Crossing the Jordan

There is a Golden Road for Everyone

Christian - Non-Fiction
328 Pages
Reviewed on 07/21/2019
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Crossing the Jordan: There is a Golden Road for Everyone by Melany Bungay is the author's conversion story, a story that chronicles her journey from atheism to Christianity. Melany was a nonbeliever who had been anything but clean. Promiscuity, booze, and adultery were just a few of the things she embraced. She hated Christians whom she considered weak escapists who would hide behind the idea of a virgin birth just to find a crutch to withstand the challenges of life. But while in the Middle East, all was about to change for Mel when the spirit world opened to her. Surviving an attack from two demons who said they were going to kill her, Melany raised a desperate cry to God, asking Him to manifest if He were real, and God gave her a sign.

In Crossing the Jordan, Melany chronicles the journey of her conversion and the inspiration to write this book. The voice speaking in her head - "Clothe the prisoners, Mel" - sends her on a mission to bear witness through love and discipline to a God that she never acknowledged before. Crossing the Jordan: There is a Golden Road for Everyone is a powerful testament of faith, a narrative of a transforming encounter with the living God and a story that proclaims God's unfathomable mercy. Melany writes with simplicity and her words are filled with strength. I enjoyed the honesty with which she shares her story, allowing readers to experience her frustration in order to touch the grace that transformed her. A real gift of faith, indeed.

Diane Steeg

Amazing writer! Once I started the book, I couldn’t put it down. Love the way she writes. Powerful testimony of what God can do in your life if you are obedient and completely surrendered to Him. A new creation!

Logan Schroeder

I met Mel in mid 2017 and would have never suspected that she had come where she came from. This book is important. In a time where transparency and truth is rare in people’s expressions of themselves Mel comes out of the gate with an honesty in her narrative that it feels like you’re invading someone’s i I ate thoughts. This book will walk you across Holy ground and have you coming out the other side questioning where you land on the path between heaven and hell, all the while pointing the clear path to life. Thanks for this book Mel, and thanks for your love for other people that keeps you putting your story out to build bridges for others from the valley of the broken to the found-in-Christ.

Angelique Pacheco

The author’s testimony is beautiful and honest and I admire the bravery shown by Mel as she takes you with her on her spiritual journey. She has a radical conversion that transforms her into a child of God. The highs and lows, the good and bad, all mirror our everyday emotions. I found the book to be well written and clear. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is uncertain in their faith.

Annabel Eggeling

I could not put it down. Mel so bravely tells her story, and weaves in testimony after testimony of the goodness of God in her life. She so beautifully points one to scripture, as she tells her life story, to inspire one to a live a life in relationship with our good good Father. Chapter after chapter I was so encouraged and drawn to want to know more and inspired to be more for God. I got to know Mel in her early walk as a Christian and this book is such an authentic depiction of her life and her continued growth, I saw her change 100% after getting to know the Lord. What an inspiration Mel, I look forward to so many more of her books.

Ken Mote

I am very enthralled by Melany's book. I know Melany from River Bible College. I did not know the extent of her testimony. This is a great book and will bring blessings to all who read it. When Melany gave God control of her life, He totally changed it for the best. I know God will use this book to help struggling people. What a great God we serve. I thank God for Melany.

Kevin Nowicki

I read this book and for a first book from this author, I am truly impressed. I believe there is much more to come. I look forward to seeing more from her and I will absolutely be a purchaser of her books in the future. I know this is a true story of the authors life; a testimony of sorts, but it is written in such a discripted fashion. She uses so much imagery that I had to remind myself it wasn’t a novel. The pictures in my mind are now set in concrete as though I was on the scene as the events were unfolding. She also revealed her heart and exposed her vulnerability in such a way that I felt a strange “first person” empathy. In other words, I felt as though I was her in the scenarios. I’m not sure if this was her intent, but, that is what I felt. I am the type of reader, that if I cannot see the scene in my mind’s eye, I won’t continue to read the book. I had no problem with maintaining interest in this literature. Well done Miss B. I am in anticipation of your next piece. I hope this is not a one and only project.


Excellent book to read and share. Sometimes one knows a person who has similar struggles and can't share the true solution for whatever reason, this will be the book to give to them.
People are not always ready to here a true Christian's testimony face to face and this book is non threatening.

Mel brings the reader through a time she struggled with many things and issues people deal with every day and never talk about or get genuine counseling for.

I personally know Mel and today she is a strong lady with God's favor in her life.

Stephanie Deppen

This book gripped me from the first chapter. She has a way of explaining her experiences that makes you feel like you're right there with her watching. This book contains a powerful testimony and personal account of a life radically changed. The change in her is remarkable! It shares her journey. If you have family and friends who seem like "lost causes" this book will be an encouragement to you. I definitely recommend it.

