The Crossing

The Crossing
PTSD…post traumatic stress disorder….is most commonly associated with soldiers….men that experienced horrific events on the battlefield. That was the only group I had ever heard the term associated with. Imagine my surprise when a friend said that the doctor thought she was suffering from PTSD. What? PTSD? She had never been in battle and certainly had not experienced anything close to the travesty of war. The trauma of the accident was severe enough that it caused anxiety any time she approached a busy intersection.

Life throws many curves. God desires the best for us, but—because of free will—bad things happen to good people. These bad things often cause severe stress to the body. Just ask Serita Jakes, wife of famed pastor, T.D. Jakes. Serita has worked alongside her husband in ministry for the past thirty years and has seen sufferers of PTSD. Drawing on her experiences, she penned her first novel, The Crossing.

Set in the Dallas Metroplex, the beginning of each chapter is narrated by teacher and cheerleading coach, B.J. Remington, as she lay dying. Remington was gunned down in front of students while on a bus that was returning from a football game. After the introduction to the incident, the book jumps ten years into the future and follows the lives of some of the witnesses who now suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Interwoven into the story are themes of unworthiness, anger, repentance, and forgiveness. The Crossing ends with a twist that you won’t see coming.

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