Blanket of Stars
An unlikely pilgrim battles agoraphobia to reclaim life beyond the sofa. The 800-kilometer journey along the Camino Frances provides a scenic backdrop to ponder midlife crisis and chronic illness, an empty nest and marital discord, military service and post traumatic stress, rage and grief, heartbreak and fear - And the way forward.
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"Honest, funny, and authentic, our peregrina (or pilgrim) bares all her scabs and scars: the road wounds of hiking across Spain, the ordinary struggles of a woman whose life is changing, and the real trauma in her past. But with every step, this is a hopeful story. She is a woman of action and has left the pity party at home on the couch. She opens her eyes to the beauty of nature and the history along her path, and her heart to the people who share her journey, receiving and giving kindness and more than a few laughs. She has slowed down (what choice does she have if she walks 500 miles?), and can clean and dress the old wounds so they can finally heal. With every step you cheer her on, believing that if she can manage to lug all the old baggage one more time, she just might be able to toss it into the sea at journey's end and walk-on through life lighter and freer. And, she just might inspire you to start your own pilgrimage, with or without the actual blisters." - Beth
"I have read many Camino books, and this is by far one of the best. The author seamlessly weaves her very personal story throughout her fun and sometimes challenging solo journey. Her writing skill takes this to a new level of 'Camino book'. It is at times a beautiful travel journal bringing you right on the trail with her, complete with some interesting history. You will laugh with her, you'll cheer her on, your heart will break for her as she pulls out all the stops to give you an honest, gritty account of her quest for personal growth along the Camino de Santiago." - A. Leslee
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Caleb has hiked the entire Camino Frances in the fall of 2016 and has done many wilderness hikes along the Appalachian Trail, Superior Hiking Trail, Machu Pichu, and other smaller week-long treks. After completing his journey on the French route, he wrote a book about his experience carrying a wooden cross the entire way.
Since writing his own book, he loves to read about others who have experienced their own beautiful journey.