Water Walker

Water Walker

by Ted Dekker


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Water Walker by Ted Dekker

Second in the new series from Ted Dekker, master of suspense, whose books have sold 9 million copies. Humming with intensity, Water Walker is a raw adrenaline rush from first page to last.

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ISBN-13: 9781617952746
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 381,479
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author of over thirty novels. Heralded as a “master of suspense” by Library Journal, Dekker has sold millions worldwide, establishing himself as one of the most widely recognized author brands. Dekker was born to missionaries and grew up among cannibals of Indonesia, and his peculiar upbringing gives him a unique perspective outside the cultural bubble, allowing him the freedom to share provocative insights in his fiction. He resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. You can find him at Teddekker.com and Facebook.com/teddekker.

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Water Walker 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
SupermanJMO More than 1 year ago
Life was just settling into normal. Alice was just beginning to understand what normal actually was. She had no memory of the beyond six months ago and had spent those months in an orphanage. Until John and Louise adopted her. Until they gave her a normal. Then the man showed up and shattered that illusion. Nothing would ever be normal. Claiming to be her father, the man, Wyatt, kidnaps her and takes her deep into the Louisiana swamplands where he lives with his wife, Kathryn, and his mentally disabled son. Alice—her real name is Eden, supposedly—was taken from Kathryn as a baby because Alice’s birth father was a powerful politician who didn’t want to acknowledge an affair. Now Wyatt was appeasing his wife and restoring his family. But Alice—Eden—soon discovers that things are amiss in her new household…and there’s absolutely no escape from it. Until she meets Outlaw. As always, the story is nail-biting and page-turning. Dekker has a way of presenting readers with his characters’ shoes and coaxing us into them. Just use her eyes for a moment will you? You feel the characters and hurt with them. You begin to understand their motivations and desires and longings. That’s important for a novel like this, because Dekker’s ultimate goal is transference. Do you have eyes to see? Place a character over here, connect with her, draw her extreme situation into your reality. You get sucked in not just because the story is good but because you are invested in the character because, in a way, you’ve become the character. Dekker’s overall theme here—one that he makes no effort to conceal—is that of forgiveness. It would give away too much of the plot to tell specifics, so let me concentrate on the theme. Dekker speaks of forgiveness in a way that few ever do. And that’s a tragedy, because he’s one of the few that’s got it right. Forgiveness requires sacrifice. To forgive a debt is to absorb the loss, to sacrifice. Why did it take Jesus’ death to forgive sin? Because the debt had to be paid, the penalty had to be absorbed, and the one who forgives is the one who must sacrifice. It’s a radical concept, but Dekker takes it a step further. Forgiving like that, forgiving like Jesus, that’s the most freeing thing we can do. There are two types of novels. The first are amusements just for a time: beach reads, throwaway thrillers, formulaic mysteries. They might sell millions of copies and make lots of money and have lots of fans and be turned into movies, but in reality they suck. Not in terms of story, but in terms of time. They suck your life away. You lost two hours, four hours, six hours reading that and you’re nothing better for it. That’s not this novel. Water Walker is the second type of novel, the kind of novel that changes people. Superficially, all can be just about the same. The story is still there, fast-paced and thrilling, but there’s a depth to it that makes you think. It’s the kind of novel that leaves you thinking as you try to fall asleep at night, the kind of novel that breathes life into you and will change you, if you let it. Water Walker is an excellent story. But it’s also more.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ted Dekker in his new book, “Water Walker” Book Two in The Outlaw Chronicles published by Worthy Publishing takes us into the life of Alice Ringwald. From the back cover:  “My name is Alice Ringwald, but the man who kidnapped me says that’s a lie. He calls me Eden and says he’s taking me to be with my mother.  But my mother, like everything else in my past, is dead.  Or so I thought.” Thirteen-year old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she’s creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when a strange man comes to her door. Her real mother is alive, he says, and begs her to return home. When Alice won’t leave with him, the man forces his way into the house and abducts her. In a frantic manhunt the FBI pursues, but the man slips through their fingers. He and Alice vanish without a trace. So begins Water Walker, a modern day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it’s possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains. I am sorry to say that I didn’t like this book as much as the first one.  When there is a kidnapping and an FBI manhunt I expect great thrills and excitement. Instead I got a zealot compound where they are brainwashed.  Not really my cup of tea.  Ted Dekker does a wonderful job on the themes though.  Truth and forgiveness are delved in with clarity and insight.  If you want to know who you really are you need to get out of the boat and walk on water.  And the only way to do that is walking with God.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing for this review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
