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Review of The Walking Series Book by Richard Paul Evans

Updated on December 14, 2020
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Overview of The Walking Series

Richard Paul Evans wrote a five book series, beginning with “The Walk” and ending with “Walk on Water”. This fictional series tells the story of a man who loses his wife, his business and even his home, so he decides to walk from Seattle, Washington to Key West, Florida. He has virtually lost everything that is important to him. His adventures on this walk are detailed in his books, which include information about numerous popular tourist sites and his adventures with the people he meets on the road.

Each book is approximately three hundred pages, and it is easy reading that takes about three to three and a half hours to read. His walk changes his life forever as he learns so much about himself.

First Book - The Walk

The main character is Alan Christoffersen. He is struggling with the loss of his wife after she had an accident while riding a horse. His partner in his advertising business stole everything from him also, so rather than listen to his darkest thoughts he decided to walk across America. He takes the barest essentials in a backpack and walks about twenty miles daily.

He has funding from the sale of his possessions, so he is able to stay in a motel or eat in a restaurant some of the time. He camps out fairly frequently in his tent. The lessons he learns along the way are inspirational. His walk is turning out to be not only a physical journey but also a spiritual one.

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Second Book - Miles to Go

In the second book Alan wakes up in a hospital bed in Spokane, Washington, due to a roadside attack. He meets a mysterious woman, Angel, who helps him get medical care. She is very kind and generous. He ends up aiding Angel with a problem in her life as well.

This is a life and death tale, plus it shows how to heal your own suffering by helping someone else with their problems. Basically, Angel and Alan help each other. This book is full of inspiration and wisdom.

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Third Book - The Road to Grace

Alan Cristoffersen is almost halfway through his trek across American in this third book. He is attempting to walk a thousand miles between South Dakota to St. Louis in this book. He meets a mysterious woman, who follows him for approximately a hundred miles. He meets a Polish senior citizen also who gives him a ride. This man shares a story that will never be forgotten. This book is full of truth and wisdom.

Fourth Book - A Step of Faith

In this fourth book of the series you know Alan Cristofferson is starting to heal on an emotional and a spiritual level. As he walks with his backpack he visists historical sites and meet the most interesting people. These people teach him lessons about life. He learns about forgiveness and sacrifice. His father is starting to have a bigger influence on his life as well.

He's Walking Across America (MIKE POSNER)

Fifth Book - Walking on Water

As a reader of the fifth book you want him to reach his goal of making it to Key West. Most importantly, Alan has finally learned about love and hope in this book. He again must face a crisis, and he meets some unusual people to say the least. He is unsure that he can reach his goal for a period of time, but he ultimately makes it to Key West, Florida.

“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.”

Johnny Cash I Walk the Line

In Conclusion

I enjoyed this series of books as it is easy reading for a relaxing evening, and I really liked the lessons Alan Clristofferson learned on his travels. He meets such a wide variety of unusual people, and his experiences are so interesting. He learns lessons about himself, about love, forgiveness and he ends up with hope for the future.

As Alan walks across the country you realize how difficult it would be to walk an average of twenty miles a day. He meets a huge variety of people from all walks of life. The characters make these books so interesting that I knew I would complete the series. Richard Paul Even is a very good author, and I recommend this series to anyone that would like to read an uplifting series.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Pamela Oglesby

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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    15 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi MG,

    I really enjoyed this series and all the places he described during his travels. Thanks for commenting.

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    MG Singh emge 

    15 months ago from Singapore

    Pamela, what review you have written is pretty interesting and whets my appetite to read these books. I think the writer had a wonderful idea and looks like books will be interesting.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    15 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Rajan,

    I did enjoy this series. I appreciate your comments.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    15 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    Seems a very interesting series. Thanks for sharing the review.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Genna, It truly is an amazing jounery for this man and a lot happens on the journey that I didn't write about as I didn't want to give everything away. I hope you enjoy the series and I appreciate your comments.

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    Genna East 

    19 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

    What an amazing journey, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Thank you, Pamela. I will definitely read this series.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Nell, This series is a bit different from what I usually read but I did enjoy the series. Thank you for your comments. Have a happy New Year, Nell!

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    Nell Rose 

    19 months ago from England

    Sounds like a fascinating series of books. I do read these sort of things sometimes, but I am not sure until I read a couple of pages before I buy. But it does sound interesting, thanks

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Audry, I am happy that you have found something nice to read. I appreciate your comments.

