Cross Roads Paperback

What If You Could Go Back and Put Things Right?

by Wm Paul Young

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From the author of the runaway bestseller – The Shack – comes a Scrooge-like fiction with spiritual clout. Cross Roads hits the same notes as his previous book, combining an intensely gripping storyline with thought-provoking Christian thinking.

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Cross Roads

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  • For fans of The Shack
  • This allegorical story looks as how we live our lives
  • You'll find the same powerful truths and memorable characters as The Shack

Cross Roads, is the second groundbreaking Christian novel from Wm Paul Young; author of international bestseller THE SHACK.

Exploring themes of redemption and restoration, Cross Roads is an inspiring and provocative story of a man who only realises how bad and regretful his life has been when it's too late.

Yet miraculously, and by the grace of God, he is given an unexpected chance to put things right for himself and for those he's hurt and damaged. But will he find the courage and faith to take that chance or will merely entrench himself deeper into his corrupted and vindictive selfishness.

The symbolism of the crossroads is unmistakable as multi-millionaire businessman; Anthony Spencer finds himself lost in a spiritual landscape somewhere between his luxury outward life and his desolate inner existence.

Trapped in a coma and poised between life and death he must face up to the skewed priorities of the life he's lived on earth, the damage he’s caused and the people he can now to choose to save – or he can choose to save only his earthly self. In this Pilgrim’s Progress world he meets a stranger who reveals himself as the Jesus Anthony has never truly known, and the Holy Spirit who gives him the care and reassurance of a loving grandparent.

Offered a chance to experience his misused life through the eyes of others, he finds the journey to redemption a struggle as decides whether to rescue the mess he's made – or to save himself with a God given, single use, and miraculous gift. Can he undo the chain of events he’s set in motion and will he have the courage to make the right choice?

All the key themes of THE SHACK are revived and explored in more depth through William Paul Young’s Cross Roads through a combination of radical spirituality and a heart-wrenching, human story.

Cross Roads by Wm Paul Young was published by Hodder and Stoughton in September 2013 and is our 3173rd best seller. The ISBN for Cross Roads is 9781444745993.

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Is this book by the same author as The Shack; the author’s name is similar but not quite the same? Must I have read The Shack to understand Cross Roads and is it a sequel?

A:The Shack and Cross Roads are by the same author. The author wrote the first edition of The Shack under the name William P Young - William Paul Young. Later editions appear under a revision of his publishing name, Wm Paul Young, which the name he uses here on Cross Roads. This second novel from the author is not a direct sequel; it is a stand alone novel that you can read and enjoy with no knowledge of his previous book. As you'd expect, the themes of the two novels are similar. Both revolve around a main character experiencing a critical life event, both feature the persons of The Holy Trinity through unconventional characterisations and both reveal God's grace and mercy resulting in the redemption of the central character.

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Multi-millionaire Anthony Spencer is trapped in a coma and finds himself in a surreal world that reflects the skewed priorities of the life he's lived on earth where he meets a stranger who turns out to be Jesus and a grandmother who is the Holy Spirit. Pleading for a second chance, he is sent back to earth to redeem himself. There he must fight to put right the mess he's created, experiencing events through others' eyes before deciding how to use the miraculous gift he's been given. Before his illness he had set events in motion that he now needs to undo - but will he have the courage to make the right choice? THE SHACK is an international phenomenon, surpassing 1 million copies sold before being picked up by a mainstream publisher: its combination of radical spirituality with a heart-wrenching story made it a word-of-mouth hit, and CROSS ROADS has all the ingredients to repeat its impact.


"Cross Roads will make you think, as well as cry and laugh out loud, often in the space of a few minutes." (Christianity)

"I loved every minute of it! I laughed and cried and I'd just order 3 more as Christmas presents!" Other Retailer's Reviewer.

"Fantastic. Loved The Shack, and this was wonderful. A bit like a cross between Pilgrim's Progress and 'A Christmas Carol', but with some delightful touches." Other Retailer's Reviewer.

"One of the most faith-enhancing books I have ever read." (Bear Grylls on THE SHACK)

"This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress did for his. It's that good!" (Eugene Peterson on THE SHACK)

"This book is speaking loud and clear to a lot of people." (The Independent on THE SHACK)

"Bunyanesque - bold, imaginative, humane and funny." (Church Times on THE SHACK)

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Details for Cross Roads

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherHodder and Stoughton (September 2013)
Number of Pages304
Thickness20 mm
Height196 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4083357
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