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A Step of Faith (The Walk #4)

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Following the New York Times bestseller The Road to Grace, Richard Paul Evans’s hero Alan Christoffersen faces a life-changing crisis on his journey to grace.

After the death of his beloved wife, after the loss of his advertising business to his once-trusted partner, after bankruptcy forced him from his home, Alan Christoffersen is a broken man. Leaving everything he knows,
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2013)
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Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As with the previous 3 books in this series, this author gives insight into how much other people touch your life in some way, be it for the better or not so much the better, in life's journey to mold who you are and who you will choose to become along the way. Very much looking forward to the last book in this 5 book series and would highly recommend this easy-read series to all my Goodreads friends.
Colleen Lahey
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book four of the series. Still a solid story but not as exciting as the two prior ones. Two strange events did occur but for some reason they didn't impact me to the same degree as other events in the prior books. In any event, I am anxious to finish the series and only wish the author could write faster. You can't go wrong with a Richard Paul Evans novel. His prose seems effortless and you feel like you are 'walking' along with the character. I received the book on 5/7 and finished on 5/8.
May 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Alan Christoffersen began his walk from Seattle to Key West almost one year ago. Devastated by the death of his wife, the betrayal of his business partner, the loss of his business and his home he was contemplating suicide, but decided to walk instead. After collapsing at the side of the road at the “almost halfway point” of his walk, Alan discovers his recent bouts with vertigo are being caused by a brain tumor. Having to deal with yet another hospital stay, Alan decides to have the procedure d ...more
Jenn O'Brien
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just as good as the first three books in the series -- although I was a little distracted by the "side journeys". For me, my favorite part of the series is the actual traveling and this book seemed to be lacking that. But it thoroughly captivated me and I could not put down the book until I was finished. LOVED the last few paragraphs before the epilogue. Do we really have to wait an entire year for the next in the series?
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have read every book Richard Paul Evans has written. (this is not including his children's books) I love "The Walk" series. I am looking forward to the "conclusion"...that is coming out in May 2014. I think what I love most about all of his the diary entries that are usually VERY THOUGHT provoking! Some of my favorite QUOTES have come from Richard Paul Evans' books...
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
It was like reading a travel log. I am tired of Alan feeling sorry for himself. Some things he encountered in this book were too weird for me.
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Step of Faith is the fourth in The Walk series that began in 2010. It is preceded by The Walk (2010), Miles to Go (2011), and The Road to Grace (2012). While it is not strictly necessary to have read the first three in order to understand and enjoy A Step of Faith, I would strongly recommend it. The premise of The Walk series is that Alan Christoffersen, living in Seattle, had it all: his own advertising business, a lovely home, and a beautiful, loving wife, McKale who also happens to have bee ...more
May 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sorry, this was my least favorite of the "walk series." I found it rather boring where too much time was spent telling me what he ate for each meal. I really detested the part of the "cult" encounter that bordered on sci fi (perhaps alluding to Christian Scientist). It didn't flow with the story and had no purpose in my mind. I ended up skimming over El's (the cult leader)prophecies. The fact that Allen was obtuse about the obvious adoration of two women and the concern from his father made him ...more
Phyllis Wright
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This Walk series is definitely worth it and the wait between books! Not only do you get to follow Alan on his cross-country walk, you get to see him "grow up" as he goes with his various trials. I really enjoy this series!
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one seemed a little boring at times. But he met some interesting scary characters. And of course, Mr. Evans ended with one of his usual cliffhangers. Yay for me, I have the last book to read. So excited for the end of this journey.
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
I loved this book,even though I found out that I was reading book #4 of the Walk series, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It reminded me somewhat of Peter Jenkins' books about his walking across America, though this series is fiction. Here is a quote from the book that really hit home with me. "regret is a useless emotion: it's like brushing your teeth after you find a cavity".

