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Cross Roads | [Wm. Paul Young]

Cross Roads

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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?

©2012 Wm. Paul Young (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Cindy Oxnard, CA, United States 01-17-13
    Cindy Oxnard, CA, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not at what I expected !"
    If you could sum up Cross Roads in three words, what would they be?

    Heartrending, enlightening, uplifting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cross Roads?

    Loved when Tony first met Cabbie !


    Have you listened to any of Roger Mueller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he was great with all the voices, even the women.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Expect the unexpected !


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    cheryl new Richmond, WI, United States 01-09-13
    cheryl new Richmond, WI, United States 01-09-13
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    "excellent book"
    Where does Cross Roads rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have loved the audiobooks you can get things done while listening to great stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cross Roads?

    The best part was Rogers voices for different characters in the book.


    Have you listened to any of Roger Mueller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but would like more by him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, although impossible but would have liked to.


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    Karyn Jones Morrow, Ohio 01-08-13
    Karyn Jones Morrow, Ohio 01-08-13
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    "WOW! I didn't think they could beat The Shack!,"
    If you could sum up Cross Roads in three words, what would they be?

    WOW heartwarming inspirational


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tony, he reminds me of me sometimes in his actions and not caring for things that he wants to forget.


    What about Roger Mueller’s performance did you like?

    He did an awesome job at the different voices. I never once had to guess which character he was reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, the end when he made the decision he was going to heal.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jean WYMORE, NE, United States 01-05-13
    Jean WYMORE, NE, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome just like The Shack was AWESOME!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cross Roads the most enjoyable?

    Well written, well read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All


    Which scene was your favorite?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Make me LOL and also cry


    Any additional comments?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debora Atlanta, GA, United States 12-27-12
    Debora Atlanta, GA, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great all around book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cross Roads to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maggie. She was real and true to her type character. Felt like I knew her.


    Have you listened to any of Roger Mueller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know. He does a good job transitioning the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The discussion about the difference between real and truth.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee the HypnoCoach Ballston Lake, NY 12-24-12
    Lee the HypnoCoach Ballston Lake, NY 12-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "William Paul Young Does it So Well"
    If you could sum up Cross Roads in three words, what would they be?

    Hope. Redemption. Joy


    What other book might you compare Cross Roads to and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Roger Mueller – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Young's style is emotionally evocative. I laughed, I CRIED! I enjoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Audrey Brandywine, MD, United States 12-19-12
    Audrey Brandywine, MD, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Not Exactly Shack-Like"
    What made the experience of listening to Cross Roads the most enjoyable?

    Good story. EXCELLENT Narrator! I love how the author makes the spiritual almost tangible.


    Would you recommend Cross Roads to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Roger Mueller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of Cross Roads and why?

    Tony. But it's because the way the narrator acted the part of the downs syndrome child. I can still here him saying, "Tony."


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    sheri 12-19-12
    sheri 12-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    What did you like best about Cross Roads? What did you like least?

    I didn't like anything about the book


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't know


    Did Cross Roads inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish this book. I wanted it to be as inspirational as the Shack and it wasn't.

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    Deborah 12-17-12
    Deborah 12-17-12
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    "Another great listen"

    I was worried that this would be too similar to The Shack, but the storyline was fresh and engaging. And another stunningly well-done performance by Roger Mueller! I think I'd buy anything he's narrating.

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    Kelly F. Solheim Minnesota 12-15-12
    Kelly F. Solheim Minnesota 12-15-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Great book"

    Cross Roads is a great book on its own, but if you try to compare it to The Shack, you will be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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