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Product Details

  • Series: The Walk
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451628188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451628180
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“There's no doubt Evans knows how to keep the pages turning. A cliff-hanger ending ups the stakes, putting Alan's journey in jeopardy and ensuring readers will come back for the fourth outing. There's no stopping now.”—Booklist


“A fast and pleasurable read with plenty of local color and enough sentiment to evoke a tear or two.”Kirkus

“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

About the Author

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 the 1998 American Mothers Book Award, two first place Storytelling World Awards for his children’s books, the 2010 German Leserpreis Gold Award for Romance, and the 2005 Romantic Times Best Women Novel of the Year Award. Evans received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award for his work helping abused children. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children.

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Richard Paul Evans
When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author.

Officially, he was an advertising executive, an award-winning clay animator for the American and Japanese markets, candidate for state legislature and most importantly, husband and father. The Christmas Box was written as an expression of love for his (then) two daughters. Though he often told them how much he loved them, he wanted to express his love in a way that would be timeless. In 1993, Evans reproduced 20 copies of the final story and gave them to his closest relatives and friends as Christmas presents. In the month following, those 20 copies were passed around more than 160 times, and soon word spread so widely that bookstores began calling his home with orders for it.

His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. The Emmy award-winning CBS television movie based on The Christmas Box starred Maureen O'Hara and Richard Thomas. Two more of Evans's books were produced by Hallmark and starred such well-known actors as James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Naomi Watts, Mary McDonough and Academy award winner Ellen Burstyn. He has since written 10 consecutive New York Times bestsellers and is one of the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. He has won three awards for his children's books including the 1998 American Mothers book award and two first place Storytelling World awards. Evans's latest book, The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth, is now available.

Of his success, Evans says: "The material achievements of The Christmas Box will never convey its true success, the lives it has changed, the families brought closer together, the mothers and fathers who suddenly understand the pricelessness of their children's fleeting childhood. I share the message of this book with you in hopes that in some way, you might be, as I was, enlightened."

During the Spring of 1997, Evans founded The Christmas Box House International, an organization devoted to building shelters and providing services for abused and neglected children. Such shelters are operational in Moab, Vernal, Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah and Lucre, Peru. To date, more than 16,000 children have been housed in Christmas Box House facilities.

As an acclaimed speaker, Evans has shared the podium with such notable personalities as President George W. Bush, President George and Barbara Bush, former British Prime Minister John Majors, Ron Howard, Elizabeth Dole, Deepak Chopra, Steve Allen, and Bob Hope. Evans has been featured on the Today show and Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, and Family Circle. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children.

Customer Reviews

Very well written and the story was beautiful!
Michelle L. Vega
Most importantly though it is the people that Alan meets along the way, that will lead him to the road of Grace.
Daisy
I read the last book in two days....just could not wait to finish it.
Letha

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DGlad on May 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was my favorite of the 3 in The Walk series. I liked reading about the history along Alan's route and it was fun to read how the author "wove" it into the story. This book was fun to read, informational and as always, a meaningful message of hope. I loved "The Road to Grace."
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By HolidayGirl on May 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This story was much more in depth about what the character has been going thru. The book was absolutely wonderful, I can't wait till the next book! My favorite story was of the Polish man. I can't explain enough why I loved this book...I liked how other characters were still brought up and had contact with Alan.

Wonderful book!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By James Andrews on May 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Walking. Passing by scenery, meeting strangers, interacting in loving ways and in painful ways. This is the spiritual journey of a man who lost it all, and decided to take the "next step." Instead of curling up and wilting from grief, he strides forth into life to encounter something new. And he finds a great deal.

This account, while fictional, can be inspiring to all. If we allow the message of the book to penetrate us -- that there's more to life than the limiting place we find ourselves in, with all its painful memories -- we can discover a new aspect to our experiences. This is the serendipity that we encounter when we say yes to change and to movement. When we say yes to our spiritual journey, we avoid stagnation and fragmentation.

This book is highly recommended for fans of road stories, and especially for those who are interested in the metaphor of travel applied to the spiritual journey. And if you like this one, you'll love I Walked to the Moon and Almost Everybody Waved: The Curiously Inspiring Adventures of a Free Spirit Who Changed Lives.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on May 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Not quite halfway through his journey to walk from Seattle to Key West, Alan Christoffersen departs Custer, South Dakota, searching for the "hope that life might still be worth living and for the grace to accept" what he must live without.

The beginning of the leg of his journey from South Dakota to St. Louis does not start off well. A desperate woman doggedly follows him for more than 100 miles. She trails behind and shows up at every stop along the way, pleading to talk with him. But Alan does not want to listen to anything she has to say. The lady refuses to give up, even if it means she will die from dehydration or exhaustion. Through his encounter with her, Alan gains insight into how resentment can burden the soul.

As Alan continues his journey from Mount Rushmore, to Sturgis, to the Badlands and beyond, bouts of debilitating dizziness delay his progress. An elderly Jewish Polish man comes to his aid and teaches him an unforgettable lesson about freedom and the power of forgiveness.

Passing through Nebraska and Iowa, Alan reflects on the timelessness of that region's contributions to the "American cultural pot." In St. Joseph, Missouri, he is struck by the city's beautiful architecture and takes a break to soak up the atmosphere of what was the starting point of the Pony Express and the end of the line for Jesse James.

Continuing through Missouri along U.S. Route 36, Alan confirms his theory that small towns are incubators for some of the world's greatest people and ideas. He is impressed by the list of famous Americans who changed the world and whose roots began along that small stretch of American highway. Traveling from Hannibal to St. Louis, Alan's trip takes a turn for the worse. By story's end, his health and journey are uncertain.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Carol on May 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This third book of the Walk Series is the best book on forgiveness I've ever read. Best book Richard has written. I couldn't put it down. My 95 year old neighbor borrowed it and she is in love with my Richard. She said she would never read another trashy book after reading Richard Paul Evans. I totally agree. His writing makes you wonder how he ever thought of that. Where did he get all this knowledge? Yet it reads on my level. I never have to repeat a sentence with Richard. It's clear the first time. He is my all time favorite author. A clean-cut, moral, family man.
They don't come any better. Get busy Richard, I want another book to read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M.Fields on June 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book on forgiveness I have read in a very long time. Richard Paul Evans works his usual magic and morality tale with a heartfelt story that takes you on a journey of discovery with the main character as he walks from one end of the country to the other.
I felt as though I were in Alan's shoes, experiencing the sorrow, wonder and transformation as each new character came into the story and impacted his life. I enjoyed reading about the history of different towns and found myself wishing I were there walking with Alan on his journey, experiencing the different places he stayed, the food he ate and the amazing people he met.
I am a huge fan of Richard Paul Evan's inspirational books and this one does not disappoint! Being the ardent book reader that I am, even I could not predict the wonderful surprise ending.
I give the book four out of five stars because it was TOO SHORT!! Now I'm going to have to wait an entire year for the next installment. Richard Paul Evans truly has a gift. His books do everything a good story should. They take you on an intensely emotional journey and impart timeless truths in an unforgettable way.
If you want to join Alan on his amazing journey through the America and her people this is the book for you.
This is for all of my blog followers, if you have never read anything by Richard Paul Evans you are missing a treat! This is book three in The Walk series; make sure you read all three in the series.
I was given a copy of this book by Simon & Schuster.
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