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indihannahjones87

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Hi! I'm looking for Camino book recommendations. My boyfriend hiked the Camino and was really transformed by the experience. I'd like to get him a thoughtful Camino book for Christmas. Ideally, it's got a Catholic spin. We're both Catholic, and this experience was very formative for his faith. Any suggestions on Camino books? Or books about Saint James! Thanks :)
 
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C clearly

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This thread is being moved to the Books about the Camino section of the forum. If you click on the link in the previous sentence, you will see all the threads. The first thread is an excellent bibliography compiled by David Tallan, and there are many other threads with interesting suggestions.

I agree with the recommendations by Rebekah. Both are powerful and thoughtful books which go beyond the mundane memoirs that are so common.
 
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isawtman

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I like "Finding Santiago" by Don Thomas.
For my review you can look at my previous thread in the book section.
It is called "4 Camino related Books"
 

danielle aird

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Hi! I'm looking for Camino book recommendations. My boyfriend hiked the Camino and was really transformed by the experience. I'd like to get him a thoughtful Camino book for Christmas. Ideally, it's got a Catholic spin. We're both Catholic, and this experience was very formative for his faith. Any suggestions on Camino books? Or books about Saint James! Thanks :)
A Furnace Full of God by Rebekah Scott
 

JabbaPapa

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Rebekah's book, and the beautiful one by Nancy Frey, but my favourite is Priez pour moi à Compostelle, by two French journalists.
 

Graeme Cook

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Hi! I'm looking for Camino book recommendations. My boyfriend hiked the Camino and was really transformed by the experience. I'd like to get him a thoughtful Camino book for Christmas. Ideally, it's got a Catholic spin. We're both Catholic, and this experience was very formative for his faith. Any suggestions on Camino books? Or books about Saint James! Thanks :)
Once your boyfriend has read one or two thoughtful books, he might (only might) fancy something slightly different. If so, he might (only might) appreciate my effort. I think it’s quite amusing but there again I am biased. For better or worse, this link will give you an insight www.caminodesantiagobeersontheway.com
 
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danielle aird

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For a funny, sometimes irreverential book with brief 2 to 3 page chapters, the kind of book you can read while commuting to work, you could try mine. I had a lot of fun writing it. It is more a series of anecdotes (some quite astonishing but all true) with photos, some bits of history you have probably not yet heard about, fascinating characters met along the way... The title: "The Camino is not just for Walking - Pilgrims, Hosts and Ghosts along the Way." Buen Camino
 

danielle aird

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"Walk in a Relaxed Manner," by Sister Joyce Rupp.
"The Great Westward Walk," by Antxon Gonzalez Gabarain
Not to mention your Furnace Full of God, Rebekah, which I fully enjoyed twice! I also loved Walk in a Relaxed Manner. Although it was written a long, long time ago, it still resonates. Actually, I think it resonates even more.
 

Bowmanfamily36

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Out of the many books that I have read, “Grandma’s on the Camino” by Mary O’Hara Wyman was the one one I enjoyed the most. Very thoughtful and beautifully written.
 

David Tallan

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The Rupp and Codd recommendations above would be my top choices for a memoir that focuses on the Catholic faithful experience. There are other excellent memoirs, but those would be my top picks (of the one's I've read) from that particular viewpoint.

In terms of Camino-related books, I'm always fond of recommending Gitlitz and Davidson's The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook. More cultural than religious, it remains the best guide to what one sees along the Camino Frances.
 
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