The Road to the Cross was first released in November, 2019. Since its publication, it has been given 5/5 stars on Amazon.com and 4/4 stars on onlinebookclub.com. Below are two of the editorial reviews The Road to the Cross has received.
Official Review by CambaReviewerMarch 10, 2020
"The Road to the Cross by Susan Mouw is a collection of forty-eight free-verse poems. The author opines that she wrote the book with the hope that readers will realize that God is their heavenly father and that He loves them no matter how far from Him they feel. She writes about her relationship with God. The poems are mainly free-verse, and therefore, most of them have no rhyming and sometimes no meter. A few of the poems, such as ‘The Journey Continues’ and ‘The Chest’ are more like prose. Susan's style of writing is simple and easy to understand with a paucity of literary devices.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading and reflecting on these poems, and it was difficult to choose a favorite poem. One of my favorite poems was ‘My Comfort’ in which the author details a realistic conversation with God about her worries and anxieties. She describes her life before her relationship with Christ as characterized by blindness, ignorance, defeat, and the absence of joy and peace.
I liked the poem 'Do you hear me?' It was like a conversation between a father and child. These lines in the poem resonated with me: “Don’t try to work your way into heaven. It can’t be done that way. It is your heart I treasure above all things and your willingness to obey.”
‘The Waiting Game,’ in my opinion, echoes the thoughts of people struggling with trusting God for answered prayers. I think people going through trying times, will enjoy reading the poem ‘Take my hand.’ I found it particularly comforting.
The verses quoted below are from the poem ‘My Fire Still Burns.’ They spoke to me because they talk about the resilience and grit with which
a Christian should face challenges in their lives.
“If Satan thinks he can turn me away by turning my friends against me.
Then he doesn’t know my heart, my commitment, my resolve he doesn’t see.”
These poems are simple and powerful. They appear to have been written from the heart and from the author’s deep conviction about the themes she writes about. They are thought-provoking and inspiring. I would have liked some rhyming and meter, but then, the author’s style of writing is her signature and voice, so I can't be too insistent on my preference. I think this book was professionally edited because I found only one grammatical error. I recommend this book to Christians desirous of a more profound and closer walk with God. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it was an enjoyable and inspiring read."
"The Road to the Cross is a work of non-fiction in the style of a collection of poetry and was penned by author Susan Mouw. Working with inspirational and religious themes, the author presents an exploration of the Christian faith and her own life in Christ, and how that journey came about following the many different influences of her life to date. Spanning decades of life experience, we journey with her from the hedonistic days of youth through her feelings of emptiness, and into the loving acceptance that she has found through God and God's word. What results is a devoted and autobiographical collection of the power of faith.
Christians and those seeking to deepen their faith in God are certain to adore the thematic content of this book, which presents every angle, question, doubt, and difficulty and answers them all in the way that author Susan Mouw experienced them. One of the things I especially enjoyed was the raw and honest quality of the work, which admits questions of faith and expresses the journey to a life in Christ overall, rather than just the results. This makes the ending section all the more evocative because we have seen the roots of its growth. The poetic talents of the author also display a lot of technical skill and a great sense of atmosphere, and some of my favorites included Baby Steps and Please Be Patient. Overall, The Road to the Cross is definitely recommended to Christian readers as an excellent and expressive collection of verse."