Captivating. Suspenseful. Easy to read. A page turner. Identifiable scenarios. Relatable characters. Unpredictable. These are just a few words to describe Serita Jakes’ novel The Crossing. From page one Serita Jakes had me completely wrapped up and enthralled in the lives of this cast of characters- BJ, Claudia, Victor, Casio, Harper and Georgie. Each character battles with the effects of the murder of BJ Remington on a school bus full of football players and cheerleaders ten years prior. Hidden secrets, silent frustration, personal demons and gut-wrenching agony follow them around like the air they breathe, until Victor decided to try and find the killer of an already cold case.
At times I wanted to cry with them as they recalled the painful memories of that ten year old tragedy that drastically changed each of their lives in different ways. I wanted to laugh at the sarcasm that their conversations were laced with. I was angered by the abuse some had endured at the hand of someone they loved and the lack of regret they were shown for it. My heart was saddened by the broken relationship between mother and daughter, husband and wife, and amongst friends. I was also given hope reading about the restoration of relationships forged together by forgiveness. As a whole piece, this book took me through the range of emotions that a good movie would do, better yet, what real life has done.
Although a novel based around fictional characters and fictional events, Serita Jakes found a way to seamlessly intertwine the reality of Christ and the Cross in the pages of this book. She wrote about ups and downs of everyone from the pulpit to the back door. She showed the compassion of Christ as only someone faced with walking through the tunnel towards the light could tell it. My favorite line in the book reads, “That’s the problem with living for yourself. Sometimes miracles come too late to save the body. We have to be content to save the soul.” Such a powerful line delivered by BJ as she lay on the school bus faced with her last breath thinking about the selfish life she lived and staring at eternity in the face. Serita Jakes left me with the message that, “It’s never too late to get it right with God until your last breath is gone.”
Do I recommend this book to the Grace & Glory readers? ABSOLUTELY. But not just to you guys. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good book. ‘Cause that’s what The Crossing is… a good book! A word of caution though, you will not be able to put it down, so don’t expect it to be a book that you will read over the next week or so. It will be more like the next few days. You will find yourself saying, “Just one more page and I’ll go to bed.” Next thing you know you have read three more chapters! Go out and get The Crossing. Buy it for a friend. Give it as a gift.
And when you do read it, let me know what you think.
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Serita A. 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 30 years. As an insightful speaker, she draws heavily from her education and background in theater and mass communications. A soft-spoken woman offstage, First Lady Jakes, as she is affectionately referred to by The Potter’s House congregation, possesses the rare ability to reach and stir her audiences as she works to complement her husband’s ministry.
In addition to raising three sons and two daughters, she has assumed an active role at The Potter’s House of Dallas where her husband serves as Senior Pastor. First Lady Jakes serves as Executive Director of the church’s WoMan-to-Woman women’s ministry. She is founder of the much-acclaimed God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment program for women and The Potter’s House’s Debutante Program for teenage girls. Mrs. Jakes also speaks across the country on women’s roles in supporting their husbands, and she is in demand by women’s organizations throughout the nation as a celebrated speaker on issues concerning marriage and family.