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I'm Off Then

Overweight, overworked, and physically unfit, Kerkeling was an unlikely candidate to make the arduous pilgrimage across the French Alps to the Spanish Shrine of St. James, a 1,200-year-old journey undertaken by nearly 100,000 people every year. But that didn’t stop him from getting off the couch and walking. Along the way, lonely and searching for meaning, he began the journal that turned into this utterly frank, engaging book. Simply by struggling with his physical limitations and the rigors of long-distance walking, he discovered a deep sense of peace that transformed his life and allowed him to forgive himself, and others, more readily. He learned something every day, and he took to finishing each entry with his daily lessons.

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"As I am getting ready to do my own camino in May, I started to read various accounts of the Camino. This book is so far my favorite!! He is funny, thoughtful, spiritual, and kind. I just loved every chapter of this book and LOL'd many times! I loved reading about his high and low points and how honest and raw he was about the various ups and downs he went through. I could picture so well all of the funny and not so funny moments. His tender heart for the dogs he met was also touching! I definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting a mixture of light hearted and spiritual to model in their own walk." - Sean

"Kerkeling wrote a fabulous account of his adventure on the Camino! It was recommended by a social media site on a thread of those sharing books, some who have walked and some like me, who will walk. I was looking for humor, a bit of geography and something to keep me inspired until everything opens up again after COVID19. Kerkeling kept my attention, laughing and hoping he would eventually work his way past his hangups. He did. He seemed to be the kid who sits on the side of the kickball field, watching, studying, and then cautiously joining in on the full fun! Some of his descriptions of walking had me doubled over, laughing! And other adventures were described as if I could hear the sounds of the towns he stopped in or the rustle of the leaves in the woods. Very well written and an absolute must read if you like reading hiking stories from real life adventures!" -Valerie



About the Book list curator

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. 

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