Now, I will be going back and starting the series with book #1....duh! But then I was in the library and no access to Goodreads
Vannetta Chapman
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in this series.
With a subtle, religious subtext, the story keeps moving and the character has me reading these quickly!
May 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am so glad there is just one more book in this series. Seems like it could have been two books at most. Too much detail on what he ate, not enough substance to the book.
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
This is one of these stories that makes feel better, more comfortable, like hot bath or a long awaited nap. It gives sort of katharctic experience to the reader.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
Again I l8ved the story and again I can't wait to read tge final installment. It will be bittersweet when rjis Walk is finished. i don't want to see it end. I am attached to Alan, Nicole and Falene very much. I love tjis story and really can't tead it fast enough.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Eh, it was ok. Few strange parts, a girl picks him up and gives him a ride to a hotel where they share a room. Really?? What woman in her right mind would give a homeless guy a ride and then proceed to spend the night? Also the whole cult experience was a little strange.
Vicki Mohr
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the 4th installment in this series and it has been great. In the back of the book it says the next installment in May 2014...can't wait.
Bonnie Eldridge-labaff
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. I know I have read the book out of order but I truly enjoyed this book. Its amazing what one person can learn about themselves from adversity that one encounters on the journey of this thing we call life
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Walk Series, recounting one man’s walk across America: Seattle to Key West; death to despair; despair to hope; hope to assurance; assurance to a big fat hairy detour. “No matter how much I or the rest of humanity wishes otherwise, life is not lived in smooth, downhill expressways, but in the obscure, perilous trails and rocky back roads of life where we stumble and feel our way through the fog of the unknown. Life is not a sprint. It was never meant to be. It is just one step of faith after ...more
Pamela Ritchie
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Miccilina Piraino
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After re-reading the first 3 books and eagerly awaiting this one, I was not disappointed in the story, the characters or the journey. I felt as if I discovered more about myself by reading of Alan's walk. I felt at times as if the story was rushed and maybe needed more telling ( I just have a problem with a character saying, I won't write of that part of my journey, lol ), but it was a great story, at times making me really wonder how people do it, walk like that, I know that some do.

I have read
Christie Brumley
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will leave you with this quote from the book's main character
"For the third time since I began, my Walk has been delayed. In the beginning, I had considered these stops on my journey as interruptions-but I'm coming to understand that perhaps these detours are my journey. No matter how much I, or the rest of humanity wishes otherwise, life is not lived in smooth, downhill expressways , but in the obscure, perilous trails and rocky back roads of life where we stumble and feel our way through th
May 11, 2013 added it
Loved it! Not my favorite in the series so far, though. That would be the first two. This one had a few "non-walking" parts which were an interesting diversion, but seemed distracting to the journey. Also it seemed to zip right through several towns without telling a story about them. SPOILER ALERT: The part where he wanders into a cult I found to be disturbing and scary. I didn't like the tension I felt as I read through it. It was done well and again, interesting, but just not my cup of tea I ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
I feel like I've been on this journey with the main character Alan for several years now. Sorry, Alan but that's not a compliment. This being book 4 of the series, I felt that as the reader I would have some sense of conclusion and satisfaction. Richard Paul Evans seems to enjoy the idea of: "But wait! There's more!"

Though not a total loss, I did enjoy (and was somewhat surprised) at some of the events that transpired. However, in one particularly outrageous chapter I found myself rolling my ey
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am a big fan of Richard Evans' books and The Walk series have been superb. But this book along with book #3 started to question to where we're taking Alan in this journey. The details of how he selected his meals, to where he lodged was interesting in book one and two, but becomes quite redundant in book four. I was not a fan of the "cult" encounter; seemed a bit scii-fi for me and rather disturbing. Although I did like how it shows how important that gun is that was given to him by him father ...more
Elisabeth Holyday
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In his book, “A Step of Faith,” Author Paul Richard Evans, left his painful memories behind him and criss-crossed America on foot to see what was on the other side. Meeting with the locals as he journeyed through various States, experiencing the culture, tasting various dishes, and sharing historical events makes his book an enlightening and interesting read. I finished his book feeling like I went along with him for the road trip and learned so much that I can’t wait to get back on the road wit ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This novel did not disappoint.
Evans has a way of writing a lot of detail, that most authors could do but lose your attention, but he does so without making you bored.

It was great to continue Alan's journey across the US.

The added love interest was not too heavy. It added intrigue without stealing from the beauty of the novel. In fact, I'm interested to see where that goes.

My major complaint with this book is the fact that to finish the story I have to find the next book. I want to read it now
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good story with just the right amount of adventure, human connection, spirituality, and drama. Great writing skills. I read it for my book club, not especially excited to begin, but read the whole thing in a day once I began. It's the 4th book in a series, but no need to have read the previous ones to thoroughly enjoy this one. I will probably check out the 5th one, as we are left hanging off a cliff on the last page.
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like the books before it, I read this in a couple days. Easy read, but very interesting, and heartwarming too. My only hangup is I thought this was the last one! So now I have to wait for the last book to finally finish the journey. These books could easily be combined into two or maybe three books and it still bothers me that, for obviously marketing purposes, Evans spread them out into five. Oh well, I guess. They're still excellent.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I am glad that Alan Christoffersen is almost done with his walk!!! It has been a long journey. I am thankful for his steps of faith where he has shown us that a shattered world can emerge into the light. He is starting to emerge...I think. I hope I always remember that everyone has suffered more than I know. And to always have hope and faith in the future and love and live no matter where life takes me. Sometimes life's walks are LONG but don't give up and never stop dreaming!!!!
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