ISBN 978 0863194887
Walking is a hugely popular pursuit; it is one of the things that has grew in popularity during and beyond the pandemic. Combining walking and spiritual pilgrimage has always been part of the Christian story. Hardly surprising when Jesus says to us: “Follow me!”
This is a beautifully written and informative book. It tells the story of the author’s experiences walking the Camino de Santiago. The stories of fellow walkers are woven in throughout and in a bonus section at the end. Reading this really brought alive the sights, sounds and smells of the journey. The book also includes five appendices that are crammed full of invaluable practical advice on how to go about planning such a pilgrimage.
Yet here is the odd thing: the author does not profess to have a definite Christian faith, nor do most of her fellow travellers. It poses the question: what is the magnet that draws hundreds of walkers to take similar journeys each year, and what might the Church do to help them to join the dots and begin to find their walk more like an Emmaus Road journey with Jesus?
John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia.