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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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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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    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 11-17-12
    aaron Clearfield, UT, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I am 36 years old. Married with 3 kids - 2, 4, 13. I work at night, my wife during the day. I don't have time to read, so I listen at work.

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    "Blind read, and my outlook on life is changed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not only would I but before I even got through a quarter of this book i was almost begging my mother in law to read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    So many...sooo many! My mind immediately jumps to Grandmother. Yet I'd have to say my favorite is Maggie! Great sense of humor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The tomb! Thats all I'm gonna say. Powerful and emotional.


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

    Tony, I can some what relate to him.


    Any additional comments?

    What a world shaker! The foundation of my life has shifted because of this book. I cannot thank the author and the narrator enough for allowing me to be a part of Tonys world. I am a melody!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cara MUSTANG, OK, United States 11-16-12
    Cara MUSTANG, OK, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Modern Day "Pilgram's Progress""
    What made the experience of listening to Cross Roads the most enjoyable?

    The gentleman reading the book used great inflection


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

    Pilgram's Progress


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

    Tony - I could relate to some of his struggles


    If you could take any character from Cross Roads out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jake - I would like to learn about his life and how he came to know Jesus and Grandmother


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good book - the first part of chapter 5 dealing with community is a great way to see our relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Chapter 13 addes some great in-site as well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa A Mullen LADOGA, IN, US 01-15-13
    Theresa A Mullen LADOGA, IN, US 01-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it! Very thought provoking!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Very interesting way to look at spirituality.


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

    Meeting the Indian woman.


    What about Roger Mueller’s performance did you like?

    yes.


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

    A Spriitual Journey for One Unspiritual Man


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Main Beach, Australia 12-01-12
    Susan Main Beach, Australia 12-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "life path challenges explored"

    Being at across road myself, I downloaded this book based on the reviews written by other audible listeners and was not disappointed with the emotionally intelligent way Wm.Paul Young paints the unravelling of Tony's psyche as he makes the journey toward his own demise. There are philosophical, psychological, social, moral and spiritual confrontations all the way. I was seeking a read like this to accompany my own inner reflections at a time of upheaval and change in my own life.

    However, as a sceptic of organised religion, I found the domination of Christian religious icons, that is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, difficult. The fact that these characters were depicted as ordinary people made it easier, but I just couldn't help thinking that the book would have an even wider appeal if Christianity wasn't so blatantly the dominating guiding spiritual force on this man's journey.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Janell Dirksen 07-24-14
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    "If you liked The Shack- you will like Cross Roads"
    What made the experience of listening to Cross Roads the most enjoyable?

    I love that they used the same narrator as The Shack- Roger did such a great job with all the difference characters- he is entertaining to listen to and really lets your imagination run wild.
    I've never been an audio book person but now that I commute- its the only thing that gets me through traffic! I love Wm. Paul Youngs unique take on faith- he is truly uplifting and his stories are captivating.


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

    That first moment when Tony finds himself in the head of a child.


    What about Roger Mueller’s performance did you like?

    His voice changes per character


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

    When Tony decided to choose another life over his.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 01-10-13
    Diana 01-10-13
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    "Amazing"
    Would you listen to Cross Roads again? Why?

    Yes, I am sure I missed some details the first time


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

    When he went to his secret room


    What does Roger Mueller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great personalization of each of the characters


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

    Take time to look at yourself from outside of yourself


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DUANE 01-02-13
    DUANE 01-02-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a Holy Bible Thumping, God loving, Holy Spirit following Jesus Freak.

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    "Awesome."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book highly. It was every bit as good as The Shack, but not repetitive. Crossroads is its own unique story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors way of making God relatable and real.


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

    I have, I heard Roger read The Shack. He did great here too.


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

    Money and power are figments of our imagination, we are lost without God's love.


    Any additional comments?

    God is love. Without God, we are bankrupt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    flyguy 11-19-12
    flyguy 11-19-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Great Follow-up To The Shack"
    If you could sum up Cross Roads in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Inspirational, Fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toss between Maggie and Tony - both are so believable


    What does Roger Mueller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings all characters to life, including a boy with down's syndrome in which he kept in a real but dignified manner.


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

    Definitely. I listened whenever I had any free time, even if only 15 minutes. I loved this book and wished I didn't finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    This story will tickle your funny bone, bring you up, bring you down and overall leave you inspired and hopefully give you a better understanding of God's never ending love and place in your life.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christina WATERVILLE, OH, United States 12-06-12
    Christina WATERVILLE, OH, United States 12-06-12
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    "Major Disappointment- Nothing like The Shack"
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    This book is so much like The Shack and nothing like it at the same thing. Its about a JERK of a guy who as the reader you can't stand so you don't get pulled in. The Shack worked magic because it broke your heart and you cared about the guy. Also it seems to be taking a lot of the same descriptions of things as The Shack even used some of the same words.
    I was so excited to read this but it was a huge let down!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley 12-11-12
    Shirley 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Not The Shack"

    I kept getting confused. The story was long and drawn out. Seemed like the author kept mixing The Shack with this story. Maybe using the same narrator was a mistake. Not sure. This story I just couldn't get into. I did not finish it. Very disappointed. I bought it on the merits of his first book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    It was a very good book! It held my interest it made me to want to keep reading it.He is a very good Author!

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