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Overview â€œLife is not lived in the long, downhill stretches of expressways, but in the obscure, perilous trails and back roads where we stumble and feel our way through the fog of our unknowing. Life is not a run. It is just one step of faith after another.â€?
Alan Christoffersen lost his heart when his wife was killed in an accident almost one year ago. He lost his trust when his business partner stole his advertising business. He lost his home when the bank took his house. So Alan decided to leave his painful memories behind and walk from Seattle to the farthest point on the map, Key West, but in St. Louis, he is forced to stop.
Because his severe vertigo is diagnosed as the side effect of a brain tumor, Alan must go to Los Angeles for treatment. He is surrounded by those who care most for him: his father, who is happy to have Alan back in his childhood home; Falene, who has been by his side through his most difficult times; and Nicole, who helped him recover from a mugging in Spokane. One by one, Alan alienates them all, and he resumes his journey in angry loneliness. The people he meets as he walks the dusty southern back roads have lessons to teach Alan about accepting love. He just has to have faith that life can be worth living againâ€”and that the woman he rejected will be willing to forgive him.
Reviews Alan is in the hospital, has a brain tumor, needs to return home to his fathers house for surgery and possibly abandon his walk to Florida. Doug has another problem, 2 women that want to be there with him through his surgery and recovery. Both Nicole and Farlene are there and Alan needs to choose. When Farlene asks him if he wants her to stay and Alan hesitates, she leaves without saying goodbye. After the surgery, when Alan is asking for Farlene when he is coming out of surgery, Nicole knows that he doesn't love her, so she leaves and Alan is alone to recover at his family home with his father. Alans father want him to stay in CA and start his life, but Alan wants to finish what he started and finish the walk to Florida. Again along the way Alan meets people that influence him for good. Alan is just at the boarder of Florida when he gets a life changing call.
I like the simplicity of these books and I like to think there are good people out there that would help someone along the way. This is the next installment of "The Walk" series and it does not disappoint. Alan has found out that he has a brain tumor -- the question becomes whether it is malignant or benign. He also has two woman and his father who support him through this. Alan continues his walk after his surgery and again meets some interesting people. But the highlight of the book is what he discovers about himself, his life, and his love.
Many times authors will write series that can have each book standing on its own. While this book could stand on it's own, I think it is better if you read the series.
Cannot wait for Book Five!! Loved it. I have enjoyed all of the "WALK" books and can't believe that I have to wait a whole year for the next one. Thanks for the journey. The "cult" part of the book was alarming and disturbing. I could have done without that part. If you could speed up your writing skills, I sure would appreciate the next book by Christmas. Richard Paul Evans has tugged at the heart again with "A Step of Faith", the latest installment of his amazing "The Walk" series. This time we find Alan Christoffersen in the midst of another personal crisis that threatens his journey across the country to Key West. Alan is joined by those he needs most but circumstances and emotions get in the way and he eventually returns alone to continue his Walk.
Alan heads from St. Louis through the deep South tasting the culture and amazing food along the way. He meets some very interesting people including a woman tied to a tree that leads to an encounter with a "religion" that is out of this world he never expected. All of them have Alan pondering what he really needs and wants most. When Alan comes to the realization about what to do, he hits another speed bump in his path.
Like many of Richard Paul Evans fans I could not wait for this book to come out. I really enjoyed reading it and found it impossible to put down. Mr. Evans is an incredible storyteller and this book is the best one of this series yet! Now begins the agonizing wait for the final part of this incredible adventure due out next year. "The Walk" series puts readers through an emotional wringer and we are better for the ride.
It started out with "The Walk" and now after many "Miles to Go" down "The Road to Grace" take "A Step of Faith" and join the journey. Life's road will never look the same I have been "hooked" on this series since I read Book 1. In fact, my husband and I are booked to go on the Key West Cruise, a celebration to end the Walk series. The book started with the same intensity which it ended. I wanted to
know how the brain tumor would complicate Alan's plans and now I can't wait to find out another complication and its possible impact on Alan. There were so many interesting characters in this book. Each one could be the centerpiece of a story on their own. The cult is dynamic, gave me chills. Dustin was interesting! I enjoyed the descriptions of his meals, complementing the journey and the towns he was in. I think you need to read this book with the right frame of mind and go with the flow that RPE intended. Nicole or Falene? where will Alan find his peace? and will he go back to Seattle and get a Waffle House Franchise? I am excited about reading the conclusion and before I go on the cruise I will reread the books in order so I can discuss the journey with all the other Walk fans. Thank you, RPE, for another good book. An amazing and very inspiring series. I, too, an struggling surcharge loss of a spouse and how to go on, and what it truly means to "live" as our spouse wanted us to, not simply to exist, but to live and enjoy life. This book and the rest of the series has given me great insight, inspiration and much to think about. Anyone needing a little inspiration in life no matter what your struggle will truly find something that will inspire you and that you can relate to. I would recommend any of Richard Paul Evans' books to anyone. However, this series has been especially good. The only thing I don't like is finishing the book in 2 days and having to wait another whole year for the next book to come out. It was just another great adventure w Alan Christofferson! So glad he's finally found himself and decided he's ready to actually live! Thank you so much for yet another wonderful work of art. Book four in the Walk series by Richard Paul Evans finds our character Alan Christoffersen, who was walking from the state of Washington to Florida, flying back to a medical center near his father’s home in Los Angeles for surgery on his recently found brain tumor. Fortunately, the tumor is found to be benign, and after spending weeks recuperating and against his father’s wishes, Alan flies back to St. Louis to continue his journey – meeting interesting and engaging people along the route. Walking provides an outlet for his jumbled, tortured thoughts and as he approaches the Florida state line, Alan realizes that he is ready to live and love again. But, he has to hold onto hope when a message is left on his cell reporting an emergency at home.
