Camino religious books
best books about the camino de Santiago rooted in Christianity
As you begin your pilgrimage, you will find that there are numerous types of people walking the Camino de Santiago. Not all pilgrims are doing it specifically for a religious purpose even though it is truly a religious route. If you are interested in the Christian or Catholic roots, then you may want to check out these books written from a religious perspective.
Hiking the Camino
You might reasonably wonder why anyone would shoulder a heavy backpack, grab a walking stick and hike across Spain. Whatever happened to planes, trains and automobiles? But Father Dave Pivonka knew that the Camino—the ancient pilgrim path to the tomb of Saint James the Apostle in Santiago—offered an opportunity to focus on God in the stripped-down environment typical of the religious journey known as a pilgrimage. Father Dave takes you along with him, eager to show that God wants to take care of you whether or not you can see down the road or, if tired and sore, you're tempted to quit. His Camino hike holds real lessons for your own life's journey.
Mercy and Grace
“Sometimes it’s doing the thing that terrifies you that really helps you grow.”These words, spoken in love by a friend, motivated 300-pound Cathleen Booth off her couch and onto the Camino de Santiago. Cathleen’s physical limitations quickly shattered any illusions of self-sufficiency and pride. On a muddy mountainside in Spain - at her most vulnerable - Cathleen would experience from her friend a self-sacrificial love that would ultimately change her from the inside out. Equal parts humor, humility, and heart, Mercy & Grace on the Camino de Santiago invites the reader on deeply intimate and human spiritual journey.
The Way of the Cross and Struggle for Holiness
The Way of the Cross follows a young pilgrim walking along the Camino de Santiago as he carried a large wooden cross 550 miles in Northern Spain. He learned about humility, pain, suffering, adventure, compassion and joy through encounters with pilgrims from over 40 different countries. The journey taught him to trust in the Lord, and revealed the lives the Lord can impact through the people that answer his call. Miracles surrounded the cross, but he was completely oblivious to what was happening around him. All the while, evil attacked, attempting to stray him from the true path.
Camino The Way
First published in 1939, this book is a phenomenon in contemporary spiritual writing. The message that every Christian man and woman, whatever their place of work or calling, is called to sanctity has touched countless lives; this work offers a starting-point for a prayer which finds Christ in all the experience of living. A special feature of this new edition is the footnotes, drafted not only for those approaching the book as a tool to help them pray, but having in mind also readers studying the text as an example of 20th Century Spanish literature. This is a revised annotated bilingual edition, has parallel Spanish and English texts.
To the Field of Stars
Seeking to take stock of his life, Kevin Codd set out in July 2003 on a pilgrimage that would profoundly change his life. To the Field of Stars tells the fascinating story of his unusual spiritual and physical journey on foot across Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the traditional burial place of the apostle James the Greater. Each brief chapter chronicling Codd's thirty-five-day trek is dedicated to one or two days on the road. Codd shares tales of other pilgrims, his own changes of perspective, and his challenges and triumphs along the way -- all told with a disarming candor.