- Paperback: 169 pages
- Publisher: Harvest House Publishers,U.S. (15 January 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736921966
- ISBN-13: 978-0736921961
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 22.2 cm
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Five Sacred Crossings: A Novel Approach to a Reasonable Faith (Conversantlife.com) Paperback – Import, 15 Jan 2008
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I am happy to say I was not disappointed. On the contrary, it was more than I expected - besides the excellent apologetics arguments it was hip, funny, intense, and exciting (and enjoyably "So-Cal"). The characters were believable and unsanitized. I've never read a book remotely like this one, so it was fresh and unpredictable. I had no idea how it would end, but when it did, I realized how emotionally involved I had gotten.
This book is a great example of the kind of fiction that will appeal to the up-and-coming generation of Christians, reflecting faith that is humane and compassionate while at the same time biblically solid and secure in its worldview. I just wish it was longer! At only 169 pages, this won't take you long to read, and it will be well worth it.
The author is Dr. Craig Hazen, a professor and the director of the graduate apologetics program at Biola University. To say that he is an expert in Christian apologetics and comparative religions would be an understatement. He weaves philosophy and the biggest questions in life into a story that entertains.
I think that this may be the author's first novel, and it is a fine effort. My main criticism is that it is too short. At 169 pages, it left me wanting much more. It may be the first novel I've ever read that features defenses of the Christian faith so prominently. Dr. Hazen also examines various other religions including Islam and Jehova's Witnesses in a respectful and loving manner.
I plan to buy several more copies of this and share it with others. It is one that can be thoroughly enjoyed by Christians as well as seekers. It makes a strong case for Christianity in a non-threatening way.
One hopes that Dr. Hazen will see fit to write another novel in the near future that educates even more on apologetics. I would love to see him knock out one about 5-600 pages.