Reviewed by Danita Dyess for Readers' Favorite
It is obvious that Harry James Fox, author of “Cross Currents: Making Sense of the Christian Life” accepted Jesus Christ as his savior when he was seven years old. Fox asserts that Christians are the last minority group that can be attacked and ridiculed in mainstream society. He says that Billy Graham’s salvation in 1934 was part of God’s plan. He explains the misguided, cultural attraction to “The DaVinci Code.” Each chapter has a discussion section, a prodding for readers to remember the import of each lesson. He frees us from our ignorance by citing scriptures like Luke 13:1-4 –Jesus said that those suffering tragedies are not necessarily more sinful than those that are spared. Readers of “Cross Currents” will be intellectually and/or spiritually challenged.
I chose this book because I was intrigued by the title. I thought it was going to offer further illumination about the scriptures. However, “Cross Currents” is complex and deep. It is controversial and incendiary. Although Fox wrote it in layman’s terms, the breadth and depth of the subject makes it the kind of book you have to read at least twice. It reminded me of a textbook. But it had stories about his journeys with his wife Carroll. Their 44-year old marriage entailed Fox’s service in the Army and employment with the Bureau of Land Management. You can feel Fox’s conviction and appreciate his Ph.D. in theology. This is Fox’s first book. “Cross Currents” is highly recommended.