The Way Is Made By Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino      de Santiago by Arthur Paul Boers, Arthur PaulThe Way Is Made By Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino      de Santiago by Arthur Paul Boers, Arthur Paul

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

byArthur Paul Boers, Arthur Paul

Paperback | August 1, 2007

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Title:The Way Is Made By Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de SantiagoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 8.1 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:August 1, 2007Publisher:Intervarsity PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0830835075

ISBN - 13:9780830835072


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Guide to Camino - Guide to life Like Arthur Paul Boers, in May of 2010 I walked what is known as El Camino - a pilgrimage of 500 miles from St Jean Pied de Port, across the Pyrenees from France into Spain and then in a westerly direction to Santiago de Compostela. For me this was a spiritual journey of reflection and life celebration. The destination is thought to be the burial place of Saint James and is a pilgrimage route that has been followed for over 1200 years. I found the experience of walking between 25 and 35 kilometers a day addictive to the point where I accumulated on my return to Canada as much written material as I could find on the Camino. To my surprise, in view of the authors ecclesiastical background, I found Arthur Paul Boers a very good read and one that captures the true spirit of the journey irrespective of ones spiritual leanings. As Boers discovered in his travels, so few of the pilgrims that he met counted themselves as Christians. I am myself a lapsed Christian and one deeply disappointed by the seeming absence of connection between bible teachings and the way that it is interpreted. So there would be no place in my world for someone who does not walk the talk, make it relevant for today’s world and try to work for the betterment of mankind. Therefore, the thought of an entirely religious based pilgrimage without a very human based approach would have been a turnoff. Had Boers not experienced doubt and challenge in what is undoubtedly a physically and emotionally demanding journey, then I would have dismissed this book as another religious theory. Boers really explains why El Camino is not just a walk. The word “camino” may be translated as “way” In other traditions the translation is “tao.” He quotes from passages of scripture and makes it very much relevant to our struggle in the modern world. His pilgrimage might be describes as applied religion. In fact, many peoples’ experience of walking the Camino is that is very much a metaphor for life. When one embarks on a journey of this length, the walk itself becomes the central activity. There is no “back home” along with its many diversions. So whatever interactions occur along the way take on a greater intensity. Boers has made a study of religion. But, more importantly, he has encountered life. This combination of experience make “The way is made by walking” an essential read for a better understanding of one’s life journey.
Date published: 2011-01-26