ForestGuardCaptain More than 1 year ago
I've finished parts 1-3. They are traditional Dekker fashion yet different. There is always a troubled soul that you long to help and always the one to help them in an amazing way. There is faith--a somewhat twisted faith in the beginning definitely, trust, "rebellion", grace, and so much more.Trust and forgiveness is key in this book. Once it gets to that point. I always love the impacting moments in the book. The moments where you see God reaching out to His child to help and they grasp His hand. Amazing. And Dekker has a way of putting it that grips your heart. Water Walker is a journey we wall can take. We just have to step out of the boat. Trust. Swallow our fears. Stand up to them. There are parts, specifically in part 3, that I dislike simply because of what is happening. The characters are so...mean that I want to shake them. The danger that Eden is in and what follows made my heart pound and I felt angry at these people. I wanted to help her.  Water Walker is an amazing ride of suspense and faith. Step out of the boat. Jika, jika, jawa.
caterpilar More than 1 year ago
 Part two is as great as part one! Still has a lot of twists and was a little surprised at who this character actually is! I can not wait to see how this developes! At this point in time she does not remember her past yet, but she is having dreams! Has me totally hooked and anticipating part three!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ted Dekker at his best. Leaves you eager for what's going to happen next and not wanting to put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was sorely disappointed by the fact that there was a cuss word in a book that claims to spread God's word.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
The Outlaw is back and so is Alice Ringwald. In the second book of the series Ted Dekker has once again used the element of fiction to drive home the power of truth.  The story begins with the abduction of thirteen-year-old Alice by her non-custodial step father. She is brought to a compound in the swamps of Louisiana where her mother is waiting for her. Five years quickly elapse and we see Alice who is now Eden totally enmeshed in the spiritual rituals that her mother insists on. An unexpected turn of events changes everything for Eden. Through Stephen, the Outlaw, she begins to see things differently but can she really make the changes needed to find freedom both physically and spiritually? Ted Dekker is the modern day master of parables and metaphors. In this particular story a boat on the storm raged waters of a lake bring particular clarity to the idea of forgiveness and freedom. I came away from this book with a deeper sense of understanding the topic of forgiveness. It is such a deep and profound idea that it is no wonder so many of us fall short. We are completely putting our trust in the wrong thing. I can pretty much guarantee that I'm going to have to be reading portions of this book aloud to anyone that come within close enough proximity of me. Since you are reading this over the internet, I'll just leave you with a few of my favorite quotes from the book. "You just stepped beyond one of your fears only to learn that it was an illusion." "God isn't a boat, or the water, or any boy for that matter. He's in your heart. Let go of your fears of this world and find him there." "I wish I could save you from all of your troubles, my child. But you must walk the path before you and walk your own waters to the place where only love resides." "There are very few people on this earth who know what it means to truly forgive and even fewer who walk the path of forgiveness. But the power of that forgiveness is staggering."  "Only in not defending are you ever truly safe. Every time you resist or defend against any perceived threat from the water, you give it power to fulfill that very perceived threat and it will crush you." "See no harm in that which comes to destroy you because only your costume can be hurt. The real you is always safe in your Father's arms. Always!" I was provided a book to facilitate my review.
KimTeamer More than 1 year ago
