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Walk with Me is a "Pilgrim's Progress" for married couples. In this allegorical tale, Peter and Celeste travel as one on the lifelong journey to the King's City. As it becomes more difficult than anticipated, their love for each other and their love for the King is challenged. They must decide whether to continue on the journey together or separate and travel the path alone.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802405932
ISBN-13: 9780802405937
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Peter and Celeste choose to travel as one on the lifelong journey to the King's City. They are blissfully in love and bound to each other by the Cords of Commitment. Shortly after visiting the Moon of Honey they discover that the journey proves much more difficult than they expected. When they find themselves laboring through the Swamp of Selfishness, crossing the dismal Plains of Distance, and nearly becoming separated by the River of Unfaithfulness, their love for each other and for the King is challenged. They must choose whether to continue on together, not knowing if they can be warmed again by the Kindling of Affection, or visit the Valley of Cut Cords to journey alone once more.

 

Inspired by the timeless classic Pilgrim's Progress, Annie Wald's Walk with Me exposes the journey of marriage as the epic passage that it is and the refining process it can become. 

 

Author Bio

ANNIE WALD is an author whose fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many publications and anthologies. A former publishing executive and editor, she now lives in Morocco where her husband is pastor of an international church. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.

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A fictional "Pilgrim's Progress for married couples," Walk with Me by Annie Wald is an inspired allegory written to show the pitfalls of life with a partner. The walk of a Christian is a dangerous one, filled with challenges and difficulties. Many times, a person chooses a companion to travel with, but having a partner brings its own challenges.

Celeste began her life in Slouching City, a town poor in spirit and in money, whereas Peter was born in Upright Village, a self-righteous town. When the two meet on their journey toward the King’s City, they think each other the perfect traveling companion. After a while, they decide to bind themselves to one another with the Cords of Commitment. After their visit to the Moon of Honey, it becomes apparent that their life together won’t always be holding hands and walking through fields of wildflowers. Peter soon becomes disenchanted with Celeste, as she does with him. She longs for romance, while Peter wishes his wife was more attractive and a better homemaker.

Nearly every difficulty a couple could go through is covered in this book. The couple journeys through the “burr patch of unkind words," the "sand dunes of folly," the "orchard of earthly delights,” “the swamp of selfishness," and the "crossroads of divorce." The book deals with pornography, temptations to cheat, rearing children, and even times when couples are not of the same mindset spiritually. Wald also covers the often-overlooked problem of women lusting over romance and "the grass is always greener" syndrome.

The most interesting part of the book deals with Celeste and Peter’s partnership. While the couple journeys through an especially rough part of road, Celeste's Cords of Commitment begin to chafe at her wrists as Peter walks on faster. They run into Respect, a guide along the trail who quotes to Celeste Ephesians 5:22: "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord." However, Respect goes on to explain that whereas they are co-heirs and equals, this does not mean they are the same. He says that being one, they should complement each other's weaknesses. "You are asked to defer to Peter's leadership when the two of you come to an impasse," Respect says.

The fictional allegory style makes this intensive "couples counseling" easy to follow and understand. The metaphors in the book make discussing problems like sexual relations outside of marriage, pornography, and lust over romance tactfully appropriate reading for its Christian audience. Due to the great amount of biblical references and research woven into the story, Wald has included 12 pages of her Scripture references and sources in the back.

The target audience for this book is obviously Christian married couples, although engaged or serious couples may enjoy reading and learning from Celeste and Peter’s relationship. I would recommend this book for anyone wishing to strengthen a relationship with God and with a spouse. - Katelyn S. Irons, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

"John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress became a timeless classic. Annie Wald's, Walk with Me deserves a spot on the same shelf. That's powerful praise for a debut book author, even though she has many anthologies and short stories to her credit. This amazing book of insightful wisdom belongs on every pastor's, counselor's married or engaged couple's bookshelf."

--Gail Welborn, Examiner.com, August 31, 2012.

"Walk with Me is at both times a mirror and a crystal ball. Not to mention the storytelling is superb."

-- Laura Boggess, The Wellspring, lauraboggess.com, October 26, 2012

"Most residents of Slouching City have forgotten the King of Love exists. One of the few who remember recently died leaving his guide to his beloved granddaughter Celeste, who begins reading the tome. Feeling uplifted by the book, Celeste seeks anything she can find on King and His Son the Servant.
 
Peter grew up in Upright Village where he and his family attended the weekly reading of the King's guidebook. He learned as a child to adhere to the King's rules though ironically his Peter's parents never traversed the path to the King's City.
 
Celeste and Peter meet and become a couple whose unity is as strong as the three strand bracelet cord tied around their wrists. Devotion reminds them this bracelet is as strong as their relationship is. The pair begins an odyssey to King's City passing through places like the Swamp of Selfishness, Meadows of Intimacy and the River of Unfaithfulness, etc.; at reach location their cord could be cut.
 
Applying John Bunyon's classic everyman allegorical Pilgrim's Progress, Annie Wald escorts readers on a journey for Married Couples through a metaphysically dangerous land filled with relationship distractors. The lead couple faces difficult challenges that place their love for one another in peril and their devotion to the King in danger from temptations. Readers will enjoy this engaging epic as a successful marriage is a long joint journey of the soul."

