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Discovering the Camino de Santiago
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 24, 2011
There are many books on the practical aspects of the Camino (logistics, what to bring, how to get around). This is not one of them. Instead it may very well be the best book in English suitable for any reader. Most of the Camino books treat the pilgrimage as something entirely naturalistic, like the Appalachian Trail; if they get "spiritual" at all, it is only in the sense of a New Age kind of easy spirituality, or perhaps a kind of psychological journey. Father Markey's book is entirely different. The Camino is an ancient CATHOLIC pilgrimage route and the book is written by a truly faithful Catholic "peregrino"(pilgrim). It includes the history of Santiago - starting back in the Bible - as well as something most people are not aware of - references to the historical accuracy of this place as the tomb of St. James. The book also includes Pope Benedict's beautiful homily at the Cathedral Compostela during the Jubilee Year of 2010.

The rest of the book is a journal of Father Markey's trip with his own reflections. You will learn things you probably didn't know, for example about the Spanish Civil War (as he says, most of what people are told is from Hemingway or communist sources, and though there were atrocities on both sides, completely innocent Catholics suffered disproportionately). But beyond all that is a truthful account of faith, hope, and charity, of benefit to everyone on their "camino" through life.

It is a short, small book - only 71 pages - and I plan to buy a dozen to give as gifts, as there is nothing else like it in English! If you want a more scholarly, detailed book, you can also get "The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela: First English Translation with Introduction, Commentaries, and Notes" by William Melczer. Also, "To The Field of Stars" by Kevin Codd is also very good. He writes as a Catholic who wants to welcome non-Catholics along his journey, so he is much more circumscribed than Father Markey. But for a pure believer's approach to the Camino, this is the book to get.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
When this tiny book was first placed in my hands it was a bit misleading. I was discussing with friends the movie "The Way" that I had just seen. I liked the movie but wished that it had gone into more detail about the pilgrimage. My son then gave me this book to read. Since it is a small book I thought that it would be an easy read that could be read in a couple of hours. I was so wrong!!!! This book is a treasure and each page is jammed full of good knowledge and makes one feel as though they are actually on the pilgrimage. I need to take time out to just digest what I have just read. There is so much food for thought and very inspiring that I must do this. I wish that I had read this before seeing the movie and I intend to watch the movie again after finishing the book. I am constantly highlighting excerps so that I can go bacl to the pages again and again. I just ordered another book to give back to my son and bought an additional three books to give to friends. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2014
So happy I found this book. My husband an I are planning on going on the Camino De Santiago later this year and have been looking for Catholic books to read in preparation. Sadly, there are so few Catholic books for this Catholic Pilgrimage, and all the reading material is trying so hard to appeal to secular travelers that it almost seems like Catholic pilgrims are not welcome on the Camino. This was a breath of fresh air, and a wonderful read. Definitely recommend to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2015
I have read 11 or 12 Camino books including another Catholic priest and a Catholic nun. I have enjoyed all and loved most of them. It seems the The Reverend Markey has quite the log in his eye and was not able to extract it. The log is named ego. There were valuable lessons in his journey that he seemly failed to grasp. The lessons are there in his own writing.

I did enjoy learning about how the Catholic Church has tried to validate the bones of St. James. He makes a strong argument. However, isn't the science end of it a little outdated? 1800s? Really?

I found Joyce Rupp's book on the Camino much more helpful and in tune with world spirituality. I loved Kevin Codd's (priest) book. I found it much more enlightening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2013
Father Markey deserves great thanks for answering the call to have this book published. His gentle, yet knowledgeable and efficient teaching of the Catholic faith to those he meets on this pilgrimage has been a true lesson for me. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the outdoors or wants to know better how to reach out to their follow man.
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on March 22, 2014
More spiritually documented and more history included than 500 Miles with Jesus. I am reading this for the second time and enjoying it again.
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on April 2, 2015
Wonderful Catholic read for walking the Camino; very inspirational!
Thank you for the excellent service and delivery!
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on April 28, 2013
I liked this book. It is very short but a good companion to Field of Stars by Kevin Codd. A quick, interesting read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2012
I really enjoyed this book! I walked part of the Camino in 2010 and this made me even more homesick to go back!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2011
Excellent readable short enjoyable book. Interesting to anyone concerned with current Spanish and European culture or the life of St. James.
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