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A Furnace Full of God: A Holy Year on the Camino de Santiago

Rebekah and Patrick, burned-out newspaper journalists from the USA and England, were captured by the generous spirit they found the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. They sold up their American lives and moved to Spain in 2006, to a town of twenty farmers inthe middle of the 500-mile, thousand-year-old pilgrim road. They did their best to catch the ancient rhythms of seedtime, harvest, pig-stickings and saints’ days.The year 2010 was a Holy Year, when more than 300,000 pilgrims walked to the shrine city of Santiago de Compostela. Some stayed at Peaceable Kingdom, the farmhouse where the couple offered a night’s food and lodging in exchange for whatever the pilgrim wanted to give. They were nuns, bums, Oxford dons, mystics, fugitives, hippies, and lunatics, as well as greyhounds, barn cats, roosters, and donkeys. Most moved on after a day or two, but some came to stay.“A Furnace full of God” is their story.
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Read in one sitting,so loved it.The only reality I found difficult as an "animal lover" was the traditional butchering REBEKAH witnessed when first in Moratinos,but their love and care for their animals over the years was very moving at times.The mix of Pilgrims throughout the years was wonderful,and the "open door welcome " they extended to all was incredible.Their love for their home,for the Spanish people and their acceptance in return is beautiful,and the stories of Rebekah's Camino journies are so real to those who have been there.Thank you for the book.

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