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    Audrey Hunt 

    19 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    I'm a walker and would love this series. What a great review! Thanks so much for introducing me to this author.

    I'm your biggest fan!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Liz, I haven't read Pilgrim' Progress but may I should. I think you might enjoy this series as it is inspirational and interesting but easy reading. I appreciate your comments.

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    Liz Westwood 

    19 months ago from UK

    This is an interesting and inspirational book review. It puts me in mind a little of Pilgrim's Progress.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Maria, I haven't read the Christmas-themed stories. I really enjoyed this story and I think you will to.

    I hope you have a blessed and wonderful New Year as well. Love and hugs.

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    Maria Jordan 

    19 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

    Hi Pamela,

    My mother introduced me to Richard Paul Evans - such an inspirational author, especially with Christmas-themed stories.

    Thanks for this review - I will definitely be checking out this series.

    Happy, peaceful, blessed New Year to you and yours. Love, Maria

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Robert, I really enjoyed this series. I appreciate your commets.

    Have a Happy New Year!

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Linda, I think you would enjoy this series of books. Thanks for commenting.

    Have a Happy New Year!

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    Linda Crampton 

    19 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

    You've described a series of books that I'd like to read. I've never heard of it before. Thanks for introducing me to Richard Paul Evans and his work.

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    Robert Sacchi 

    19 months ago

    Seems an interesting and inspirational book.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Ruby, I often just read for a while just before bed. I You would probably like the series and it is easy reading. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Peggy, It wasn't easy for Alan to walk that far and the book does talk about many of the issues, including his safety. Thanks for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Davika, I did find this series very interesting and it was uplifting. I hope you enjoy the series if you choose to read it. I appreciate your comments.

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    Devika Primić 

    19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    I like the review on this series and you certainly encouraged me to read it. I appreciate your time and research in these series to share with us what you know of each title. It sounds awesome to have learned of such adventures.

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    Peggy Woods 

    19 months ago from Houston, Texas

    Thanks for writing about this series of books which sound very interesting. That would be quite the undertaking to walk 20 miles per day and cross the country.

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    Ruby Jean Richert 

    19 months ago from Southern Illinois

    His journey appears interesting and heartwarming, my kind of book. The only problem is finding the time to read a book. Your review is very good. Thank you for sharing.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Linda, I do think you would enjoy this series. I wish I could curl up with my kitty but he passed away in Nov. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Shauna, I think it just spans a couple of years as he get sidetracked for various reasons, but e gets back on the walk when he can. I really enoyed this series and I have never written a book review before. Thank you for your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Flouish, I can see why it reminds you of Forest Gump. I appreciate your comments.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Chuck, I would not be surprised to see a Netflix adaption. I am glad you enjoyed this hub and your comments are appreciated.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Rosina, That is exacting what this series is about. I really enoyed this series as it was a bit different than what I usually read. I hope you will try the series and I appreciate your comments.

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    Rosina S Khan 

    19 months ago

    Pamela, this looks like a very inviting and intriguing book series where a man loses everything, starts to walk across America, meets interesting people on the way and finally finds the hope for life again. Thank you for narrating a wonderful book review of the series.

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    Chuck Nugent 

    19 months ago from Tucson, Arizona

    Pam - this is a great Hub and great review of the 5 book series. It sounds like an interesting series to either read or wait for the Netflix adaptation. Good work, I enjoyed this Hub.

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    FlourishAnyway 

    19 months ago from USA

    These book sound interesting although I sure could not imagine walking cross country. It reminded me a little bit of Tom Hanks’ character in Forrest Gump when he just kept running.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    19 months ago from Central Florida

    Pamela, this sounds like a wonderful series, full of adventure and inspiration. Over how many years does the series span from book one to book five?

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    Linda Lum 

    19 months ago from Washington State, USA

    Pamela, I love curling up by the fireplace with my kitty and a good book. I had not heard of this series, but I'll be adding it to my "to do" list for 2020. Thanks for the book review.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    19 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Bill, Yes, we all need inspiration. These was an easy read during the busy holiday season. I appreciate your comments. Happy New Year to you as well!

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    Bill Holland 

    19 months ago from Olympia, WA

    Thank you for the review, Pamela. Perhaps I'll give it a try. We can all use inspiration, right? Happy New Year to you!

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