The Walk review

The Walk (Walk, #1)

“My name is Alan Christoffersen. You don’t know me. ‘Just another book in the library,’ my father would say. ‘Unopened and unread.’ You have no idea how far I’ve come or what I’ve lost. More important, you have no idea what I’ve found.” —Prologue

What would you do if you lost everything—your job, your home, and the love of your life—all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he’s tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he’s known and heads for the farthest point on his map: Key West, Florida. The people he encounters along the way, and the lessons they share with him, will save his life—and inspire yours.

Richard Paul Evans’s extraordinary New York Times bestsellers have made him one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. A life-changing journey, both physical and spiritual, The Walk is the first of an unforgettable series of books about one man’s search for hope.

Started this book at B&N earlier when I stopped for coffee.  B&N lets owners of a Nook read a book for free for one hour every day.  Normally I don’t carry my Nook with me but I happened to have it today so thought I’d read something while I sipped my latte.  My sister told me this book was good so I settled on it.

The hour went by very quickly.  When it informed me around page 75 that I was out of time, I was disappointed enough that I bought the book so I could continue reading.  I had an $8 credit on my account so it worked out well.

This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let you go.  I felt Alan’s pain when his life fell apart and how grief stricken he was.  His decision to take off and leave the same day was rather far-fetched – most people would need to make a few arrangements but he just happened to have every single thing he needed in his house.  But whatever, it is fiction which means anything can happen.  His working up to 30 miles a day within a week of starting his journey seemed hard to believe too but again, it is fiction.

What grabs is the questions he asks as he goes along, the life he wonders about, the pain, the people he meets, and how he realizes more and more that life has to be lived to be appreciated.  He talks in there about “life-huggers” and it is rather descriptive of most of our lives.  We hug life so tight that we don’t really take the time to live or appreciate it.

Evans writing style is easy to follow, his descriptions are engaging, and the story flies along.  I have no doubt I will read the entire series – I believe there are five or six books in all.  I even think I may be inspired and learn something along the way.  🙂  I give the book an A+.

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