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The Road to Grace (The Walk #3)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  5,686 ratings  ·  901 reviews
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,
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Hardcover, 234 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published April 3rd 2012)
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Sherry
I always enjoy reading Richard Paul Evans and his latest was a quick, easy and touching read but one that made me say "REALLY?" The odds of finding a Mr. Leszek, a holocaust survivor in Mitchell, South Dakota are so bizarre that if Mr. Evans ever came across such a real character I'd love to know. South Dakota has the smallest Jewish population in the U.S....under 400! Mr. Evans writes that Leszek didn't come to the U.S. until his wife died 9 years ago. That in itself is a rarity for a holocaust ...more
Christine
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 sa
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Kristen
This book wasn't nearly as good as the first two in the series. It's beginning to feel as if Evans is trying to draw out the series on purpose...perhaps to earn a better paycheck? No. That's not fair. It was a lovely book, though it felt a little disjointed to me. I'm also finding that I really like the supporting characters much more than the hero himself. I'm wondering when some sort of personality is going to show up. It's difficult to get a sense of who he is, what he stands for, etc. Of cou ...more
Mike
Hard to wait for this one since I've read the other two in the series. This book entertained as well as inspired I guess would be a good word. As I get older my tastes change and Richard Paul Evans writing fills part of my plate with a taste of let me say Grace. His stories let me see part of people that I may otherwise miss because one can't see inside another mind but this writer lets us do so if for just a little while. I'd like to think Mr. Evans may continue his saga for I would like to go ...more
Angie
This is the third installment in "The Walk" series. This book was definitely focused more on the walking: he walked this many miles, ate this, slept here, saw this, etc. Which, though interesting if I were also traveling along there, became rather tedious after a while. I really liked the second book, which was were Alan spent most of the book recovering from a stabbing that he incurred at the end of the first book, and so there was more in depth character development and story line.

But that sai
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Barbara
This is the third book in "The Walk" series about one man's journey to find meaning in life by walking from the state of Washington to Key West, FL after having lost his wife, his career and his home. Unfortunately this installment was a little light on character and plot development and heavy on scenic destinations. This definitely could not be a stand alone book. The first three books could have easily been combined into one book and I get the feeling that they were divided up solely for profi ...more
Janean
I loved this story about forgiveness and grace. It was not preachy. Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“We always have a choice.” P. 51

much of this is on forgiveness
“I was nailing Pamela to a cross.
I shouted at myself to stop, but neither of the figures in my dream could hear me. I ran to my own side and tried, in vain, to stop my arm. ‘Leave her alone!’ I shouted. ‘She’s suffered enough!’
Just then there was another voice, even more pained than mine. ‘Stop! Please, stop.’
The three of us looked
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Greg
I have been enjoying Richard Paul Evans' series The Walk, perhaps largely because I enjoy travel so much myself. Each time I read the next installment, I find a renewed desire to go for a long walk myself, to take a few days (or weeks or months, if I could afford the time away) to wander the country and experience the world at a slower pace. I think is is one reason I would rather travel by motorcycle than by car. Even though it takes the same amount of time, by bike it seems that I experience t ...more
Christina Hodge
Admittedly, I have not read the other books in the series...I actually didn't even know it was part of a series...but as I was browsing thru the library's new fiction section, I came across this book...and my review is this: it's a quick read, with a great message...although the journey was quick, it was a worthwhile one...

My favorite quote:

"For most of my life, I thought of grace as a hope of a bright tomorrow in spite of the darkness of today - what we fail to realize is that grace is more th
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Jennifer Golden
This is one of the most inspiring series that I have read. The books should be read from the beginning to truly understand everything the main character Alan has gone through. The writing is superb and after the first couple of chapters of that first book you will realize you are on this journey also. I don't want to give away any part of the books so, just read them. The last I heard their were 5 planned books (another in Spring of 2013 and the last one Spring of 2014). Go ahead and get caught ...more
Tim Chavel
An excellent read. I do not remember why I decided to buy this book. More than likely I heard about it in another book I was reading. I started reading it without reading the outside cover, which I always do. So for the first 90 pages or so I thought it was a true story, but it turns out to be a novel. The book is actually a series. It is so interesting. The author makes me want to go on a walk like the character in the book. The character (Alan Christoffersen) starts out in Seattle, WA, 2 days ...more
Nancy
Holy Heck, I was not expecting that ending. I literally gasped when the words were said. Goodness Gracious, Richard Paul Evans knows how to dangle a cliffhanger.

