Taking My God for a Walk: A Publisher on Pilgramage
Taking My God for a Walk: A Publisher on Pilgramage  -     By: Tony Collins
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With retirement looming, Tony Collins chose to use a long-overdue sabbatical to walk the 490 miles of the Camino, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. He was deliberately stepping out of his comfort zone: making a pilgrimage, carrying his pack, through a land whose language he did not speak, into a religious culture far removed from his own, in search of sources of reverence. However he would not walk alone; the Way of St. James has many adherents, with well over 200,000 completing their Camino journey during that year.

He had expected the Way to be arduous, and so it proved. But he had not expected so bracing an internal journey, his battered soul laid open to examination and past errors offered up for scrutiny. Nor had he expected such moments of intense spiritual encounter, or so many precious friendships. In the end he discovered, as so many have before him, that the Way leaves an indelible mark.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0857217739
ISBN-13: 9780857217738

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With retirement looming, Tony Collins chose to use a long-overdue sabbatical to walk the 490 miles of the Camino, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. He was deliberately stepping out of his comfort zone: making a pilgrimage, carrying his pack, through a land whose language he did not speak, into a religious culture far removed from his own, in search of sources of reverence. However he would not walk alone; the Way of St. James has many adherents, with well over 200,000 completing their Camino journey during that year.

He had expected the Way to be arduous, and so it proved. But he had not expected so bracing an internal journey, his battered soul laid open to examination and past errors offered up for scrutiny. Nor had he expected such moments of intense spiritual encounter, or so many precious friendships.

In the end he discovered, as so many have before him, that the Way leaves an indelible mark.

"Tony Collins's new book is an absolute delight. We take not one walk with him, but two, and both are a genuine pleasure. Here is a man who stands at the verge of retirement, who looks back and forward, and does so with both reverence and great good humor. There was so much quiet passion contained within these pages, and so many powerful lessons. Highly recommended."
---Davis Bunn, author of "The Lion of Babylon"

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"Tony Collins's new book is an absolute delight. We take not one walk with him, but two, and both are a genuine pleasure. Here is a man who stands at the verge of retirement, who looks back and forward, and does so with both reverence and great good humor. There was so much quiet passion contained within these pages, and so many powerful lessons. Highly recommended." -Davis Bunn, author of The Lion of Babylon

Author Info

Tony Collins has spent more than forty years publishing books and magazines and has started several imprints, including Monarch Books. He is a reader in the Church of England.

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    The journey of a modern day pilgrim
    January 8, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
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    Why would someone take a month out of a busy and productive life and walk 490 miles on a sometimes treacherous path in all kinds of weather?

    Collins decided to make such a pilgrimage, the route of the Camino, the Way of St. James, a path for pilgrims for over a thousand years. He had found his spiritual life suffered from distraction. A suggestion by a friend seized his imagination and his journey was born.

    Collins shares his halting steps at changing his thinking, of getting away from a schedule and the compulsion of productivity. He writes about the people he met, the conditions at night, his equipment, the history of the places, the shrines. He highlights the times of solitude and the ones of camaraderie. He reveals his own introspection and what he learned on the journey.

    One of the joys of the Camino, I think, is to meet so many folk who have refused to sit down by the waters and weep or, having wept, have climbed to their feet once more. I heard some distressing stories along the Way. But I didn't meet any victims. (202)

    We live in a noisy world. Sometimes, Collins writes, we use that noise as a drug. It keeps us from having to think, to consider our place in the world. Going on this pilgrimage taught him much about his life. I have eschewed peace and contemplation, he writes. (157) Unlike a vacation, this journey forced him to evaluate his life, to be a solitary individual in a world where solitude is rare.

    I recommend this book to those interested in pilgrimage. You'll find out why some have done pilgrimages historically and why people still do them today. You'll traverse the miles with Collins and meet other pilgrims. You'll also learn quite a bit about Collins himself, both the past and present.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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