The Review: Where do I begin?  There is so much I want to say about this book, Water Walker by Ted Dekker. The author's language and wording, his primary themes, his intermingling of light and dark, the characters and their voices, the bondage and freedom aspects - these things stood out in a very big way. The role of each person in the story and how they played their part in the conclusive end, or rather in a more precise beginning was haunting. I was literally stunned speechless with how it all played out. This book was no easy read, in my opinion. It was well-paced, of course, but the movement was...complicated. Not complicated in a hard way. No, not at all. I guess I could say that it was like an organized and complex chaos. There were so many messages and lessons weaved into the storyline. Scripture references were constant and served to steer me toward a greater understanding. That helped to open my mind to where Dekker was obviously (and yet not) trying to take me. I think anytime anyone reads this book they will walk away with something different every time. Perhaps, they will focus on forgiveness, love, grace, or mercy. Maybe they will focus on choices, consequences, spiritual warfare, or new life pursuits. All I know is that they will walk away changed.  Rating: 4.25/5Recommend: YesTone: Mixed Cliffhanger: YesStand Alone Read: Yes (Note: Suggest readers consider reading book #1 of The Outlaw Chronicles)Themes: Love, Forgiveness, FaithBookshelf Worthy: Yes A complimentary copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The words I have expressed are my own. No form of compensation was given to me. I was not required to write a positive review. I have shared my thoughts for your consideration. (less)
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
Thirteen year old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she's creating, with the loving couple that adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man. In a frantic FBI manhunt, he vanishes. So begins Water Walker, a modern day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness and reminds us that it's possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains. Most of the story is the kidnapping and descriptions of Kathryn’s bizarre religion. Alice was just settling into her new life with her foster parents when a stranger, Wyatt, comes to their door and announces he’s her father. With only six months of memories and limited life experience, Alice offers little resistance when Wyatt kidnaps her and takes her to her birth mother who lives on a compound stringently controlled by Zeke in the middle of a Louisiana swamp. Alice becomes the centerpiece of their religion, spending numerous hours in ritual cleansings and surrounded by a multitude of rules. This story is part of a series but can stand alone and be enjoyed; the main theme is that of forgiveness, a story of love, discovery, and secrets yet to be told with lots of twists. If you are a fan of Dekker you will enjoy this book. I received copy of EBook from Net Galley, FirstLook program from Worthy Publishing for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most exciting series I am reading. I can hardly wait for the next two books to come out.
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What's next??
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Classic Dekker. You think you know what's going on and then Dekker changes the rules. This is great read for anyone who likes to think outside the box
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Love this book. Good book on forgiving people.
ainnir_bard More than 1 year ago
A powerful work about forgiveness.  "For they know not what they are doing."
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There's just something about Ted Dekker's writing that won't let you put the book down! Beautiful story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this series of books. I am probably the only one to think this, but it drives me nuts that Ted always brings everything back around to Showdown. If I knew that's what this was I wouldn't have bought it. I would like something to actually be a book for itself. There have been a few that I have really enjoyed and then he goes back to something related to Showdown. I really enjoyed Three, The Bride Collector, Boneman's Daughters, The Priest's Graveyard and The Sanctuary. I look forward to more of those.
Wildflowers More than 1 year ago
Water Walker by Ted Dekker is the middle book in The Outlaw Chronicles series consisting of the earlier released Eyes Wide Open and Hacker, which will be released later this year. The books in the series have one common character, Stephen, but they can be read as a standalone or in any order. In Water Walker, Dekker has outdone himself by crafting an incredible mind-bending and soul-twisting tale which is refreshingly delightful and entertaining. It is the story of thirteen-year-old Alice Ringwald, an orphan living with her foster parents. Alice does not remember beyond the past six months of her life. Yet, living with her caring foster parents gives her much hope for the future. But her idyllic life is shattered when a stranger, Wyatt, appears, promising to take her to her biological mother, Kathryn. Alice and the man vanish into thin air. While a manhunt launched by the FBI failed to track down Alice and her kidnapper, she is taken to Louisiana where Kathryn is waiting for her. As Alice is totally enmeshed in the spiritual rituals that her mother insists on, time roars by quickly. But when Alice turns eighteen, she discovers secrets she never knew before - a million dollar trust fund established by her late father. When Stephen appears, she begins to see things in a new light. But will she have the courage to discern falsehood from truth? Written in the vein of Ted’s trademark thrillers, Water Walker is a story of secrets, discovery, love and forgiveness. The story is deep, intense and transformational. It is a journey of discovery with its twists and turns that keeps the reader totally absorbed. Ted Dekker has the ability to spin an unlikely story into a fascinating read leaving one breathless to the very last page.
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