Alan Christoffersen is continuing his walk to Key West, Florida after the sudden death of his wife and the loss of his business, home and cars. He has his support system in place and each mile walked brings new people and new revelations.

As he is leaving a hotel one morning, a woman calls his name, she looks vaguely familiar but Alan can
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Vicki
I am absolutely loving this series!! I love the people Alan meets along his journey, I love the way the author describes the towns and sites of interest, and I love reading his innermost thoughts. This is a man that I would like in real life. He’s got gumption, drive and once he makes up his mind to do something, nothing can stop him.

Knowing how caring Alan is towards everyone he’s met, I was a little thrown off by his reaction to Pamela. His whole loving demeanor changed when it came to her. I
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Barb
Jun 02, 2012 Barb rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
This is the third journal in Evans "Walk" series. After the death of his wife, Allen decided to walk as far away from the sadness as he could. He has met some interesting people along the way. This journal covers his time in South Dakota and down into Missouri.

This book is physically small and size-wise could easily be read in a day or two. But there is such profoundness in this book that it begs to be read slowly and contemplatively.

Probably the most interesting person I found was Leszek who h
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Jinky
I've come to run to RPE books for tug-at-the-heart reads. Certainly this series has been delivering that. This installment contained the classic Evans thought provoking phrases and stab-the-heart mini stories. The story moved along the almost tail end of this Seattle to Florida cross country walk, Alan is in South Dakota now. Stopping at places of interest and meeting interesting people along the way. Meeting Leszek, the Polish man, did it in and made the book for me. He could be a "poster man" ...more
Joleen
I received this book through first-reads!

Wow! What a book! I have not read the first two books in this series but after looking at the story-line through the series decided I would just read this one (#3) right now and try and get the others later.

It was a quick and powerful book to read. The author has a way of telling stories in the main story that have morals and lessons that can help the reader in their own lives.

You continue to follow Alan as he walks cross country on his trek to Key West,
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Cindy
Such an excellent continuation on The Walk series by Richard Paul Evans. Alan's journey in this book suits the title perfectly. It is The Road to Grace for him. The characters he meets on his trek, the stories that are told to him...each character's own journey, a learning experience.
I found this book to be my own "Road to Grace", my journey in life...it was was very uplifting, touching and almost personal to me. I am please that I read it, as I am sure you will find it the same for you.
I can't
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Jen
I read The Walk and couldn't put it down and passed the word like crazy. I waited anxiously for Miles to Go. Miles to Go was good, not great. But, it kept me waiting for Road to Grace. I was thoroughly disappointed in this book. It basically reads like a list - mostly a grocery list or a menu! Every chapter contains paragraphs that include lists of what he purchased, what he ate at every stop, what signs he saw, etc. I was so tired of reading what he ordered in a restaurant or purchased at a sto ...more
Lora
I got this book as a Good reads giveaway, and I had to read the first two before this one. It is a pretty interesting series with a lot of good insights into life, short and quick reads. I am enjoying all the characters that Alan meets along the way. A few encounters in this book aren't as true to life as I felt the others were. Sometimes, I felt like he should just hurry up and get there, so still a good book but I felt like the first was the best, the second great, and now just good. I will re ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Alan Christoffersen does continue to walk. In this book he meets a young widow and her two children. He spends the night with her. When Alan gets some bad news of his own does he stay with her and her family? This is a must read series. Every book just gets better and better.


Deb F. / Marathon County Public Library
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Dad
Dec 10, 2014 Dad rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
What a story!! It was a fascinating ride rather than a walk. Alan is a fascinating character. His journey helped him unravel all the things that were bugging him.
The part with Pamela helped him forgive her and understand his deceased wife and love, McKale. He turned out to be very forgiving and kind to her.
The part about Leszek, the Polish Jew and escapee of the Nazi death camp in eastern Poland was enlightening to say the least. Forgiveness relieves a burden from the one forgiving whether the
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Christine Ireland
I am really loving this series. Alan meets all kinds of people during his travels. One quote that really struck me is found on page 206 (second paragraph)"Look at it this way. Let's say a kid goes to a store where he sees a candy bar. He has no money, but he really wants that candy. So when he thinks no one is looking, he takes it. He's broken the law. Of course he should pay-I don't disagree with that. but what that poor kid doesn't know is that the store owner has cameras everywhere and all he ...more
Preston
Loved it.