Tara Rautenbach

This book is so rich with testimonies of Gods love and ability to lead us from darkness to light, transforming our lives to impact others. I know the author and her transformation has been so inspiring to me. God has shown such incredible faithfulness and favor to Melany Bungay in the stories she accounts, they are faith building, encouraging us to trust God in the impossible and to be obedient in the face of opposition. This story will touch your heart deeply and challenge you to surrender, whether to accept Jesus for the first time, or to go all in to serve Him. Her writing is beautifully done, I was in tears one moment and giggling the next. She has the ability to skillfully paint with words, making you feel like you were right there with her. I am itching to read her future books, she is genuine and gifted writer.

James T. Vaughan

Mel, Thank you for allowing God to use you, to bless those who you are still living for themselves or living the sinful life and by the grace of Jesus, after encountering crossing the Jordan could come to the saving grace of God.

Crossing the Jordan is rich and life changing, and testament that God is still doing miracles and breaking yoke of darkness over the lives of his children.

McKenzie Krichbaum

Beautifully written from a beautiful person. Enticing, captivating and shocking, our author pours out her heart of her most defining moments and personal experiences. Very rarely do you get the honor of such a clear look into an authors life. Mel shares what many would not dare, because she is shameless in understanding she has become a new creation- and only because of Christ. I highly recommend this book to anyone ready for a genuine story of first glance at the miracle of a flipped life. She shares not only where she came from, but where she was taken too- a message sure to instill faith in the heart of any reader.


A powerful testimony of a young woman searching for deliverance and truth. Then she met Truth. Jesus the 'way maker', delivers,saves and restores. I admire Melany's courage. She refused to give up. I am blessed to know Melany, a humble person, hungry for God. I know her testimony will reach many for the Kingdom of God. Blessings ! from all of us :)

Hannah B

Mel's life proves God's kindness and goodness to be true, as we read her journey of heaven like encounter, and discover the hope of Christ inside of us! A beautiful read that keeps your spirit stirring with every page, leaving you hungry not just for more words, but for more of God! Mel's journey and teaching allows us to grasp the power and love of the gospel, as we are saturated in truth. If you want to get to know Jesus better, and His promises for our life for this side of heaven...this "crossing the jordan" will lead you there!

Amazon Customer

I've met and work with Melany in a crusade team. She is a great testimony of how God has transformed her life and use her obidence to reach out to others in love. I recommend everyone to read this book and support Mel, and experience the love of God through her real life story.

Victoria McK

This is a powerful true life account & autobiography. Extremely touching and life changing to all who read. Definitely buy this book - it will strengthen and encourage you!


Crossing the Jordan is a book that holds you spell bound. From the first chapter and through to the last chapter, it captivates the heart and opens you up to a soul searching experience and a spiritual journey to true freedom from bondage to darkness. I wish it gets into every hands.


Crossing the Jordan is a transparent testimony written by Mel Bungay as part of her obedient walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. She relates her encounters with detail and thus takes the reader on a journey of discovery. The reader discovers God, His grace and greatness through her real-life experiences.


This book is a great read for both skeptics and believers alike. Melany shares her powerful story very clearly and genuinely. The transformation in her life in such a short period of time is a remarkable and inspiring testimony of God's unconditional love and miracle-working power. Very well-written and easy to read.

David Bernal

Mel is a close friend of mine, everything she expresses in this book is 100% the truth of what’s in her heart. It is a great example of seeing how God can truly turn a life around even when it looks impossible. You’re never too far gone, it’s time to cross the Jordan of your life. You will not regret this book!

Sadi M Pekerol III

Mel Bungay, crafts an astonishing true life tale, from tragedy to triumph. Anyone can relate to her story as one who once distained God, To now one who is passionate pursuing His purpose. A journey thousands of miles away worth of reading!!!

Aileen Aldama

Amazing testimony and book! Everyone needs to read this. Reading through this seemed as if I was there through every page and it was able to make everything so real to me!

Amazon Customer

Melany's journey blows me away. This book will open your eyes to the supernatural and stir a deep hunger in you for God. If there was any question that Jesus wants a personal relationship with YOU, this book will lay all those doubts to rest.


I found Mel's testimony to be a binding read from the beginning. It is filled with truth, power and hope. A relatable story and great tool for those searcing for some answers. I believe it will touch and change many hearts.


I found this book so inspirational, I simply couldn’t put it down until I got to the very last page. Proof that God can, and do, use ordinary people to do extraordinary things!

Venilla Luchmee Marimootoo

Having known Mel personally, it was amazing to see how God used every single moment of her life to bring hope & faith, even creating ripple effects in life of others.

Irene C.

Oh my goodness, I couldn't stop reading it! Melany's old life had many similarities from mine. It's like reading my own story! What a powerful book. Well done Mel!

Justine R

Mel's testimony is captivating and is a true testament of the Lord's undeniable character of mercy and love. I highly recommend this book!

John S

This is definitely a compelling read. Mel’s style of writing makes it easy to read. I found it difficult to put it down.

Venita DeFoe

Reading Melany’s experiences with the supernatural realm explains her revelation that only God can give. Those that have made it intentional to get to know the power and be strong to apprehend that love, experiencing the breadth and length and height and depth of it sees and know the desire to have more, thank you, Melany, for turning up the flames. Ms. V Tennessee