The Road to Grace by Richard Paul Evans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am a big fan of Richard Paul Evans' stories. They are clean, realistic and heartwarming books that can be read in a few hours, and The Walk Series definitely fits this description. Book #3 continues Alan Christoffersen's journey walking across the United States as his way of dealing with the loss of his wife and everything he owned in Seattle.
My favorite part of The Road to Grace was the wonderful message about forgiveness. There were several quote-worthy parts in the book, and this was one of my favorites:
“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.”
It's so sad that most of us carry around extra burdens that are dragging us down when we have the power to be free from them. Such a great idea to ponder.
Alan's journey was a bit slow in this book. Of course, walking across the U.S. would be extremely slow, but it didn't seem like he met as many people along the way as he did in the other books. There were quite a few details about the small towns he walked through, and a lot of this book did read more like a journal than a novel. I'd give the thoughts on forgiveness and grace five stars, and the rest of the story three stars.