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Camino Book If you're looking for a more spiritual Camino experience

Discussion in 'Pilgrim Books' started by Clark, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Clark

    Clark New Member

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    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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    Rosemaryk1 Active Member Donating Member

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    I have read both books, twice!! I concur with your recommendations!
     
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  3. Stacey Wittig

    Stacey Wittig Stand at the crossroads and look

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    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"?
     
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  4. KarenR

    KarenR Karen

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    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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    Anemone del Camino Anemone

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    Imhave to ask: "dirty parts". What are these "dirty parts"?
     
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  6. Clark

    Clark New Member

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    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.
     
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    Lol fun typo. Should read "dirty parts"
     
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    "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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    Clark might be referring to her comments on blisters, lack of fresh fruit, albergues down sides, getting on with a walking partner, lack of personal space and more.
     
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    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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    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!
     
  12. Stacey Wittig

    Stacey Wittig Stand at the crossroads and look

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    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!
     
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    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
     

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