The Crossing: A Novel by Serita Jakes is a Christian work of fiction that took me totally by surprise. I like many Christian books, but many are pretty bland and aren't real page turners. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down.
A former cheerleader, Claudia, and former quarterback, Casio, are still dealing with the after effects of a shooting on a bus stopped at a railroad crossing 10 years ago where the bus driver and cheer leading coach, B.J. are killed. Claudia was best friends with B.J. who was only a couple of years older than her.
Claudia has been having panic attacks and flashbacks for the past 2 years. She can't seem to get past this tragedy. It threatens to destroy her life and her family. In addition, she has a difficult relationship with her mother while idolizing her father, a pastor.
Casio was shot in the attack. He ha recovered, and he's now a police officer. However, he is dealing with this tragic incident. The murderer was never found.
Claudia's husband is the Assistant District Attorney. He decides to look into the case hoping to get closure for Claudia. He ends up working with Casio, who also happens to be Claudia's ex-boyfriend.
The Crossing can symbolize several things, the actual railroad crossing or what it is like to cross over after death. I love that each chapter begins with B.J.'s point of view of what happened that night. You will be shocked and surprised by the ending of the book. The book is full of love and drama. Unlike most Christian books, not everyone has a happy ending.
The Crossing is totally unexpected for a Christian book. If you are like me, you have certain expectations and views of how Christian books are written. This book comes across as a secular book with Christian teachings tossed in. Parents should read this first before letting their teens read it, if they only allow them to read Christian books. It does contain some situations that parents may not want their children to read.
About the Author:
Serita Ann Jakes has been involved in Christian ministry all of her adult life and has served alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes, throughout their entire marriage of nearly thirty years. In addition to raising three sons and two daughters, Mrs. Jakes is executive director of the WoMan to Woman Ministries of The Potter's House of Dallas, where her husband is senior pastor.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All opinions are 100% mine and were not influenced by the company.