Saturday, September 29, 2012

Walk with Me



Title:  Walk with Me:  A Pilgrims Progress for Married Couples
Author:  Annie Wald                                                                                                                        
Pages:  288
Year:  2012
Publisher:  River North
      Walk with Me, an allegory, is a truly refreshing novel that is appropriate for those preparing for marriage and those married.  It is also beneficial if both husband and wife read it to see what speaks to them.  As a wife of 24 years and counting, this allegory at times reminded me of some of the seasons we have gone through as a couple.  It would be good for pre-marital counseling for couples so they can in story form catch a glimpse of different marital seasons.  Plus the couple can reread it through their years of marriage and be reminded as well as counseled in story form.  Also, it would be good for a couples study group so couples can share their experiences.  It would serve as a way to access their hearts, maybe helping them to share their joys and sorrows.
     The allegory follows one couple from before they meet, then as they travel the various routes in their journey to the King’s City.  The couple meets their families on different parts of their journey and shows how they are influencing the couples’ choices or decisions.  During their travels, Peter and Celeste must face their own strengths, weaknesses, and choices.  Throughout the story, Scripture is shared in a variety of forms that captures the traveler’s attention and touches the heart.  While traveling, they meet different characters that give both helpful and harmful instruction.  The choice though as to whether to follow the instruction is always with Peter and Celeste.
      Beginning the journey is shown by how one comes from Slouching City, the other Upright Village.  Throughout their marriage, as is real today, their views and choices are usually based on their upbringing, showing both the similarities that may exist and the differences.  The marital journey they take has many scenes with many different characters.  The other part of this allegorical story is how one partner affects the other partner by the choices they make, remarks made, behavior shown, and more.  How realistic this is from my point of view as I read this.  What made it realistic for me were the memories it stirred.  Another way was the points in the story where I felt convicted, prayed to change, and where seeing an experience through Peter’s perspective helped me to understand how we don’t all see with the same eyes or viewpoint.  One way the allegory touched me was to know the areas where I could put into words what my heart felt, and the allegory expressed it so well.
      I cannot encourage you enough to grab a copy or copies to read, keep in your personal library or to give away.  Maybe you might be able to touch the hearts of those around you by giving them a copy of this as a present?  Of course, no allegory or story can cover any one couples’ lifetime of experiences, heart, thoughts or lessons learned, but this was close.
     My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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