The book borrowed too many themes from The Shack. I didn't find the story as engrossing and I got bored with it.
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.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loved The Shack. It shows us the same story of God's unfailing, right on time love.
Maggie was my favorite character. She showed very believable emotions with every twist and turn in the story.
Yes! Roger Mueller is a wonderful narrator. Another top notch job!
This book made me laugh out loud at times, and at other times it broke my heart and made me cry. I hated for the story to end.
I can hardly wait to get the next book!
I like to listen myself to sleep, so I like the sleep feature.
I love this authors creative imagery and his bravery to express experiences from his own past. I wish a movie would made out of it.
He narrated Youngs book The Shack, so he's like an old friend.
I wouldn't change a thing.
Follower of Jesus, Digital product manager, Father, Husband, Actor, Singer.
Initially, the book reminded me of a duplicate of "The Shack" sans creativity; however, as the book progresses the story, plot and themes to vary from one of its inspirations, The Shack.
Overall, the author researched his characters well, but the story lacked clarity and fluidity. Very hard to follow mingled with abstract concepts earned itself a place on the back of my "bookshelf".
I was inspired through the many wonderful quotes that the author used to kick off each chapter. I also appreciated the humor in some of the characters - particularly Maggie.
The Narrator's voice, in my opinion, was too old school; almost a "Price is Right" announcer sound. This made much of the dialog very schmaltzy to me. In fact, I was borderline offended as he narrates "Cabby's" lines - a 16 yr old boy with Down Syndrome. I understand the actor's challenge of wanting to diversify and read this character and I don't have a better solution, but it was fairly offensive.
This may inspire you if the concepts are new; however, it may not be worth the 6 hours of investment if you're looking for inspiration.