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Walking from East to West Audiobook

Walking from East to West: God in the Shadows

This is a story about an amazing man. Yet it is also everyone's story about belief - how it begins, how it grows, and the struggles associated with it. Walking from East to West is a heartfelt personal story of one man's discovery that God is the author of our destinies, no matter how dark the shadows that hide the light.
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Publisher's Summary

"Outside were stray animals and people, each about some pursuit. Sometimes it was a beggar at the door, sometimes a leprous hand reaching for a handout with a plea for compassion. Life with all its hurts and pains squinted at you, squatted before you, and stared you down daily. This was the street where I grew up."

Ravi Zacharias has lived an extraordinary life. He has walked with great leaders, slept in the villages and homes of the poor, and crossed continents to bring the good news of the gospel to the world. Already a man of two worlds by the time he was 20, Ravi never dreamed that God would lead him from his birth home in India to Canada and the United States, and eventually to a platform on the world stage.

For 33 years he has spoken all over the world. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president's cabinet and parliament in Peru, and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. He has given the keynote address at the National Day of Prayer in Washington, DC, and has spoken twice at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York.

Walking from East to West is Ravi's life story, a deeply personal journey into his past. Dr. Zacharias invites you back to the southern India of his early childhood, and into his troubled youth in the sophisticated capital city of Delhi. He recalls the importance of a mother's love and his difficult relationship with his father. He tells about his long search for truth in wrestling with Eastern thought and the newer ideas of Christianity, the cry for help in a dark moment when he tried to take his own life - and the dramatic turning point that led to a life lived for Christ. Zacharias recalls his early days as a new convert, what it was like to find a new life in the Western world, and the eventual birth and growth of a worldwide ministry.

©2009 Ravi Zacharias (P)2011 Zondervan

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    Bryce Williams, AZ, United States 02-16-12
    Bryce Williams, AZ, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Life Changing Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Walking from East to West the most enjoyable?

    The story of Ravi Zacharias' is awe insprieing. It is a story of a man whose life was radically changed and prepared to preach and teach the Gosple all over the world. His focus is on the salvation that comes through Christ not on the strengths of his own efforts or desires.


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would have liked to hear it from Ravi himself but Simon Vance actually did an amazing job and it was easy to just sit down and listen to his voice.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lionel Letcher Frankston 02-17-16
    Lionel Letcher Frankston 02-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspiring"

    True to Ravi Zacharias' brilliant style of communication, this memoir connects the little (and large), life incidents, showing that nothing is ever a coincidence. One of the most encouraging books I have read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tory 12-19-15
    Tory 12-19-15
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    "The Story of a True Hero of the Faith"

    I hold Ravi Zacharias in as high regard as I do anyone. He speaks the truth in love and models grace and truth. This book is the story of his life and it truly shows what God can and will do with a willing vessel. I highly recommend this book and anything by Ravi and his ministry RZIM. Luke Pearson Shreveport, La.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. Michals 05-17-16
    A. Michals 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspiring"

    This was a great book. I actually stumbled upon based on the author. while it was an autobiography, there was also an element of encouragement to grow in your own faith with God.

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    Matt Smith 05-06-16
    Matt Smith 05-06-16
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I am thoroughly enjoying this book. It is very interesting and holds my attention very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Pski 04-30-16
    Debbie Pski 04-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Moving biography of a brilliant man"

    From East to West is poignant and thoughtfully written. I've always loved Ravi's messages. Hearing the personal story behind the man causes me to value them even more. God is truly always "working in the shadows".

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    Daniel J. Isadore 04-17-16
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    "A True Story that Read Like a Great Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Walking from East to West to be better than the print version?

    I purchased the Whispersync version, which was Kindle and Audible combined. I would recommend it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ravi has a remarkable story. You not only grow to know him but also his mother, father, siblings and friends.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    (spoiler) The scene where he is in the hospital after trying to commit suicide, and the Youth for Christ worker comes in, gives Ravi's mother a Bible, and points to John 14:19. Powerful stuff.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "None of your life will be wasted."


    Any additional comments?

    Just a terrific listen. I was worried that the book would lose something because Ravi wasn't reading it, but Simon Vance did a spectacular job. Finished this book in 3 days, which is a fast listen for me.

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    Raymond 03-23-16
    Raymond 03-23-16
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    "Amazing journey of life"

    The experiences are very encouraging and see how God is in control and use a man when he surrenders his life completely. Simon narration was as if Ravi was speaking, onlly when he reads indian names and places we can see the difference.

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    Talita A. 03-18-16
    Talita A. 03-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story. Well narrated."

    I loved the story if Ravi. This book was enlightening and challenging. I definitely recommend it!

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    Elli Culligan 01-05-16
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    "loved it!"

    amazing insight into the life of an amazing man. thank you for helping me move forward in my understanding and resolve. love the skillful way Ravi questions questions posed . now...to listen to the audio again .

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  • William
    Castlewellan, United Kingdom
    7/21/11
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    "One of my better purchases!"

    An extremely interesting biography of the Christian apologist and teacher. I had heard his name but knew little about him and after listening to the excerpt thought it sounded interesting. It was much better than I expected, both in all he had to say about his life growing up in India and all that happened to him in North America. It was full of human interest, and once I started listened I could not stop. The Simon Vance reads well, and just faded into the background.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Farnborough, United Kingdom
    6/24/11
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    "Fascinating autobiography"

    I found this autobiography fascinating and at times moving. Ravi has certainly had a very interesting life, and I particularly like the way he traces God's hand throughout it, and gives Him the glory for what he has achieved. He has many humorous but also touching anecdotes to tell, from his youth in India to the many interesting encounters and experiences he has had all over the world as part of his ministry. The book is read very well by Simon Vance, and I would thoroughly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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