Cross Currents

Making Sense of the Christian Life

Christian - Devotion/Study
243 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2013
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Author Biography

Harry James Fox has served Baptist churches for nearly forty years as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, seminary teacher, pastor and missionary. He is currently an elder with Calvary Baptist Church, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Jim Fox was raised in a Christian home in western Colorado. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior in 1949 (age 7) at an old-fashioned tent revival.
A few years after his marriage to Carroll, his wife of nearly 44 years, the two of them became active in a small church in Arizona, and have actively served Christ together ever since.
Jim served in the US Army, and when he left active duty he was hired as an employee of a federal conservation agency. He and Carroll were transferred often, and Jim served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon in seven different Baptist churches. They have two boys, Tim and Mark, both committed Christians.
Jim has been on a dozen short-term mission trips to foreign countries over the years. In addition, Jim and Carroll served as foreign missionaries to the Philippines, serving there two and one half years, and to Thailand for one year, both with the International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention. Jim also served as an interim pastor for a Baptist church in England for six months in 2010.

    Book Review

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.