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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; First Edition edition (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802825923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802825926
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this wonderful book Father Codd brilliantly captures for us the essence of pilgrimage. He is a candid and engaging guide to the physical realities involved. More than that, though, he reveals the interior journey, equally difficult and equally rewarding. It is a spiritual and emotional trek on which pilgrims are confronted with their own broken humanity and come face to face with the God they seek. I am grateful Father Codd has allowed us to be part of such a marvelous discovery." -- Martin Sheen

About the Author

Kevin A. Codd is a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Spokane, Washington. From 2001 to 2007 he served as rector-president of The American College of Louvain, Belgium. He recently completed a second pilgrimage from Louvain, to Santiago de Compostela.

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Great book -loved every minute of it & would recommend it to anyone!!
Elizabeth A. Penner
The best book I've read about a pilgrim's walk along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
Anonymous
I found the book easy reading, informative, personal,and very spiritually uplifting.
Linda

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By P. Dunn on April 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
In preparation for walking the Camino de Santiago later this year, I have read several accounts of pilgrim journeys. None has spoken to me as clearly to me as Kevin Codd's book. His humanity shines through the pages as he writes of both external and internal joys and challenges along the way. I read the book over a period of a couple of weeks, at a pace of one or two chapters a day. Nearing the end, I began to feel a sense of what I imagine is the rhythm of the Camino. This is a book that offers a beautiful experience in the reading.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Searching Christian on April 7, 2008
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After reading this book I've ordered several more for friends and family - a great read!
What I liked most is that while Kevin walked the camino he looked - and acted - pretty much like everyone else. Few seemed to suspect, at least initially, that under that scruffy external appearance walked a deeply devout and religious man. Thus the conversations he relates were not restrained by how people might have expected a priest to behave - nor how one was supposed to behave in the company of a priest. To the other pilgrims he apparently came across a regular guy who liked to drink beer, and when irritated enough, could cuss as well as the rest.

For anyone who has already done the camino, it will certainly bring back fond memories, and make them live again, as you follow the author, trudging from albergue to albergue, blisters and all. If you haven't already done the camino, you should certainly find a great deal in this book stimulating you to get on and do it yourself - without creating any illusions that such a pilgrimage would be like a big picnic!

And finally, even those who are adverse to the idea of walking or biking the camino will certainly be fed spiritually and emotionally, by the many inner reflections that Father Codd shares with us as he walks along the pilgrim way of St. James.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DLeppke on August 22, 2012
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To date, I have read 5 books on walking the Camino. .and I rank this among the best so far. . .The details the author went into detailing the places he slept. . .places he ate. . .the friends he made. . .and the pains he suffered. .were mixed in with a decent amount of humor, made his tale seem more lifelike. . .The author delved into his religion and core beliefs more then I thought he would. . but with the author being a priest, I can understand why he would. If your into walking the Camino from the spiritual side. .this would be a good read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ty Alexander on November 18, 2011
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What an extraordinary book this is. It is a story of humanity, of an amazing pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and it is a grace, a blessing that leads us at the end to Field of Stars where we are drawn to consider so many aspects of our own day-to-day caminos. It is Kevin's story, but it is our story, it is your story if you will allow it. As another reviewer has exclaimed, "I LOVE THIS BOOK!" This is the only book I have ever IMMEDIATELY started to re-read upon finishing the last page! I just did not want to leave the world within this book. I think when you are in it's pages, you are as near to being on the camino as you possibly can be without actually being there. But, in the end, it's not only about the walking. No, my friend, it's much, much more. Do yourself a HUGE favor and BUY THIS BOOK. Even in you have no present intention of walking the camino yourself, you will love this book. Buen camino, everyone!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jill on July 23, 2011
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After walking the camino myself, I read Kevin Codd's book to help me process my own experience. Although he walked five hundred miles compared to my one hundred, I can say that we had very similar experiences, but he described them much better than I could have! I was a little disappointed that he didn't have a positive experience with those that he and his camino companions called the "sinmochilas", the pilgrims who traveled with support vehicles. I personally had the dream of walking the camino during my lifetime, and as a single woman who had recently had physical challenges, I thought that traveling with a group with a support vehicle was the safest way for me to walk the camino, at least the first time. The group that I traveled with was wonderful, and the company that hosted us seemed to go to great effort to be respectful of the camino and of other pilgrims, even telling us that we could invite pilgrims outside our group for meals. Perhaps some of those "huffing and puffing sinmochilas" in Father Codd's book were also people with physical challenges. Regardless, I believe that the book is a beautiful, poetic account of a most profound spiritual experience.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jose G. Sawada on April 29, 2008
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Kevin's book really describes the daily routine of the "Camino". The "Camino" is this friendship and fellowship among the pilgrims. It reflects with rich and live details the saga of a pilgrim. And I can affirm it, because I was one the Camino's family members that Kevin mentions on his book. I had the privilege to walk along with him and our other family members. Kevin thank you for this wonderful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas on October 8, 2010
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Wow this book has rocked my world. Fr Codd writes with such brutal honesty and openness that you feel like you are inside his head actually living the spiritual, emotional and physical agony and ecstasy he goes through as he makes his journey. I am not Catholic so some of his prayers and customs are a bit foreign to me but the tenderness of this man's heart towards God is truly inspirational. If you want live a true pilgrim's journey to Santiago this book is for you. Besides the risk of losing a couple of hours sleep the need to do this walk yourself might take seed in your sole.
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