I love WHY William P. Young has written The Shack, and now this one! If you ever have time, do yourself a favor and listen to him speak about his life and faith!
This story was not quite as good as The Shack. I really feel that The Shack was something that was almost ordained, if you will. It was a story that paved a way for a whole new way of approaching our Loving Father. So it wouldn't be fair to compare the two.
The story brought some tears and some giggles. It's fiction at it's best. You go to places you would never imagine. I do love how W.P Young portrays the Father, Son and Spirit in fresh new ways to remind us that God, is never what we would expect and ALWAYS better than we could hope.
Challenging myself to let the imagination flow along with the story
Yes, I'm not sure this is my style
He's easy to listen to.
Too far fetched for me to get into in a big way.
The book borrowed too many themes from The Shack. I didn't find the story as engrossing and I got bored with it.
Thought Provoking, Enlightening
The way it related to life.
Yes, my schedule didn't allow it although I found myself listeneing when I should have been doing other things.
Yes, I would listen to it again - probably will even though I usually don't do a book twice. The story, like that in The Shack, is clearly fiction - but it makes you think, which is the point. Again, it communicates God's desire for us to trust Him knowing He loves us beyond what we can imagine. Again, it is a story of pain redeemed. The ending is not really a surprise, but it is uplifting nonetheless. What you really learn is more about the nature of God.
The Shack, but what else would you expect?
It felt less like reading and more like someone telling me the story.
Who wouldn't take Jesus? But on the other hand, Maggie seems like she'd be an awful lot of fun!
I stayed up until 2 am listening - I couldn't stop!
I'm a creative, big picture guy who has never been able to overcome the A.D.D. enough to finish all those great books I've been meaning to write. But they all have great titles and cover art!
Eternal Perspective Shift
One of the most memorable moments of the book for me was Tony's encounter and battle with himself, or at least the monster of a self he had built up and allowed to rule his heart. The presence of the Holy Spirit, seen or not, was the hope to which Tony ultimately clung for strength and victory. This was the moment his heart was transformed from ugly self to beautiful follower of Papa. It strengthened my hope in being transformed knowing I'm never alone.
Yes. Roger Mueller is amazing in his distinct vocal characterization of each person in the story. In "The Shack" I was never lost in wondering which character was speaking, and his performance in "Cross Roads," although very different, was just as easy to follow. I enjoy his voices and his ability to portray each character as unique and believable.
If not Grandmother, it would definitely be Tony. I understand the perspective of the world that Tony represented before his encounter during the coma. Not that I have ever been like him, but I see the bitter, self-absorbed attitude in so many people, including myself at times. My curiosity about the inner battle with himself and the surrender to Papa would drive our conversation.
If you had the opportunity to see life and maybe even yourself through someone else's eyes, what do you believe you would see? That's the question that I keep asking myself through every chapter of "Cross Roads." I intentionally avoided comparing this book with "The Shack" (which I loved) to allow this story to work its way into my heart... and it did. That's the important similarity between the two books by Wm. Paul Young.
It's so easy to see and decide what other people need to change about themselves or their predicaments in order to be happy or successful. It's easy to solve the financial or relational problems of someone else from our perspective. But when it comes to changing ourselves or handling our problems or relationships or money or faults, it's much more challenging, and sometimes impossible to see those things as clearly for ourselves as we do for others.
Papa's desire for Tony, and for us, is to see the world and our place in it the way that He sees it. Emphasizing that we are never alone, and that we don't have to depend on our own faulty perspective or view of things, He wants to show us how He sees things. That way our journey in this the world is not so scary, not nearly as confusing, and never lonely.
I liked the religious messages.
Cross Roads has very much increased my interest in reading more books with a religious theme.
Wm. Paul Young presents the idea of "God" in ways that are easy to relate to.
The narrator was excellent.
At the very top!
Roger Mueller brought every single character to life, changing his voice so effectively - I would completely forget narrator’s gender - I could hear sweet child voice or elderly women, or a vivacious rich voice of an African American Lady. Roger elevated the story to a completely new level, where his acting and the story became one - inseparable from each other.
The Shack was such a life changing book that I was worried that the second would not be as good. I was wrong! This is a wonderful novel! Wm. Paul Young is my favorite author.
"You are a root and only God knows what the flower will look like."
When Maggie is running through the church screaming that she has a demon. LOL!
I enjoyed the book. Great tale of redemption, forgiveness, etc. Very easy listen and narration was decent. If you are a "seeker" you will love it.