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Five Sacred Crossings: A Novel Approach to a Reasonable Faith (®) [Paperback]

By Craig J. Hazen (Author)
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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.455 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2008
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736921966  
EAN  9780736921961  

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Within Harvest House?s new line, Five Sacred Crossings presents the Christian worldview?s uniqueness through creative fiction.

Professor Michael Jernigan, a Christian, is teaching a religions course at community college. A local, barely halted act of religious terrorism throws a teeth?on?edge relevancy into the class discussions.

Jernigan teaches from a rare text he obtained while in Cambodia?the Five Crossings. Each ?Crossing? unveils a universal spiritual question, which only Christianity can satisfactorily address because it...

is testable
presents salvation as a free gift
paints a picture of the world that matches reality
makes a non?compartmentalized life possible
has Jesus at the center
Non?Christians will relate to the storytelling context and will see the overarching truth about the God who transcends time and culture. Christians are helped with their doubts and their desire to attractively present Christianity to our multireligious culture. Superb gift for sharing with nonbelievers.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! CRAIG JAMES HAZEN is an associate professor of comparative religion and the director of the graduate program at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Dr. Hazen weaves a story of international intigue and understanding our different faiths, in the light of Christianity  Feb 12, 2008
The Five Sacred Crossings helped me to understand my own faith, as well as others in the world, in a down-to earth informative way. Set on a college campus, with believable characters who are facing a very real terrorism crises in their community, it's a real page turner. I never saw the ending coming. It's an innovative novel that makes you think about what being a Christian means.
Quick, tell Oprah!  Feb 9, 2008
Wow! I wasn't expecting this. A friend gave me the Five Sacred Crossings. I hadn't heard a thing about it and was blown away. Craig Hazen's first foray into fiction is a huge winner. Forget the Da Vinci Code with its "make it up as you go" approach to religion. Hazen weaves some of the most insightful ideas in religion and philosophy right into a sizzling page turning story. Whether you are a Christian believer or not, you will be captured by the grace, kindness, and brilliance of the main character, Prof. Michael Jernigan. The characters come alive. I could swear I've met all these people. The only question I had when I finished (in tears I might add) was "when is Hazen's next book coming out?" Quick, somebody tell Oprah!
This is not your typical run of the mill story...  Jan 17, 2008
Vietnam veteran Michael Jernigan heard the blast from his apartment. The next day the headlines screamed, "Accidental blast Uncovers Local Islamic Terror Cell." Jernigan was filling in for a faculty member on maternity leave. The college students began asking questions concerning the terrorist. One student asked the profound question, "Why do they want to kill us?" Dr. Jernigan is a follower of Jesus Christ but does not call himself a Christian. He determines to spend the next few weeks discussing religions stickiest questions. The students felt comfortable with him and readily discussed their beliefs. He shared his story with them. During his stint in Vietnam, he was given the opportunity to live with the Cardamom and study with Master Map Nuth. Nuth shared "The Five Crossings" with him. What he learned reshaped his life.

I try to be open-minded when I review a book, but I struggled with skepticism as I opened the cover of Five Sacred Crossings. My skepticism soon turned to eagerness. I swiftly turned the pages eager to learn more.

Jesus Christ taught in the form of parables. Hazen has cleverly incorporated the same strategy. Through the dialogue between Jerigan and class members, all becomes clear. I can picture Jesus' disciples discussing his teachings in quite the same manner. The discussion of the Prodigal Son particularly touched me and was paramount to this story. This book contains so many truths; "There is a God and that he is deeply personal" is just one. This is not a preachy text; it is a story of compassion, emotion, and passion. I was reminded of the scripture, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13.

The plot is well developed and built to a crescendo. I became engrossed in the story as well as the subtle teachings. I will never look at the story of the prodigal son again without remembering this book. The characters were real; and seemed to play out the drama on the pages. While I read this book from a Christian background and perspective, other religions will also enjoy it and find it informative and touching. I recommend this book to all people regardless of faith.

Couldn't put it down!  Jan 16, 2008
"Five Sacred Crossings" could easily be to apologetics what CS Lewis' "Screwtape Letters" is to spiritual warfare. This book lays out the case for Christianity in the most engaging and entertaining story - a real page turner that will have you on the edge of your seat. The book deals with the exploration of spirituality by a group of college kids - and very accurately depicts their points of view - all within espionage & action. Highly recommend for parents of college kids; it allowed me to hear the conversation my college age daughter is exposed to and will help me to help her respond to them.

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