The Way Is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago

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The Word Guild 2008 Canadian Christian Writing Awards finalist!

Pilgrimage is a spiritual discipline not many consider. Aren't the destinations far? Don't they involve a lot of time and walking? Just a few years ago, Arthur Paul Boers wasn't thinking about pilgrimage either. But he began to sense a deep call from God to walk the five-hundred-mile pilgrimage route known as Camino de Santiago, ending in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, at a ...

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Overview

The Word Guild 2008 Canadian Christian Writing Awards finalist!

Pilgrimage is a spiritual discipline not many consider. Aren't the destinations far? Don't they involve a lot of time and walking? Just a few years ago, Arthur Paul Boers wasn't thinking about pilgrimage either. But he began to sense a deep call from God to walk the five-hundred-mile pilgrimage route known as Camino de Santiago, ending in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, at a cathedral that is said to hold the relics of the apostle James.

In these pages he opens to us his incredible story of renewed spirituality springing from an old, old path walked by millions before him. It's a story of learning to pray in new ways, embracing simplicity, forming community, living each day centered and focused, depending on God to provide. Joined by hundreds of others from all over the world, Boers points the way to deeper intimacy with God—a way made by walking in faith.

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Editorial Reviews

Albert Borgmann
"Everything seems up for grabs, and nothing seems fulfilling any longer. But in this unassuming and engaging chronicle Arthur Boers shows that gravity and grace can be recovered step by step. And for those of us who can't go on a pilgrimage, there are wonderful lessons to be learned from one who did."
Keith J. Egan
"Pack your fantasy knapsack; walk with Arthur Boers on the adventure of a lifetime, the five-hundred-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. What a lively, sensitive, down-to-earth and deeply spiritual guide Boers is! His tales as a pilgrim will so captivate your imagination that you could find yourself in real time, walking stick in hand, making your way along that sacred path made holy by the faith of countless pilgrims."
Richard R. Gaillardetz
"In a postmodern world in which time and space seem compressed and lives of leisure are driven by frenetic consumption, we should not be surprised that many have turned to the medieval practice of pilgrimage as a vital spiritual antidote. Arthur Boers's reflections from his pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago stand out for their honesty and gentle wisdom. As a Mennonite participating in a medieval Catholic spiritual discipline, Boers fills The Way Is Made by Walking with startling insights and fresh perspectives into the spiritual journey that all must make."
Marva Dawn
"I was already recommending this book before I finished reading it, for Arthur Paul Boers is an outstanding (yet humble) mentor, guiding our steps into the Way and ways of Jesus. He recounts his pilgrimage warmheartedly and at a trekker's pace so that we are gently invited to enter into it and engage in its lessons. If you walk with him on the ancient path he treads, you will find yourself inspired, questioned, disturbed and transformed."
From the foreword by Eugene H. Peterson
"[Arthur] Boers doesn't so much tell us about pilgrimage as invite us, in his lively and colorful prose, to join him. . . . This is a book to savor and read and then reread as we learn to live pilgrimage so that we will never again reduce walking to just getting across the street."
Eugene H. Peterson
"[Arthur] Boers doesn't so much tell us about pilgrimage as invite us, in his lively and colorful prose, to join him. . . . This is a book to savor and read and then reread as we learn to live pilgrimage so that we will never again reduce walking to just getting across the street."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830835072
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/2007
  • Pages: 219
  • Sales rank: 367,699
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Paul Boers (D.Min., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of pastoral theology at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. He is an ordained minister in the Mennonite Church USA and a Benedictine oblate at St. Gregory's Abbey in Three Rivers, Michigan.

His books include The Rhythm of God's Grace: Uncovering Morning and Evening Hours of Prayer and Never Call Them Jerks: Healthy Responses to Difficult Behavior. He is an editor of Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book.

Peterson, now retired, was for many years James M. Houston Professor of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also served as founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland. In addition to his widely acclaimed paraphrase of the Bible, The Message (NavPress), he has written many other books.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Eugene Peterson
Acknowledgments
Map of Camino
Introduction
1. I want to Be in That Number: Drawn to Pilgrimage
2. Seeking God's Homeland: Christian Roots of Pilgrimage
3. Lord, Teach Us to Be Prayerful: Spirituality Lessons
4. Your Pack's Too Big: Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
5. The Road That Leads to Life: Challenges of Faithful Pilgrimage
6. The Journey Is Long: Camino Confessions
Photograph Section
7. Well That's the Camino: Hospitality and Solidarity
8. No "Ustedes" Por Favor: The Rules Are Different Here
9. Secular Seekers: The Disconnect of Pilgrims and Church
10. Focal Ways of Life: Putting Pilgrimage into Practice
11. Walking in Faith: Walking as Spiritual Practice
12. Here I Walk, I Can Do No Other: Keeping Faith With Our Feet
Conclusion
Appendix 1. Recovering and Reclaiming Christian Pilgrimage
Appendix 2. Planning a Christian Pilgrimage
Appendix 3. Pilgrimage Destinations
Appendix 4. Camino Pilgrimage Resources
Notes

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