Book Review: At The Crossing Of Justice And Mercy by Dan Erickson

July 16, 2013 — 28 Comments

I read so many non-fiction books.  Sometimes, it can be refreshing to pickup fiction and to get pulled into the story.  That’s exactly what happened to me when I read the latest from Dan Erickson.

I’ve mentioned Dan’s book here on the blog in a couple of recent posts.  While I was on vacation, I had the chance to finish his second book, At the Crossing of Justice and Mercy.

At The Crossing continues the story of Andy Burden as he discovers that the leader of a cult he had grown up in was still alive.  Andy’s past abuse that came at the hands of cult leader, Peter Smith, led him to a struggle with forgiveness (for more about this, you should check out Dan’s first book, A Train Called Forgiveness – see my review here).  After some time, he is able to move on with his life.  In the current setting of the story, Andy has become a single father and a college professor.  But there’s something about his past that he just cannot completely reconcile.

I don’t want to give away the whole story, but I will tell you that it left me awake and thinking for quite a while – thinking about justice and mercy.  The end of the story is action packed and thought-provoking.  In addition, At The Crossing left me ready and excited to read the final book of this trilogy.  I can’t wait!

If you’re looking for a story that will pull you in and make you think, I’d recommend you pick up a copy of At The Crossing Of Justice And Mercy.  It will leave you thinking about justice and mercy – two great topics to ponder!

What was the last piece of fiction that you read?  What fictional story would you recommend to The Stretched Community?

Jon Stolpe

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  • Steve Y

    Thanks for the review. I will look into the two books. I just finished The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews, which I enjoy all his books, especially The Traveler’s Gift.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      I’ll be curious to know your thoughts on Dan’s books.

      What is your schedule like next week for a get together?

      • Steve Y

        I need to check with my wife, but I am done with work by 6 on Thursday, so I would be home by 7. Tuesday if it rains, I will be done early also. Wednesday is church and Monday we are at doctor’s. Does Thursday work or Plan B, Tuesday.

        • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

          Plan B is best for me right now, but if plans fall through for Thursday that may be available also. Let me know. Looking forward to getting together with you.

          • Steve Y

            Is 7:30 or 8 too late on Tuesday.

          • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

            No. I think I could make that work. And it’s never too late for ice cream with a friend! :) Do you have a place in mind?

          • Steve Y

            We have so many to choose from…Merrymeade, Pop Pop’s, Kiwi, DQ, place in Schwenksville (don’t remember name), etc. The best would be somewhere we could sit and visit. Thoughts??

          • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

            The place in Schwenksville would be GREAT for me! I literally live right down the street from there.

          • Steve Y

            I will email my phone number to you. Why don’t we say 7:45pm on Tuesday unless I hear from you.

          • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

            Sounds great! I’ll see you then!

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    I’m I’m the middle of read the Game of Thrones series. Not sure I recommend it though. It’s tough.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Let me know what you think when you get through the series. I have enough other things on my to read list. But you never know when I might want to add something else.

  • http://billgrandi.com/ Bill (cycleguy)

    I agree with you, Jon, on the reviews of Dan’s books. I had no idea what to expect , except I knew Dan from blogging. His/Andy’s experiences are so real and so heart-wrenching. While I would hesitate to recommend it to a younger-than-teen (some rough language at times but nothing they/I don’t already know or hear), I would tell any adult “you need to read this.”

    • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

      I agree on younger readers, Bill. I told my daughter she has to be twelve to read this series. I struggled with the profanity. I wanted the story and characters to be realistic. I cut back, but left enough in to give the story some realism and a cutting edge.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      I agree, but the language does fit the story. I’m sure my kids are hearing much worse on the school bus, but I would hold them back from reading it until they’re a bit older probably.

  • David Paul Stolpe

    I read the hunger games trilogy recently and plowed through it in a couple weeks which for me is a feat. Griping and non stop. The world turned upside down, poor rising up to overtake an oppressive powerful and wealthy elite.I am concerned if things don’t change and the church doesn’t stand up and challenge the greed off the powerful and continues to enable the oppression and neglect of the weak and the least of these, that we too may be heading to a violent revolt. Fantastic book. A warning for us I believe.

    • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

      I read the first of the Hunger Games. It was captivating.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      The Hunger Games is on my to read list. I saw the movie on the way back from Guatemala last summer. It didn’t really fit in with my experience, but I’d like to give the book (and possibly the series) a try.

      • David Paul Stolpe

        the books are better for sure.

  • David

    I recently finished Dan’s first book, “A Train Called Forgiveness”. I too enjoyed it and am looking forward to his next book. “At the Crossing …”. It is scheduled for my next Amazon go-around along with “Start” by Jon Acuff. I also recently finished “The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom. It’s a story about “Father Time” and his road to redemption, it’s a good read. Turns out Mr. Albom is a believer, he has several titles out, I’m planning to read a couple more of them. His newest, yet to be released is called “The First Phone Call From Heaven” – intriguing title, don’t you think?

    • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

      The Mitch Albom books sound interesting, David.

      • David

        I’ve only read the one, it just happened to be on one of the displays at the library. It piqued my interest enough to give it a chance, I was glad I did. Over the years I’ve read several books that I didn’t even know existed until I got to the library.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      I think I actually liked At The Crossing better, but I would definitely recommend everyone read the 1st book first.

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    Thanks for this awesome review, Jon. I just pulled in from spending the last 15 hours up at a friend’s cabin working on the third book, “The Track to Redemption.” It’s coming along. But it was a great surprise to find this review today!

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Dan, you’re welcome! I can’t wait to read the next book!

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Thank you for this books review! It’s been over 10 years since I’ve read a fiction book. I have Dan’s first book and still need to read it.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Summer is a great time to read fiction. I hope you’ll read Dan’s first book and let us know what you think.

  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    I haven’t read any of his material, but it’s great when books (even fiction books) inspire readers to follow Christ more closely.