Walking on Water
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 embarked on a daring cross-country journey—a walk across America, from Seattle to Key West, with only the pack on his back. Through it all he learned life-changing lessons about love, forgiveness, and most of all, hope.
Now Alan must again return west to face yet another crisis, one that threatens to upend his world just as he had begun to heal from so much loss, leaving him unsure of whether he can reach the end his journey. 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.
Walking on Water is a beautiful story of one man’s search for a new beginning, of “humorous moments, heartwarming moments, moments of self-discovery, and moments of profound wisdom” (Deseret Morning News).
Reading Group Guide
Richard Paul Evans’s fifth and final novel about Alan Christoffersen and his epic cross-country adventure picks up directly after the dramatic events of A Step of Faith. Following the death of his beloved wife and loss of the advertising business he founded, Alan sets out on foot, planning to walk from Seattle to Key West while he attempts to comprehend what has happened to his once idyllic life. Now his journey is nearly complete, despite the numerous obstacles he has faced along the way. Or is it? A life-and-death family matter prompts Alan to take a detour to his childhood home in California. Once there, Alan uncovers shocking secrets about his family’s history, and must gather all his strength and newfound knowledge to finally face the truth about himself.
Topics & Questions for Discussion
1. How does the T. S. Eliot poem used as an epigraph set the tone of the novel? With the knowledge that this is the final book in Evans’s series, what were your hopes and expectations for the conclusion of Alan’s sto see more