--Harriet Klausner, MBR Bookwatch

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    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Peter and Celeste choose to travel as one on the lifelong journey to the King's City. They are blissfully in love and bound to each other by the Cords of Commitment. Shortly after visiting the Moon of Honey they discover that the journey proves much more difficult than they expected. When they find themselves laboring through the Swamp of Selfishness, crossing the dismal Plains of Distance, and nearly becoming separated by the River of Unfaithfulness, their love for each other and for the King is challenged. They must choose whether to continue on together, not knowing if they can be warmed again by the Kindling of Affection, or visit the Valley of Cut Cords to journey alone once more.

    Inspired by the timeless classic Pilgrim's Progress, Annie Wald's Walk with Me exposes the journey of marriage as the epic passage that it is and the refining process it can become.

    My Review:

    A modern twist on an old classic, Walk With Me is Pilgrim's Progress re-imagined for couples. While I am not a fan of old favorites being changed, Wald paints a completely different story that only serves to add to Bunyan's work. An allegory, the writing doesn't flow like a normal novel would. Peter and Celeste are a couple that have every good intention in the world - but good intentions and reality are never the same thing.

    For me, what makes the book so fascinating and enchanting, is how Wald makes the connection between marriage and the Christian life. It is creative, imaginative, and filled with timeless truths. Marriage is a journey, not a destination. We can't "arrive" and proclaim ourselves accomplished. The language of this novel reads easily despite the style, and I highly recommend it to anyone; married or not. Very insightful and a resource that goes a long way in understanding marriage.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  2. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 7, 2014
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
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    Peter and Celeste choose to travel as one on the lifelong journey to the King's City. They are blissfully in love and bound to each other by the Cords of Commitment. Shortly after visiting the Moon of Honey they discover that the journey proves much more difficult than they expected. When they find themselves laboring through the Swamp of Selfishness, crossing the dismal Plains of Distance, and nearly becoming separated by the River of Unfaithfulness, their love for each other and for the King is challenged. They must choose whether to continue on together, not knowing if they can be warmed again by the Kindling of Affection, or visit the Valley of Cut Cords to journey alone once more.

    Inspired by the timeless classic Pilgrim's Progress, Annie Wald's Walk with Me exposes the journey of marriage as the epic passage that it is and the refining process it can become.

    My Review:

    A modern twist on an old classic, Walk With Me is Pilgrim's Progress re-imagined for couples. While I am not a fan of old favorites being changed, Wald paints a completely different story that only serves to add to Bunyan's work. An allegory, the writing doesn't flow like a normal novel would. Peter and Celeste are a couple that have every good intention in the world - but good intentions and reality are never the same thing.

    For me, what makes the book so fascinating and enchanting, is how Wald makes the connection between marriage and the Christian life. It is creative, imaginative, and filled with timeless truths. Marriage is a journey, not a destination. We can't "arrive" and proclaim ourselves accomplished. The language of this novel reads easily despite the style, and I highly recommend it to anyone; married or not. Very insightful and a resource that goes a long way in understanding marriage.

    This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Wendy
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    similar challenges for singles
    November 7, 2012
    Wendy
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    Age: 55-65
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    I was warned that the book Walk with Me was the journey of a married couple, but as a single person, I found it very insightful. I could identify many similar experiences from my own life and from the observation of couples around me. As well as walking with a significant other, we want to walk with God and the challenge is to stay close.

    The temptation is to settle for the mediocre - little rooms with a tiny view of the Holy City when we can be walking free on the way there. That's one image I will always remember from the story. The other image is the very difficult challenge it was to step on the 'bridge of repentance'.

    Another recommendation - I couldn't put it down until I had finished reading. Something I normally reserve for detective novels!
  4. Kay Monroe
    Telford, PA
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    A must read book
    October 23, 2012
    Kay Monroe
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    A wonderful allegory. Would put in my top 3 for all time. This book puts me at a loss for words. Every marriage can grow by reading it. Thought provoking and an enjoyable read. A fun adventure.
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    A Journey Of Adventure In Marriage
    September 18, 2012
    VicsMediaRoom
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    Age: 55-65
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Annie Wald in her new book, "Walk With Me" published by River North Fiction Division of Moody Publishers gives us Pilgrim's Progress for Married Couples.

    From the Back Cover: Journey of faith_taken together

    Peter and Celeste choose to travel as one on the lifelong journey to the King's City but it proves much more difficult than they expected, and their love for each other and for the King is challenged. They must choose whether to continue on together, not knowing if they can be warmed again by the Kindling of Affection, or visit the Valley of Cut Cords to journey alone once more.

    Inspired by the timeless classic Pilgrim's Progress, Annie Wald's Walk with Me exposes the journey of marriage as the epic passage that it is and the refining process it can become.

    Let's face it being married is not easy. It is a daily experience filled with all kinds of new experiences, some good, some not so good and being married does not come with an owner's manual. Annie Wald has taken "Pilgrim's Progress" and re-imagined it as an allegory for the walk that married couples take. "Walk With Me" is a beautiful story of Peter and Celeste and their journey to the King's City. This is a journey they take until death parts them and along the way they encounter all kinds of challenges. In between this couple also finds periods of rest, times of refreshing, relaxation, and a rekindling of the old flame. Let me assure you that this is an exciting book. "Walk With Me" is a wonderful romance. If you are married then this book is for you. If you are thinking of getting married then this book is for you. If you have friends that are getting married then give this book as a gift. If you have friends that are married then give this book as a gift. It is that good. You will be blessed and they will thank you for it. I liked this book and recommend it highly!

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Wynn-Wynn Media for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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