Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he is walking from Seattle to Key West, the... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, has left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he is walking from Seattle to Key West, the farthest destination on his map.
Now almost halfway through his trek, Alan sets out to walk the nearly 1,000 miles between South Dakota and St. Louis, but it’s the people he meets along the way who give the journey its true meaning: a mysterious woman who follows Alan’s walk for close to a hundred miles, the ghost hunter searching graveyards for his wife, and the elderly Polish man who gives Alan a ride and shares a story that Alan will never forget.
“The things we do to others become our world. To the thief, everyone in the world is a thief. To the cheater, everyone is thinking to cheat him.”Leszek
“How can you live your life when you have given it to a betrayer and a thief?”Leszek
“My friend, we chain ourselves to what we do not forgive. So let me say again your question. Should a Holocaust survivor chain himself forever to Hitler and crimes? Or should he forgive and be free?”Leszek
“You can always trust a man wearing a John Deere cap.”Alan Christofferson
“And as far as the world being fair or good, the question that baffles me most isn't why bad things happen. In a world like this, I would expect that. What I can't comprehend is why good things happen. Why is there love? Why is there beauty? Why did I love my wife so much? And why did she love me? That's what baffles me. That's what I can't explain.”Alan Christofferson
“What we fail to realize is that grace is more than our destination, it is the journey itself, manifested in each breath and with each step we take. Grace surrounds us, whirls about us like the wind, falls on us like rain. Grace sustains us on our journeys, no matter how perilous they may be and, make no mistake, they are all perilous. We need not hope for grace, we merely need to open our eyes to its abundance.”Alan Christofferson
“...that to not extend forgiveness is to burn the bridge that we ourselves must cross.”Alan Christofferson
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