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Walking on Water (Walk Series #5)

Walking on Water (Walk Series #5)

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by Richard Paul Evans

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In this fifth New York Times bestseller in the 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


In this fifth New York Times bestseller in the 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.

Editorial Reviews

Deseret Morning News
"There are humorous moments, heartwarming moments, moments of self-discovery and moments of profound wisdom."
Kirkus Reviews
The fifth volume in the Walk series brings it to a pedestrian close.Followers of the series know that Alan Christoffersen is walking across America to mend his broken heart after his wife's death. Starting in Seattle, his goal is Key West. When he reaches Jacksonville, Florida, news arrives of a dire family emergency, so he flies home to deal with it. Afterward, he returns to his walk, during which he mulls over the meaning of life and occasionally trades wisdom with strangers. One of them says Christoffersen is "like most of humanity, looking for something that's ultimately not worth finding." But Christoffersen disagrees. He's looking for hope. This last leg of his journey is about 500 miles of straight line, which pretty much describes the plot. Every day he walks 20 miles, give or take a few, and every day he says what he eats and whom he meets. Fine. This is a journal, after all. But there are no surprises, mysteries, twists, setbacks or disasters except for the one beginning the tale. He deeply misses his wife, of course, and is now in love with a woman he's never kissed and who's engaged to marry another man. Meanwhile, he claims to be "not wired for celibacy," yet he calmly rebuffs the advances of two lusty sirens in a bar without even reporting a tingle below the belt. From his journal entries, Christoffersen appears to be a man without fault. No, he doesn't compare himself to Jesus, but the metaphor is clear. After a rain, he realizes he's "walking on water," but it's no Sea of Galilee. Anyone can walk on water this shallow.Readers of the first four volumes will enjoy this conclusion. Others who are interested should read these feel-good books in sequence, starting with The Walk.

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Simon & Schuster
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Walk Series , #5
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5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than twenty-five novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than twenty million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, two Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook at Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website, RichardPaulEvans.com.

Brief Biography

Salt Lake City, Utah
Date of Birth:
October 11, 1962
Place of Birth:
Salt Lake City, Utah
B.A., University of Utah, 1984

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Walking on Water (Walk Series #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Zazzy1 More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully Wow!  A must read!!!      Like so many other fans, I eagerly anticipated the finale installment of Richard Paul Evans “The Walk” series, “Walking on Water”.   After traveling vicariously through Alan’s eyes for the last 4 years I was almost sad to see the adventure end as I counted the days to May 6th ,  anxiously intrigued to read the conclusion.  If ever there was a roller coaster road of life, Alan Christoffersen has traveled it.  Snagged and tripped up by various speed bumps along the way, he was encouraged and challenged by the stories of those he has met traversing from Seattle, WA to Key West, FL.  This book concludes that emotional sojourn and I can honestly say it was so worth the wait.        So close yet so far, this chapter began with him back at his boyhood home in Arcadia, 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 let 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.  I will miss Alan and 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!!
kyladyVD More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole Walk series but Walking on Water was my very, very favorite. Richard Paul Evans is an outstanding author. Hopefully he will continue writing series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the entire series. I will miss the characters
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
THE WALK, what an incredible series by Richard Paul Evans! WALKING ON WATER #5, the last book in the series – a bittersweet story, as it comes to a close. What a great ride (or should I say walk)? I have followed this journey through each book; each with special meaning, unique people, and places—connecting with Alan Christoffersen on his journey to find his way, after losing his wife, his business, his money and near suicide. However, we must say goodbye to Alan and wish this much loved character the best. However, he learned many important lessons along the way, as he traveled from Seattle, WA to Key West, FL for his cross country journey. I always prefer the audio version--who better to narrate than Richard himself—as he knows how to speak to the heart! A heartwarming, and inspiring journey (mixed with humor)--full of life lessons about love, loss, and forgiveness and, most of all, hope. This particular book was special as Alan he had the opportunity to get to know his dad, on a more personal level, through his diary and his mom’s letters---sacrifices his dad made for his son. Key West was the place his mom and dad were engaged so the journey came full circle. A great ending with the love of a new friend, a wise father, and the loyalty and friendship of an old friend, as he leaves his past behind to start over--a much wiser and smarter man, after overcoming his struggles and challenges. I enjoyed learning about the author’s inspiration for creating THE WALK and am positive this series touched many lives – Well done! Looking forward to his next series. “You take away everything a man lives for, then what does he live for?” ¿ Richard Paul Evans, Walking on Water
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good series to read. Sorry to see it end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hip hoppity happy& very excited. Like so many other fans of Richard Paul Evans, I was so hip hoppity happy and very excited to read this wonderful book. This Walk Series is an awesome fantastically heartfelt series, I enjoyed all the of the Walk Series, but I do have to say that  Walking On Water was my total favorite one that I have read. It is about loss, love, life experiences, friendships, and A walk that is adventurist and exciting, while some of his walk may be sad and lonely. If you like to read about someone's life then this one is a definite must read!!! 
Taffie10 More than 1 year ago
Just when I think his writing just can't get any better..... Best series I've ever read!  Do you enjoy Nicolas Sparks?...me too!! Danielle Steele?.... Like wise!! Richard Paul Evans? You just can't beat him!!  If you haven't started "the Walk" series do yourself a favor and do so! You are lucky!.... You don't have to wait five years for this "GRAND" finally!!
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Every year as the new book has been released, I've reread the whole series. Such a wonderful series! Written beautifully, I felt like I was with Allan on his walk. I was sad to see the series end. Richard Paul Evans is my all time favorite!
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I have read each "Walk" book and looked forward with great anticipation to the next as it became available. This series is one I don't look forward to its ending as I have enjoyed it that much! I have read so man of R.P.Evans inspirational books and I plan to start my grandchildren on reading them this Christmas as they are of an age appropriate to experience the feelings of inspiration offered by his writings. My "Evans Library" is a source of great joy to go back to time and time again. I you haven't tried his writings, please try one, you won't regret it. Reward yourself! Celtic Colleen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the ending to this series. I couldn't put down the book until I finished it.
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Well, if you've read the rest, you need to finish the series! Frankly, I was a bit disappointed, and I don't even know why. We learned a lot more about his father and background, but the end of the trip seemed anticlimactic.
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Can i join? If yes than thank you and also can i have a mentor
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CluckLE More than 1 year ago
I loved doing the walk with Richard Paul Evans. Every step of the way was unexpected. I was hoping for a good ending and was not disappointed. 
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Best book in its series. Must read whole series.
PJW51 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the final book in this series. It is a feel good story with a satisfying ending. Great summer reading material.