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Monday, December 19, 2011

CBM Review - The Crossing

 Author - Serita Ann Jakes
 A Reconciliation Novel


"His kind of love gave me flowers, stolen moments secrets. But never kindness, mercy, gentleness, a sense of safety. Without those things that make a woman
feel safe, a man's promise of love is nothing but pomp and circumstance."

 Lately I've been looking to expose the sin in my life. The good Christian syndrome has a way of lulling me to sleep and I can't take the chance of being found without oil in my lamp.  This book challenged me to examine myself.  It was akin to standing before the mirror naked.  Instinctively I try to cover up so even I can't see.                     

          Unfortunately I identified some with each character.  Ideally I would like to able to say I am at a higher level in my walk with the LORD but when I was forced to really contend with an impending appointment with death things took on a more sobering reality. 

         The Crossing, deliberately, tackled fear of death. Miss Remington's character especially spoke to my heart. Her voice brought home the main point and clanged the alarm of reconciliation to Father, God through his Son Christ Jesus. Now!  I don't want God to bring judgement on me, I'd rather honor Him and quickly remove any sin in my house.

         There were many many absolutely beautiful lines in the story.  Mrs. Jakes really captured some of the thoughts that have never made it beyond my lips but I've spoken them inwardly or experienced them at some point or other.

          For example, when BJ proclaimed..."This earth Almighty God has created is beautiful, and I can almost hear the trees clapping their hands in praise.  Oh mama, daddy, darling Claudia. Stop. Incline your ears. Hear the sounds of heaven." 

          There was so much to take away from this story.  For one thing a new found appreciation for the great grace I've been given. Somehow the moments seem like blessings being poured over me and I am overtaken.  How could I forsake so great a salvation.

          The sins that doth so easily beset me don't seem that formidable after reading this novel.  They were kind of put into their proper place.  After reading this novel I have  a sense of urgency to obey God, submit, and not resist Him.

           I recommend this book to anyone who can admit they have become somewhat of a Christian slacker. This one will challenge you to get in the mirror and not soon forget what you look like once you walk away.

Line that stood out:

Expressed by Mrs. Remington (BJ's mom) "True repentance isn't just saying 'I'm sorry.' It's saying 'I'm sorry, I'll never, ever do that again because my relationship with you means more to me than anything.'"

Take away scripture:    (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

19I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
20That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.


CBM gave Raised Right ...... 3B's

The story went beyond my expectations. It pointed to Christ,
challenged the reader and left us with a sense of urgency to be reconciled with God!



pray without ceasing.
Read your Bible every day and apply it till the Bridegroom comes!

Your sister in Christ

DisclaimerThe Crossing  “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.