffering, without a sense of loss
is just an illusion of true change.”
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