As Alan says, “For now Key West must wait. For the third time since I began, my walk has been delayed. In the beginning, I had considered these stops on my journey as interruptions - but I’m coming to understand that perhaps these detours are my journey. No matter how much I, or the rest of humanity wishes otherwise, life is not lived in smooth downhill expressways, but in the obscure, perilous trails and rocky back roads of life where we stumble and feel our way
through the fog of the unknown. Life is not a sprint. It was never meant to be. It is just one step of faith after another.” A Step of Faith is the fourth in The Walk series that began in 2010. It is preceded by The Walk (2010), Miles to Go (2011), and The Road to Grace (2012). While it is not strictly necessary to have read the first three in order to understand and enjoy A Step of Faith, I would strongly recommend it. The premise of The Walk series is that Alan Christoffersen, living in Seattle, had it all: his own advertising business, a lovely home, and a beautiful, loving wife, McKale who also happens to have been his childhood sweetheart. Until one day when McKale has an accident while riding her horse and subsequently dies, Alan’s business partner, Kyle Craig (interesting for James Patterson fans that this is also the name of Alex Cross’ former partner (boss) turned evil nemesis) steals the agency’s customers, the business is defunct, and with no money, Alan loses his cars and house. After considering and rejecting suicide, Alan decides that with nothing left to tie him to Seattle he just wants to get as far away as possible. He decides to walk from Seattle to the furthest point in the continental United States, Key West, Florida. On his journey, Alan encounters many people, some good, others not so much; some will reappear in his life, others will just become as ships passing in the night. He also runs into obstacles and has his setbacks, such as being mugged and stabbed, but he meets these obstacles with resolve and determination, for it is more about the journey itself that the actual destination.
When we last saw Alan at the end of The Road to Grace, Alan awoke in the hospital in St. Louis after experiencing dizziness and headaches and finally losing consciousness alongside the road. Falene, his former employee and friend, is with him and informs him that he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Will Alan resume his walk? The answer lies in A Step of Faith and I don’t think it would be considered a spoiler for me to tell you that Alan does indeed continue on his journey, meeting new people and experiencing some things he never even dreamed of. And as before, the journey is Alan’s opportunity for soulsearching, listening to his heart, figuring out how he can move on.
I have read each book in this series within a week of publication and have enjoyed each immensely. A Step of Faith is certainly no exception, provable by the fact that I devoured it in one day. However this one left me feeling a little bit sad, probably because about the time that Alan finally realizes that he needs people in his life and that he needs to open his heart to love again, those people begin leaving his life. It seems rather a lesson in the old saying that you should never take for granted the ones you love, as you never know when you may lose them. That said, I still enjoyed the book and will be eagerly awaiting the next one (yes, there IS going to be a fifth book in the series, scheduled for May
2014). One problem that is unavoidable is that since the books in the series have been published approximately one year apart, it is easy to forget people and events, or at least the details. I usually re-read the last chapter or two in the previous book before starting a new one, just to refresh my memory. I think I might re-read the first four books shortly before the arrival of the fifth, so that there will be a natural flow that seems lacking when read a year apart. Richard Paul Evans is always easy to read, and never disappoints. I highly recommend this book to all, young and old alike. There are so many "wisdoms" in this story. Each book has, at unexpected moments, taken my breath away. It's those "ah ha" moments of clarity that capture my heart and soul. This is sometimes like reading my own story - but not. I've not gone through any of the same things but I have experienced so many of the same emotions; fear, frustration, loneliness, confusion, love. Unfortunately, people, unlike most machines, don't come with an owners manual. We have to figure things out as we go. Can you imagine building a car or anything else in our technological world, without some kind of blueprint? We build our lives with only a blueprint of experience created by our own often flawed decisions. Stepping back though and looking at it from outside of ourselves, it makes some sense and enhances life. Yes, we grieve but we survive and we grow and we learn that we haven't completely lost what we had. The love, the memory, the warmth is still there for us. For anyone who has suffered a life changing moment (and who hasn't) these books are so self-affirming. They give that "pat on the back" or "warm hug" that we all need. Sometimes, there isn't someone there to do the patting or the hugging but if we remember hard enough, our memories can do that. The 4th book in the Walk Series and each book is a diary of Alan Christoffersen and his journey from Seattle, WA to Key West, Florida by foot. After the death of his wife and the financial ruin from his former business partner while he was caring for his wife. On this journey he has overcome many obstacles â€“ has been beaten up, suffered brain tumor, been sick, and yet has met so many inspiring characters along the way. He has had some setbacks; however, determined to make this walk. He now is in Jacksonville, headed back to see his father who may be dying.
Living in Florida can tell you from experience driving from Jacksonville, FL to the Keys takes forever---by foot another book or two - look forward to the remainder of his journey. Sounds as though he may have some romance in store (unless he is too late) with the one who has stood by him since she originally worked for him and been there to support him along the way (until it was too much for her since he did not return the feelings); however, think he will have a change of heart! He deserves some happiness!! _______________________________________________________________
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