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Planning to hike the Portuguese Way from Porto to Santiago in May 2018
#1
Hello all,

As much as I've loved reading everyone's approach to the Camino here, I was desperately looking for books on the Camino from a spiritual perspective.

I'm happy to say that I found two! 500 Miles with Jesus by Dave Pivonka and Walk in a Relaxed Manner by Joyce Typo are excellent books on the Camino from a Catholic/Christian perspective.

Pivonka emphasizes the communion with Jesus he experienced whereas Rupp approaches the walk with a spirituality that is slightly more ambiguous. Both were very encouraging and easy to read.

I feel that Rupp's work touched my heart more, given the complete transparency with which she writes. She willingly shares the dirty parts of the Camino along with the beauty. Plus, the close of her work adds a very touching reflection that stays with you when you've finished.

I strongly recommend both books to anyone seeking to walk the Camino through the eyes of someone of faith!

Clark
 

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Stacey Wittig

Stand at the crossroads and look
Camino(s) past & future
Leon-Santiago (2005)
Arles-Toulouse (2006)
St. Jean Pied de Port-Burgos (2008)
Lourdes-Santiago (2015)
Le Puy-Santiago (2016)
Camino Primitivo (2017)
#3
My fave Camino book is 500 Miles with Jesus by Dave Pivonka and I always recommend it to new pilgrims. You could check out my book, a daily devotional for pilgrims looking for a deeper "Inner Journey." "Spiritual and Walking Guide" is available on Ivar's website at the "Book Store". Please let me know what you think.

What is the name of the book that you reference, "I feel that Rupp's work touched my heart more"?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances June 2017
#4
My fave Camino book is 500 Miles with Jesus by Dave Pivonka and I always recommend it to new pilgrims. You could check out my book, a daily devotional for pilgrims looking for a deeper "Inner Journey." "Spiritual and Walking Guide" is available on Ivar's website at the "Book Store". Please let me know what you think.

What is the name of the book that you reference, "I feel that Rupp's work touched my heart more"?
It's "Walk in a Relaxed Manner" by Joyce Rupp.....the word Typo was inputted instead of Rupp. I Googled it because I want to read it too. Thank you for the book recommendations, Clark and Stacey!!!
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Planning to hike the Portuguese Way from Porto to Santiago in May 2018
#6
My fave Camino book is 500 Miles with Jesus by Dave Pivonka and I always recommend it to new pilgrims. You could check out my book, a daily devotional for pilgrims looking for a deeper "Inner Journey." "Spiritual and Walking Guide" is available on Ivar's website at the "Book Store". Please let me know what you think.

What is the name of the book that you reference, "I feel that Rupp's work touched my heart more"?
I'll check your book out for sure! Joyce Rupp's book is called Walking in a Relaxed Manner. It's longer than 500 Miles with Jesus but quite well written.
 
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017
#8
"Walk in a relaxed manner, life lessons from the Camino." by Joyce Rupp. She is a nun and walked the camino in 2003 when she turned 60 with her friend father Tom Pfeffer. They were incognito during their walk.

I have found it a really good book. It was her way of paying it forward to her community that wasn't able to go on the walk. It is not a travellog. It is more a reflection on, or understanding of, the events that happened on her walk on the French Camino and what she felt and thought before the walk, during the walk and after the walk. It is set out in Life Lessons.

DH thinks she is a bit self absorbed and I think she's a bit of a whinger but there were some good messages that I took away from it. Some of her language is a bit flowery-over the top. Despite that I thought it was really good.
I thought it was a worthwhile read.
The "Life Lessons" are pretty straight forward "mindfulness" but interesting to reflect on.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
May 2017
#10
I also bought Keith Foskett "The Journey in Between". He does the Le Puy way all the way to Santiago de Compostela. I was really disappointed. It is a travel log and he learns nothing and thinks about nothing except chasing the next woman on the trail.

Also I wouldn't bother with Shirley McLean's "The Camino: A journey of the Spirit". It is just weird.
 
