Lowell Thomas Gold Award-winner for 2009 ?Best Travel Book? (SATWF); also a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist
Walking in the nearly forgotten footsteps of the legendary first Knights Templar, an American and a 68-year old Frenchman embark on a mission all their own. Traveling simply and trusting in the kindness of strangers, they set off to carry a message of peace along a route historically used for war. Their incredible modern ...
Lowell Thomas Gold Award-winner for 2009 “Best Travel Book” (SATWF); also a ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Finalist
Walking in the nearly forgotten footsteps of the legendary first Knights Templar, an American and a 68-year old Frenchman embark on a mission all their own. Traveling simply and trusting in the kindness of strangers, they set off to carry a message of peace along a route historically used for war. Their incredible modern odyssey along the route of the First Crusades leads them thousands of miles across eleven countries and two continents toward Jerusalem.
Even from the start, walking a daily marathon and facing all types of adversity is far from easy-going. Yet when life is its bleakest, "angels" appear to help them on their passage. However, after the outbreak of war, everything becomes uncertain—except for their steadfast and perhaps life-threatening resolve.
ALONG THE TEMPLAR TRAIL weaves a richly detailed Chaucerian tapestry of characters, intrigue, and adventure with personal growth and social commentary. Their poignant tale is a powerful testimony to the courage of the human spirit and an affirmation of the dream of peace still very much alive in the world today. It also provides a signpost for those who dream of making a similar journey along this Templar Trail, one destined to become a path of peace for people of all nations, cultures and faiths.
“More than the mere adventure of two brave men, it is a grand and noble quest for peace, as well as a spiritual voyage that will leave readers emotionally and intellectually replenished. Besides being a skillful traveler, the author is also a skillful writer and this shows in his beautiful flowing prose, keen observations and wit. His writing combines a marvelous sense of Zen with good humor, and his personal style makes you feel as if you were there taking part in it all.”
M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, University of Rochester, NY
“A fascinating testimony of faith and gumption that inspired two men to take seven million steps for peace. A must read...”
author of The Art of Pilgrimage and The Book of Roads
“Seven million steps that stretched for 3,500 miles, six years of planning and seven months in the walking, "Along the Templar Trail" is a rhapsody on the theme of pilgrimage. May Brandon Wilson's goal of fostering peace along the glory roads of the world inspire a trail of pilgrims to create their own sacred journeys in the interest of world peace.”
"If we want peace on earth, we must make the effort to embody peace with each step. Brandon Wilson's inspiring journey, told beautifully in this book, is a living example of peacemaking."
adventurer, author/host of the PBS tv series Richard Bangs' Adventures With Purpose, co-founder Mountain Travel Sobek
"Along the Templar Trail is a vivid and eye-opening blend of history, adventure, religion, mysticism and modern conflict…It is simply one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time, and one that proves that with the right combination of character and determination great things can be done, and the eyes of the world can be opened.”
BRANDON WILSON is an author and photographer, explorer and adventure travel writer. His books in this series include: "Along the Templar Trail," a Lowell Thomas Gold Award-winner for Best Travel Book, "Yak Butter Blues," an IPPY Award-winner, "Over the Top & Back Again: Hiking X the Alps," a ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Award-winner, and "Dead Men Don’t Leave Tips: Adventures X Africa."
His story about a year spent living in the Arctic, Life When Hell Freezes Over, appeared in "They Lived to Tell the Tale: True Stories of Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club."
His photos have won awards from National Geographic Traveler and Islands magazines, while his pictorial essay was featured in "Naive and Abroad: Spain: Limping 600 Miles Through History" by Marcus Wilder.
A voracious explorer of nearly one hundred countries, over decades Wilson has trekked many long-distance trails, including: the Camino de Santiago across Spain, the Via de la Plata, and St. Olav’s Way across Norway. In 1992, Brandon and his wife Cheryl were the first Western couple to complete the 1100-kilometer trail from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, and he was the first American to traverse the 1850-kilometer Via Francigena from England to Rome. In 2006, he and his French friend re-blazed the 4500-kilometer Templar Trail from France to Jerusalem to establish it as a path of peace.
Wilson is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a peace and human rights activist.
For more information, visit: http://www.pilgrimstales.com/