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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.


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.


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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