The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit
The riveting odyssey began with a pair of anonymous handwritten letters imploring Shirley to make a difficult pilgrimage along the Santiago de Compostela Camino in Spain. For Shirley, the Camino was both an intense spiritual and physical challenge. A woman in her sixth decade completing such a grueling trip on foot in thirty days at twenty miles per day was nothing short of remarkable. But even more astounding was the route she took spiritually: back thousands of years, through past lives to the very origin of the universe.
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"I read this in the last week of my Camino Frances walk and loved it very much. It is deep, honest and soulful, and delves into advanced concepts of spiritual philosophy. This book is NOT a guide; nor is it a memoir of the Way or the author's life. Rather, it highlights spiritual knowledge gleaned by the author during her Camino, along with the frustrations she encountered while trying to connect to and absorb that information. I can see why a lot of people struggled through it, because the spiritual philosophy is complex, hard to grasp, and can come across as mumbo jumbo if you haven't had the exposure or background to build up to this point." - Maddox
"There are other books written about the Camino. My reason for preferring Shirley MacLaine's version is how she invited the reader in to her spiritual preparation, her spiritual journey and how she met her many challenges and distractions, including paparazzi. At times she met fear, (hiking in preparation, walking the Camino at night, challenges in the "dorms"), yet she kept her peace and met her goals. This was not an amazing actress acting, this was an amazing woman challenging herself physically, mentally and spiritually. She is a good model of determination and not giving up on life's challenges. I felt as though I actually walked the Camino through Shirley MacLaine's story. I highly recommend." - Walker
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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.