Five Sacred Crossings: A Novel Approach to Reasonable Faith
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Professor Michael Jernigan, a Christian, is teaching a religions course at a community college by using a rare text he owns—“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 noncompartmentalized 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 will be helped with their doubts and their desire to attractively present Christianity to our multi-religious culture.

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Craig Hazen’s Five Sacred Crossings: Truly Novel

For sheer awkwardness, there’s not much to compare with the moment when a friend hands you a book and says, “Here, this is my first novel, I hope you enjoy it.” That happened to me this January.

I was lucky, though: the friend was Craig Hazen, and the book was Five Sacred Crossings: A Novel Approach to a Reasonable Faith. This is a good book, a good idea carried out well.


Craig Hazen’s Five Sacred Crossings: Truly Novel

For sheer awkwardness, there’s not much to compare with the moment when a friend hands you a book and says, “Here, this is my first novel, I hope you enjoy it.” That happened to me this January.

I was lucky, though: the friend was Craig Hazen, and the book was Five Sacred Crossings: A Novel Approach to a Reasonable Faith. This is a good book, a good idea carried out well.


I'm partial to non-fiction, but this was a nice blending of a good story with some thoughtful interaction on how current philosophical/religious systems compare with each other and Christianity. Worth your time.

You think it is just another spiritual quest pseudo-novel. Or possibly, examining the cover, it is Christian propaganda disguised as fiction. Instead, it is a track-the-terrorists adventure that kept me reading late into the night. At the same time Hazen weaves in spiritual ideas that point to Jesus as the true path without using Christian jargon. Package this book without the Christian references on the cover and this book is a time-bomb. "Five Sacred Crossings" should be read by all who are on a spiritual quest.

Dr. Hazen weaves a story of international intigue and understanding our different faiths, in the light of Christianity 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.

"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.


Had I not a copy of this book and knew it was Christian, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. I would have thought it was a new age book… I would not have guessed the mystery and wealth of information that lay between it’s pages… I wouldn’t have guessed that it was well worth the investment of a few dollars to read it!


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.


Wow!

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In an increasingly pluralistic culture where one concept of truth is considered as good as another, Christianity is coming under fire for being “intolerant” and “exclusive.” Even those who profess faith in Jesus Christ are sometimes reluctant to declare that their belief contains the “only” truth.