Synopses & Reviews
Engage for a time in a fresh yet familiar story—one of pleasure, pain, healing, and divinely inspired love.
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.
Annie Wald reminds us that a wedding is more of a journey than an event; and that marriage is more of a story than a to-do list. There is no map, but 'Walk with me' is a creative guide.”
-John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and author of Who Is This Man?
Annie has given couples a glimpse of hope with an amazing story through Walk with Me! Using Pilgrims Progress as a foundation for her story was the perfect plan. Every couple should read this book to get a different perspective of what it takes to succeed in marriage through the power of the Holy Spirit!
-Dr. Gary Smalley, author of the DNA of Relationships
In marriage, "e;two become one flesh"e; and travel together on a journey full of great troubles and joys. Wald's allegory provides Pilgrim's-Progress realism about how daunting the troubles and ultimately joyous the journey when two lovers set out in faith for the King's city.
-Harold Myra, author and former CEO of Christianity Today International.
Annie Wald has written a classic. It’s a classic not just because Annie is a skilled writer, but because she will touch the depth of your soul. She really gets love. Not everyone does. Annie does this by combining two genres—a marriage book and an allegorical pilgrimage—that no one has combined before. It works beautifully because marriage is a pilgrimage; in fact, all long-term love is a pilgrimage. The allegory form allows Annie to say hard things about love easily and lightly, allowing her to get in close to your heart and do surgery before you know it is happening. It is an excellent book. I teared up several times in the last twenty pages.
-Paul Miller, author of A Praying Life and Love Walked Among Us.
Walk with Me lights up married life in fresh ways, on virtually every page. Its insights are simultaneously fascinating, instructive, encouraging, sobering and transforming. And all of this comes in the form of a story that reads like a good mystery novel; you can’t put it down! Above all, Annie Wald shapes her compelling allegory around the singular passion that assures fulfillment for any couple: the King’s Highlands, the King’s City – the King, Jesus. Ultimately, Walk with Me is about for Whom and to Whom we’re walking together. That’s why it overflows with great hope for anyone seeking God’s best for their marriage.
-David Bryant, founder, Proclaim Hope!; author, Christ is ALL!
Walk with Me is the kind of story that hits to the heart of every couple's journey toward healing and restoration! We will make this a must read for every couple before they come to our Smalley Intensive program!
-Michael and Amy Smalley, founders of SmalleyCenter.com
Broken marriages mean broken families which mean broken societies. Is there any hope? Annie Wald’s book, 'Walk with Me', illustrates in a meaningful way that there is hope by helping us understand that marriage is not a onetime event, but a pilgrimage. Using the allegory of 'Pilgrim’s Progress' is a unique way of instructing all of us, newlyweds and older couples, that the pilgrimage of marriage really only has meaning when God’s love in Christ is made the central object of our walk together. This book will help not only newlyweds, but all who truly strive to make their marriage a pilgrimage of joy and peace, as we walk together!
-Denton Lotz, General Secretary emeritus, Baptist World Alliance, and Janice Lotz, hospital chaplain
In this new version of Pilgrim's Progress for couples, Peter and Celeste become partners that are confident of their love for the King and for each other. But the couple soon discovers their journey together is much more difficult than they expected as they turn away from the Mountains of Maturity.
During the journey, they struggle through the Sand Dunes of Folly and the Swamp of Selfishness. Along the way, they learn many lessons before reaching the Highlands and the Healing Springs.
About the Author
ANNIE WALD is a writer whose fiction and nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications such as Guideposts, Image, and Leadership. Her short stories have also been included in the anthology series, Not Safe But Good, edited by Bret Lott and published by Thomas Nelson. Before writing full-time, she worked in book publishing as an acquisitions editor and was Editor-in-Chief at Princeton University Press. She currently lives in Morocco where her husband is the pastor of Rabat International Church. They have two married daughters and four delightful grandchildren.
Table of Contents
Chapter I. On The King’s Way
Chapter II. Out Of The Great Garden
Chapter III. Among The Mountains Of Maturity
Chapter IV. Across The Swamp Of Selfishness
Chapter V. Under The Disillusioning Sun
Chapter VI. In The Orchard Of Earthly
Chapter VII. Along Revenge Chasm
Chapter VIII. Through The Darkest Night
Chapter IX. Up To The Highlands