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.
This is a great book on it's own merit or to accompany "The Shack"'; The manifestation of the Triune God helps bring an understanding to those that have a hard time grasping the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as one. Mr. Young's imagination is powerful and had me cracking up at times and examining my conceptions of people at others. This was well read by Mr. Mueller. It, along with the superb character building and storyline by Mr. Young, brought the book to life. I highly recommend it.
Heartrending, enlightening, uplifting
Loved when Tony first met Cabbie !
No, but he was great with all the voices, even the women.
Expect the unexpected !
Once again I loved W. Paul Young's portrayal of the The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit. Although dealing with a heavy subject this book was full of laugh out loud humor. You could tell a difference in the style of writing that was "meant to be published", the writing seemed freer than "The Shack". What you expected to be predictable was not.
I have loved the audiobooks you can get things done while listening to great stories.
The best part was Rogers voices for different characters in the book.
No, but would like more by him.
Yes, although impossible but would have liked to.
WOW heartwarming inspirational
Tony, he reminds me of me sometimes in his actions and not caring for things that he wants to forget.
He did an awesome job at the different voices. I never once had to guess which character he was reading.
Yes, the end when he made the decision he was going to heal.
I have so few words to say but the one that comes out is simply..... WOW! I read THe Shack and was excited to see this one. It warmed my heart during a time when I was feeling a little lost myself. Knowing that God is always there for us speaks volumes to my heart right now. Just to know he doesn't give up on us. Thank you Mr. Young for such an awesome story. I cried by all the way through the last chapter and the epilogue at the end. I hope to be as good a writer as you someday.
Well written, well read
Make me LOL and also cry
I enjoy the audio better than reading the book. This book was meaningful, insightful and funny! Thought provoking and inspiring. Made me laugh out loud several times and overall made me feel great. Wonderful follow up to The Shack, I think I like it better.
Maggie. She was real and true to her type character. Felt like I knew her.
I don't know. He does a good job transitioning the characters.
The discussion about the difference between real and truth.
I was hoping at the end he would have come back to life. The way it ended left you with the thought that he died.
Hope. Redemption. Joy
It follows on the idea of the Shack. It has a bit of the elsewhereness of The Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia.
Young developed the character of Maggie most completely. He was able to tell the story from her point of view so well. She got an assignment (from God) and she carried it out.
Young's style is emotionally evocative. I laughed, I CRIED! I enjoyed.
Young does many remarkable things in this enjoyable book. He clarifies some hard to understand ideas in Christian doctrine. He makes it possible for hurting souls to open to God. He does an amazing job of presenting the inner world of a child with Down's Syndrome. Every reader with an imagination, a liking for the spiritual side of life and a sense that more might be happening when a person i sin a coma will find this a great read or listen. Mueller does a credible job reading the story. His vocalizations add to the flow.
I love reading and I really love Audible. I'm a Grants Administrator at a university with a very long commute in everyday. Audible helps me pass the time and helps me enjoy my favorite pastime.
Good story. EXCELLENT Narrator! I love how the author makes the spiritual almost tangible.
Yes, I would recommend it. It's not The Shack, but it's a good story. By the end I was crying. But with The Shack I was crying at points throughout the book.
No, I have not, but his performance in CrossRoads was awesome. I only read The Shack. Now I'm going back to The Shack and this time on Audible. I can't wait. I hope there's something comparable to the Oscars for people who do these book performances, because Mr. Mueller deserves one.
Tony. But it's because the way the narrator acted the part of the downs syndrome child. I can still here him saying, "Tony."
Young's books, at the right time, should be given to the people of Newtown, CT. Anyone who has experienced tragedy, and that's all of us at some time or other, should have the experience of reading/hearing The Shack and Crossroads.
I didn't like anything about the book
I don't know
I didn't finish this book. I wanted it to be as inspirational as the Shack and it wasn't.