Cross Roads by WM. Paul Young

(From My Latest Reading List in February 2020)

About the book

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? 

My thoughts

This story has beautiful parts in it that resonated with me when it came to the love of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. William pushes the boundaries of what you can believe God would do to reach you like he did in The Shack.

I could probably believe most, but the part about being in someone else’s head is a bit hard to believe, but it is fiction after all. The parts that made me uncomfortable (as a book written for Christians) was when Maggie uses God’s name in vain a few times.

Otherwise, this was quite an enjoyable book to read. It had me laughing and sobbing at times. I love how William makes it so understandable that a relationship with God is so simple and without all the nonsense that is sometimes imposed onto people. 

I gave this book a 3/5 star rating.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Have you heard about this book? Would you like to read it?
What do you think about it?

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