"My name is Alice Ringwald, but the man who kidnapped me says that's a lie."
Thirteen-year-old orphan Alice Ringwald has no memory beyond six months ago. The only life she knows is the new one she's creating one day at a time with the loving couple that recently adopted her and gave her new hope. That hope, however, is shattered one night when she is abducted by a strange man. In a frantic FBI man hunt, the kidnapper vanished with Alice. So begins Water Walker, a modern-day parable that examines the staggering power of forgiveness, and reminds us that it's possible to live free of the hurt that keeps our souls in chains.
©2014 Ted Dekker (P)2014 Ted Dekker
I was shocked and haunted by the child abuse that took place all through the book.
Not sure, altho I have previously listened to many of his books.
I kept waiting for a happy moment, for a break in the sad cruelty, but it never came until late in the book. I am still haunted by the child abuse and twisting of Christianity. I know the characters were not true followers of the loving Christ because of their actions, but others may not be able to make the distinction. The ending did not make it clear to me.
I could not recommend this book.
I liked 30 AD, A child called Blessed and a Man called Blessed. But the cult like heavy twisting of scripture and continual emotional abuse in this book was TOO much for me. I couldn't wait for it to be over. No need to go on and on with the heavy dose of what living in a cult is like. Not a pleasurable read at all. Too upsetting.
I have enjoyed other Ted Dekker books in the past.
It was disturbing to hear God's word twisted in such a untruthful way. The premise/ideals of this "community" was based on the absolute anthesis of God's character.
Not a fan
Yes, although I would warn anyone I recommended this to that there is a religious component. If they have a problem with that, I would add that it isn't an "in your face, become a Christian" kind of thing and that the writing quality is good enough that they really should try it. I am a Christian myself but I normally cannot stomach most Christian authors. They usually aren't stand-out writers and they usually make faith too simplistic. Ted Dekker is a good writer, up there with well known secular writers, at least, judging from this book.
Eden - she was and still is fascinating. I want to understand more of her background.
Ms Larson's narration was unusual but fit the book very well.
Water Walker seems to me the best title.
I listened to this because a friend's recommendation - she mistakenly told me that it was the first of the series, when it was actually the second. I plan to read or listen to the first one (Eyes Wide Open) next and I hope some things will become more clear - although I suspect this is a mysterious kind of book, anyway - a mixture of realism and faith (not that faith isn't real, too, imo, but I'm sure you understand what I mean).
Yes, I would highly recommend it. The collage of colliding personalities is intriguing.
My first impression was that of looney-tune characters who had stepped out of the realm of reality and into a cult. I kept waiting on one of them to come apart at the seams and chop someone's head off, so it made my nerves feel like a stretched band of elastic that would snap at any time.
Randi blended from character to character without missing a step. Voice inflections were constant and perfect. The almost monotone voice of the mother was unnerving and added to the tension. Well done!
I'd call it -- A Step of Faith -- and would keep the scenario of the boat on water and stepping out of it, etc. I didn't particularly like the title. To be honest, I only bought the book because I heard a Walmart employee say she was reading it and it was such high tension that she didn't want to read it late at night.
As a writing tutor, I enjoyed studying the protagonist's inner conflict. At times, it stretched believability, but people who fall into cults do show that type of behavior, which is what saved the day.
After the father takes the girl home, he pretty much drops out of the picture. If he had been more involved, I think it would have added more balance to the story.
The reader never knows why or how Zeke came to hold such a high position of power. A little more background in that area would have helped the setting. Also, I kept wondering HOW he found the girl. The unanswered questions gave me an incomplete feeling.
This author is an excellent writer. His stories are often off the beaten path with conclusions which are not obvious from the beginning and therefore they keep my interest until the last page. I have a deference however with characters who use supernatural means to make contact with their counter parts. In my environment there is a battle raging in the spiritual realm in which people are heavily into Wicca and such. I think many people, including Christians, who are seeking "guidance" are not spiritually equipped to discern good and evil in such an environment. As for me I live and survive by God's grace alone. The story itself is an excellent portrayal of forgiveness and of how someone can twist God's word to their advantage.
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