- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (6 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451628315
- ISBN-13: 978-1451628319
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Walking on Water Hardcover – 6 May 2014
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In this fifth entry in the "New York Times" bestselling Walk series, Richard Paul Evans's hero Alan Christoffersen must say some painful goodbyes and learn some important lessons as he comes to the end of his cross-country walk to Key West. After the death of his beloved wife, after the loss of his advertising business to his once-trusted partner, after bankruptcy forced him from his home, Alan Christoffersen's daring cross-country journey--a walk across America, from Seattle to Key West, with only the pack on his back--has taught him lessons about love, forgiveness and, most of all, hope. Now Alan must again return west to face yet another crisis, one that threatens to upend his world just as he had begun to heal from so much loss, leaving him unsure of whether he can reach the end his journey. It will take the love of a new friend, and the wisdom of an old friend, to help him to finally leave the past behind and find the strength and hope to live again.
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So close yet so far, this chapter begins with him traveling back to his boyhood home in Pasadena, CA. to be near his ailing father. Alan learns more about his family and his past then he ever thought possible and through turmoil realizes what a gift that knowledge is. One of my favorite lines in the book comes from a chess analogy from his father: "The past makes a good bishop but a poor king". To figure out what it means, one must read the book. :-) Good friends and old friends rallied around him once more. Love slips through his fingers through no fault of his own and he returns to the last leg of his quest alone.
Traveling though Florida, Alan meets some interesting characters including two "sirens" and a group of brew drinking men who try to convince him that he needs to give up his past memories as to them it only brings pain. A tunnel visioned religious fanatic tries to persuade Alan that his "Church" is the only saving way to God and Alan brilliantly refutes the man's arguments. He continues on to hopefully complete the mission he started and what he discovers at the end brought me to tears. Actually, most of the book is tear-worthy and profoundly heart moving.
After running the gamut of emotions while reading this book, I am anxious to read it again. A Reading Group Guide at the end of the Kindle version is a added bonus!! I will miss Alan and will treasure all that he has taught me about hope, grace and forgiveness throughout his journey. Thank you, Alan, for letting me to hitch a ride and share your experiences. This series as a whole is awesome and each book has gems of wisdom and insight. I will be recommending it to everyone. I can't wait to see what Richard Paul Evans has in store for us next!!
In the fifth and final book in the Walk Series, Alan Christoffersen is rushing back home to be with his father who has had a sudden heart attack. While staying at his family home, Alan comes across a family history that his father has been writing since Alan began his journey from Seattle to Key West.
If you have been reading this series from the beginning, you know that Alan’s world was upended when his wife died suddenly, his business partner stole his clients and Alan was forced into bankruptcy. Though they are all traumatic events, if it were not for each one of them, if he had not taken that first step in a three thousand mile journey, Alan would not have found the beauty that the world offers.
As Alan learns of his family history, and reaches his final destination, his world is coming together. He is saying goodbye to the most important people in his life and at the same time, saying hello to a person that he thought he had lost forever.
Though Alan Christofferson is a fictional character, he offers inspiration. When his physical goal looks as if it is unattainable, he does not give up. His journey is a metaphor for hope – that one bend in the road that might give him the answer, that one thing that will explain it all and make it worthwhile. Does he find it? What he fines is his new reality, his new peace, his new meaning.
Off course there are religious overtones, and undertones, but for me they were not intolerable. The Walk Series is a journal and the stories that AIan tells of his journey and the people that he meets along the way correspond with stories within the Bible. Some say that they felt that Alan was trying to compare his journey with the journey of Jesus, but that did not jump out at me. What I saw was perseverance. What I saw was the choice of giving up or moving forward.
I did enjoyed taking this walk with Alan and would look forward to many more if only Richard Paul Evans would offer them.
So as not to ruin it for all his fans I will just say that in my opinion there was only a couple of chapters that even resembled Richard's writing. The rest was boring, repetitive, and did I say BORING? I'm SO disappointed!!!!!!
I’d like to see the ending rewritten to either develop the love scenes with Falene and not added as an epilog, or better yet have Alan marry Nicole for the right reasons. The reader needs to identify with the heroine. I did not want to see her dumped into another relationship with a doctor who wasn’t developed as a character at all. Evans best efforts went into the descriptions of the places he walked through, and he did this well by showing the readers about places many of us have never been to. He developed interesting situations with the people he met on his journey. I really felt the cold and the rain and the sore muscles. It was the characters he met in his adventures that made the books interesting. I doubt that I will ever start reading another series of books written by this author. Five years is too long to wait for a poorly crafted ending.
Sadly, I found this book to be more of a travel guide / brochure for Florida, where to stay, where to eat, what highway to take, which offramp to use, and of course the usual history lesson with each town. The story of Alan and his Dad and Falene and Nicole was there, but felt very lacking in emotions.