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Water Walker | [Ted Dekker]

Water Walker

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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

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    Nancy Reeves 06-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "This stiory was a bit too cruel and abusive"
    What did you like best about Water Walker? What did you like least?

    I was shocked and haunted by the child abuse that took place all through the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ted Dekker again?

    Not sure, altho I have previously listened to many of his books.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 10-15-14
    Anonymous 10-15-14
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    "Disturbingly weird"
    Would you try another book from Ted Dekker and/or Randi Larson?

    I have enjoyed other Ted Dekker books in the past.


    What was most disappointing about Ted Dekker’s story?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Randi Larson’s performance?

    Not a fan


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LadyLindi AZ, USA 07-18-14
    LadyLindi AZ, USA 07-18-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Different"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eden - she was and still is fascinating. I want to understand more of her background.


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

    Ms Larson's narration was unusual but fit the book very well.


    If you could rename Water Walker, what would you call it?

    Water Walker seems to me the best title.


    Any additional comments?

    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Owen USA 05-15-14
    Deborah Owen USA 05-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Ted Dekker takes a leap into the unusual..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would highly recommend it. The collage of colliding personalities is intriguing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Randi Larson’s performance did you like?

    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!


    If you could rename Water Walker, what would you call it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    W. Modesto, CA, United States 04-09-14
    W. Modesto, CA, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2009
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    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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