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Monday, October 17, 2011

The Crossing by Serita Ann Jakes-- A WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group Book Review

The Blurb:

Imprisoned by memories, Claudia Campbell lives each day in the shadow of a ten-year-old murder. Who can set her free?

On the way home from a football game, a decade earlier, a masked gunman opened fi re on a Texas school bus.  Cheerleading coach B.J. Remington was killed, but her murderer was never found. Claudia, who had a close friendship with the young, spirited teacher, constantly relives the anguish of that day, caught in one moment in time. When her husband, the assistant district attorney, becomes determined to uncover the mystery of that tragedy, the secrets buried over the years threaten to tear their family apart.
Officer Casio Hightower will never forget the day his dreams were destroyed. A star quarterback with a promising future, Casio was on top of the world—until one bullet changed everything. He is eager to help Victor Campbell find B.J.’s killer, the man who shot him. Maybe solving the case will help silence the demons driving Casio to hurt the woman he loves.
As the Campbells and Casio teeter on the brink of losing everything, will they be able to discover that what begins at the crossing ends at the cross?

My Review:

I sometimes enjoy reading mysteries. So when I saw that this book; The Crossing by Serita Jakes was available to review from WaterBrook Multnomah, I decided that I would like to review it. I was captured by the first couple of pages, but as the story continued, I had to make myself finish the book.

The story begins with the bus driver,a teacher, BJ Remington, and a student being shot on a school bus on the way back from a football game 10 years before. Some of the story is told through the thoughts of the teacher as she lies dying on the floor of the school bus. When the story is in the present tense, the story is told though the three main characters eyes: Claudia, Victor, and Casio.

Claudia was traumatized by the shooting and experiences panic attacks and her relationships with her parents, and husband are strained.

Victor is Claudia’s husband and the Assistant DA, he has reopened the case to help find closure for his wife.

Casio, the former high school quarterback, whose promising NFL career ended as the result of the shooting. Is now a police officer and is helping to solve the case. He also is very hot tempered and is an abuser.

The story, in many ways was very secular, containing bar scenes, and unwed pregnancies, The LORD’s Name was profaned by some of the characters and the gospel of Christ wasn’t laid out very clearly, I would give this book a 2 in a 1-5 rating system.

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 30 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.

** The Crossing by Serita Jakes was provided for me free as an Advanced Reading Copy (ACR) by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.

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