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Cross Walk Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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More than a travelog, Carol's story is also one of progression. At first, she and her spotter relied on a RV chase vehicle for their nightly lodging. After a while, Carol was impressed that they needed to trust God for their shelter, and they replaced the RV with a car. At first they were trusting God only for their own needs. By the time they reached a park in downtown Detroit, she began trusting God to supply the needs of the homeless living there, too (ie. size 14 shoes). She makes the incredible statement on p 162 (hardback edition) that they "never had to miss a meal on the faith walk." She started the journey an unathletic amputeed who doctors said would not be able to walk to the store on a protesis, much less the circumference of the U.S. She ended the journey able to walk a ten-mile day with ease, and do other phycical labor afterwards.
You might never be called to even walk around the block on your own two legs, but whatever your challenge, Carol's testimony is that Jesus Christ will help you meet your challenges, whatever they may be. That she was able to overcome seemingly impossible odds to meet her goal is as much proof of God's answer to prayer as you're likely to get in this world.
However this book does not engage this reader. It's more like a cross between a daily ledger and a social calendar ("I met so and so"). She rarely talks about the sights she must have seen: the awe, the majesty, to monotony. It's hollow. I never felt her growth (either as a person or Christian), her rapture, her joys, her triumphs, her frustrations.
I think she wold have done better giving the readers vivid snapshots and left the so-and-sos to her thank you section. I was tired just reading the book and I kept waiting for something wonderful to happen.
I think even fans of Christian Lit might feel there is something "missing" from an extraordinary journey!! I applaud her feat, it's truly amazing. But the book didn't "move" me and I felt as though it should have.