In real steps, lays out a path for anyone to follow to find grace. Reveals the life-giving, soul-renewing water of forgiveness.

I especially like the descriptions of how to forgive and why it is important to do so. When we do not forgive, we give the perpetrator of harm (thief, manipulator, murderer, cheater, self, and so on) the power to control at least one aspect of our lives. And with just one part of our lives under their control, we can never be free to complete our journey, enjo
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Georgia Herod
As Journal Three opens, Alan Christofferson has new resolve to walk on after visiting the Crazy Horse monument in South Dakota and learning of Korczak Ziolkowski’s absurd dream to carve a mountain. Alan begins the 1000 miles between South Dakota and St. Louis.

It’s not the walking that’s most significant; rather it is the experiences along the way and the people he encounters. As in Journals One and Two, each encounter brings about new insight regarding hope, healing, grace, and the meaning of li
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Janet C.
For most of my life I have thought of grace as a hope of a bright tomorrow in spite of the darkness of today--and this is true. In this way we are all like Pamela, walking a road to grace--hoping for mercy. What we fail to realize is that grace is more than our destination, it is the journey itself, manifested in each breath and with each step we take. Grace surrounds us, whirls about us like the wind, falls on us like rain. Grace sustains us on our journeys, no matter how perilous they may be a ...more
Broadwaydon
I just completed "The Road to Grace," and I have exactly the same reaction to it as I did to the two earlier books in the series.

As many of you know, this is part of Richard Paul Evans's Walk series. The main character, Alan Christofferson, recently and rather suddenly lost his wife whom he loved very much. At the same time, he lost his business due to an unscrupulous and greedy business partner. He chooses to walk across America in an attempt to deal find new meaning in his life after all thes
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Kay
Walk aways:

Once you have opened the book to another's life, the cover never looks the same.

As we walk our individual life journeys, we pick up resentments and hurts, which attach themselves to our souls like burrs clinging to a hiker's socks. These stowaways may seem insignificant at first, but over time, if we do not occasionally stop and shake them free, the accumulation becomes a burden to our souls.

I had seen the bitterness of unaccepted loss.

Just another story under the sun.
Kathy Saunders
This is the 3rd in the series. Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his business, and his home. 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 nearly 1000 miles between South Dakato and St Louis, but it is the people he meets alo
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Deb
Jul 23, 2012 Deb rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: novel
I love Richard Paul Evan books. They always make you feel good about yourself and the world around you. When reading the first 2 books, which I loved, I put on my walking shoes and explored my town. I even started my own journal. I was looking forward to volume3. I didn't dislike the book but I felt let down. It was like reading a travel guide. I still love his book and I am going to read volume4 when it comes out but not with anticpation I did with volume3.
Dawn Critchfield
I really enjoyed the author's descriptions of the small towns he passed through and the landmarks he observed. Favorite quote from the book - "As we walk our individual life journeys, we pick up resentments and hurts, which attach themselves to our souls like burrs clinging to a hiker's socks. These stowaways may seen insignificant at first, but, over time, if we do not occasionally stop and shake them free, the accumulation becomes a burden to our souls."
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“As we walk our individual life journeys, we pick up resentments and hurts, which attach themselves to our souls like burrs clinging to a hiker's socks. These stowaways may seem insignificant at first, but, over time, if we do not occasionally stop and shake them free, the accumulation becomes a burden to our souls.” 12 likes
“For most of my life I have thought of grace as a hope of a bright tomorrow in spite of the darkness of today--and this is true. In this way we are all like Pamela, walking a road to grace--hoping for mercy. What we fail to realize is that grace is more than our destination, it is the journey itself, manifested in each breath and with each step we take. Grace surrounds us, whirls about us like the wind, falls on us like rain. Grace sustains us on our journeys, no matter how perilous they may be and, make no mistake, they are all perilous. We need not hope for grace, we merely need to open our eyes to its abundance. Grace is all around us, not just in the hopeful future but in the miracle of now.” 8 likes
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