The Road to Grace: The Third Journal of the Walk Series: A Novel

Hardcover | May 8, 2012

byRichard Paul Evans

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From one of America’s most beloved storytellers comes the inspiring third installment of the bestselling series, The Walk, the ongoing story of one man’s unrelenting search for hope.

Join one of America’s beloved storytellers on a walk like no other: one man’s unrelenting search for hope.

Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he is walking from Seattle to Key West, the farthest destination on his map.

Now almost halfway through his trek, Alan sets out to walk the nearly 1,000 miles between South Dakota and St. Louis, but it’s the people he meets along the way who give the journey its true meaning: a mysterious woman who follows Alan’s walk for close to a hundred miles, the ghost hunter searching graveyards for his wife, and the elderly Polish man who gives Alan a ride and shares a story that Alan will never forget.

Full of hard-won wisdom and truth, The Road to Grace is a compelling and inspiring novel about hope, healing, grace, and the meaning of life.

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From one of America’s most beloved storytellers comes the inspiring third installment of the bestselling series, The Walk, the ongoing story of one man’s unrelenting search for hope. Join one of America’s beloved storytellers on a walk like no other: one man’s unrelenting search for hope. Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his h...

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. His novels have each appeared on the New York Times bestseller list; there are more than 13 million copies of his books in print. His books have been translated into more than twenty-two languages and several have been international bestsellers. He is the winner of t...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.8 inPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Road to grace I don't like to start a book ans not finish it. I definitely had to force myself to finish this book. I found it to be boring and uniformative. I hope you enjoy this more then I have.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Road to grace Very interesting series! I have read all if them so far.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Road to Grace Like the other books in this series, it grabbed me from the beginning and I couldn't put it down until I finished. Well written!
Date published: 2013-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating! Story Description: Simon & Schuster|May 8, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-4516-2818-0 Join one of America’s beloved storytellers on a walk like no other: one man’s unrelenting search for hope. Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he is walking from Seattle to Key West, the farthest destination on his map. Now almost halfway through his trek, Alan sets out to walk the nearly 1,000 miles between South Dakota and St. Louis, but it’s the people he meets long the way who give the journey its true meaning: a mysterious woman who follows Alan’s walk for close to a hundred miles, the ghost hunter searching graveyards for his wife, and the elderly Polish man who gives Alan a ride and shares a story that Alan will never forget. Full of hard-won wisdom and truth, THE ROAD TO GRACE is a compelling and inspiring novel about hope, healing, grace, and the meaning of life. My Review: As always, Richard Paul Evans has penned another fine piece of work. The story is amazing and the people Alan meets during this 1,000 mile trek will be people you won’t soon forget. The one that struck me the most was the Polish man and his story will wrench and twist your heart. This is book #3 of the series of 5 books with book #4 coming out in the spring of 2013 which I’ll definitely be picking up. This whole series has been phenomenal. Excellent reading!
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating! Story Description: Simon & Schuster|May 8, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-4516-2818-0 Join one of America’s beloved storytellers on a walk like no other: one man’s unrelenting search for hope. Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he is walking from Seattle to Key West, the farthest destination on his map. Now almost halfway through his trek, Alan sets out to walk the nearly 1,000 miles between South Dakota and St. Louis, but it’s the people he meets long the way who give the journey its true meaning: a mysterious woman who follows Alan’s walk for close to a hundred miles, the ghost hunter searching graveyards for his wife, and the elderly Polish man who gives Alan a ride and shares a story that Alan will never forget. Full of hard-won wisdom and truth, THE ROAD TO GRACE is a compelling and inspiring novel about hope, healing, grace, and the meaning of life. My Review: As always, Richard Paul Evans has penned another fine piece of work. The story is amazing and the people Alan meets during this 1,000 mile trek will be people you won’t soon forget. The one that struck me the most was the Polish man and his story will wrench and twist your heart. This is book #3 of the series of 5 books with book #4 coming out in the spring of 2013 which I’ll definitely be picking up. This whole series has been phenomenal. Excellent reading!
Date published: 2012-07-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A LITTLE BIT OF TRAVELOGUE FEEL TO THIS ONE In this third instalment of the series we once again walk with Alan Christoffersen, eight months into his pilgrimage, this time through the Dakotas and Missouri. Once again there are a few adventures along the way and most assuredly the heartwarming tales that Mr. Evans is famous for. I have read all three in The Walk series and enjoyed them. It is Alan’s story and with him I enjoy the people he meets along the way. This one is no different, although I was not pleased with the ending. Kind of saw it coming, but now have to wait until next Spring to know the outcome. But, alas, that is the sad reality of reading a series. If I were forced to note one bad thing about this book it would be that it had a little bit of a “travelogue” tone to it that the first two did not. Interesting, but sometimes I got the feeling that it was a bit of filler.
Date published: 2012-05-18

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PROLOGUE Note The sun will rise again. The only uncertainty is whether or not we will rise to greet it. Alan Christoffersen's diary Several months after I was mugged, stabbed, and left unconscious along the shoulder of Washington's Highway 2, a friend asked me what being stabbed felt like. I told her it hurt. Really, how do you describe pain? Sometimes doctors ask us to rate our pain on a scale from one to ten, as if that number had some reliable meaning. In my opinion there needs to be a more objective rating system, something comparative; like, would you trade what you're feeling for a root canal or maybe half a childbirth? And with what would we compare emotional pain-physical pain? Arguably, emotional pain is the greater of the two evils. Sometimes people will inflict physical pain on themselves to dull their emotional anguish. I understand. If I had the choice between being stabbed or losing my wife, McKale, again, the knife has the advantage-because if the knife kills me, I stop hurting. If it doesn't kill me, the wound will heal. Either way the pain stops. But no matter what I do, my McKale is never coming back. And I can't imagine that the pain in my heart will ever go away. Still, there is hope-not to forget McKale, nor even to understand why I had to lose her-but to accept that I did and somehow go on. As a friend recently said to me, no matter what I do, McKale will always be a part of me. The question is, what part-a spring of gratitude, or a fountain of bitterness? Someday I'll have to decide. Someday the sun will rise again. The only uncertainty is whether or not I will rise to greet it. In the meantime, what I hope for most is hope. Walking helps. I wish I were walking again right now. I think I'd rather be anywhere right now than where I am. © 2011 Richard Paul Evans

Editorial Reviews

“Though written with a religious tone, The Road to Grace is for people of all beliefs. It is an intriguing story that is simply enjoyable to read.”—Deseret Morning News