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basquelady

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Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2013), Francés from Pamplona to V del Bierzo (2014), Baztanés, then Francés, (2016)
#11
Imhave to ask: "dirty parts". What are these "dirty parts"?
Joyce Rupp walked in 2003 and therefore encountered albergue conditions that are very seldom experienced now----- mainly relating to filthy bathroom areas. Her honestly related "negative" reactions I found a great spur to myself to reflect more realistically on my less attractive behaviours and reactions to others!
 

Stacey Wittig

Stand at the crossroads and look
Camino(s) past & future
Leon-Santiago (2005)
Arles-Toulouse (2006)
St. Jean Pied de Port-Burgos (2008)
Lourdes-Santiago (2015)
Le Puy-Santiago (2016)
Camino Primitivo (2017)
#12
I love what you said, basquelady, "Her honestly related "negative" reactions I found a great spur to myself to reflect more realistically on my less attractive behaviours and reactions to others!" I have a few stories of my own "less attractive behaviours and reactions to others" that I need to get down on paper. It just difficult to write about...but it needs to be captured. One of the stories is quite funny and gets my young nieces howling with laughter (at me, of course) and they beg me to retell the story to their friends. I'll get Rupp's book as it may get my creative writing juices flowing...thanks for sharing, all!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to hike the Portuguese Way from Porto to Santiago in May 2018
#13
What I liked most about Rupp's negatives were that they've helped me break from the overly romantic notions of the Camino.

I'm looking forward to the time with the Lord but I think it's easy to get wrapped up with the beauty in the videos and photos and forget that there will be discomfort as well.

Since it is usually through discomfort that we find the most spiritual clarity, this has helped me prepare my heart
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-SDC august/september 2015
#14
I have written a paper about pastoral care on the camino. Although it's in Dutch, I post it here. There are some places with lots of spirituality named in it (anno 2016).
 

edandjoan

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Leon/SDC/Muxia ‘12
SJPP/Leon Aug ‘14
Oviedo/SDC/Muxia ‘14
LePuy/Pamplona ‘15
St.Gallen/Geneva ‘16
#15
500 Miles with Jesus by Dave Pivonka, I've read it twice. very good.
Journey to Joy: Psalms of Ascent by Josh Moody.
 

timr

Active Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Several and counting...
#16
Hello all,

As much as I've loved reading everyone's approach to the Camino here, I was desperately looking for books on the Camino from a spiritual perspective.

I'm happy to say that I found two! 500 Miles with Jesus by Dave Pivonka and Walk in a Relaxed Manner by Joyce Typo are excellent books on the Camino from a Catholic/Christian perspective.

Pivonka emphasizes the communion with Jesus he experienced whereas Rupp approaches the walk with a spirituality that is slightly more ambiguous. Both were very encouraging and easy to read.

I feel that Rupp's work touched my heart more, given the complete transparency with which she writes. She willingly shares the dirty parts of the Camino along with the beauty. Plus, the close of her work adds a very touching reflection that stays with you when you've finished.

I strongly recommend both books to anyone seeking to walk the Camino through the eyes of someone of faith!

Clark
Interesting discussion following the OP.

I read Walk in a Relaxed Manner, not least because I have read another half dozen books by Joyce Rupp and always found them helpful. I really didn't like it much when I began reading and was quite disappointed. I found it moany and whiney.

BUT, BUT, BUT, I often find that books which annoy me are speaking to me in a particular way.

Without wishing to reveal a spoiler, something happens in the book, by way of plot, which throws things into context. And afterwards I appreciated the book more. And ultimately have read it more than once.

Thanks for the tip about Dave Pivonka. I will look for that.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Planning to hike the Portuguese Way from Porto to Santiago in May 2018
#17
I know exactly what you mean about the plot change and I agree, it completely changed my perspective on the work.

Roy Uprichards work Stone & Water is also a really fascinating read. He includes a lot of history regarding the spiritual variant of the Portuguese way.
 

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