See the original review atStandtoReason.blog at this link. The book is available at Amazon.com at this link.
Thanks, Dr . Hazen, for a great book.
Love & Thanks,
Five Sacred Crossings: A Novel Approach to a Reasonable Faith
Craig J. Hazen
December 18, 2007
Fiction that Tells the Truth
Craig Hazen has ventured into a very challenging contemporary endeavor: to use fiction, story-telling, to write about the weighty issues of theology, philosophy, and ultimately redemption. It’s easy to lament that the appeal of storytelling is usually utilized to communicate bad ideas; Craig has taken on the challenge it to share good ideas in the novelFive Sacred Crossings, due out January 1.
I don’t read much fiction anymore because I’m usually bored by it. Many authors fall into predictable formulas. I found Craig’s book engaging, entertaining, and intellectually stimulating. That’s a rare combination, especially in fiction.
This is a truly unique book: a page-turner that is intriguing, intellectually and spiritually insightful, and a timely thriller that left me in tears. Craig has woven fiction and substantive theology and philosophy in a form that will attract and engage many people who wouldn’t otherwise pick up a book on these topics. Good fiction is harder to do, I think, than writing about religion, and he’s done both well. It really is a must-read.