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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 (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,560 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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I found the book easy reading, informative, personal,and very spiritually uplifting.
Linda
Kevin Codd tells the story of his Camino to Santiago de Compostela in an engaging way that makes the reader want to strap on a backpack and become a pilgrim as well.
Patricia M. Hughey
After reading this book I've ordered several more for friends and family - a great read!
Searching Christian

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44 of 46 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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25 of 27 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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10 of 10 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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9 of 9 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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6 of 6 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 Lincoln S. Dall on November 15, 2011
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I walked the Camino with a friend in the summer of 2003, and have had the urge to go back ever since. I am now a priest - I was not when I originally walked the Camino. And now being a pilgrim is so much of my identity as a Christian and as a priest. (I also was a missionary for many years, and that very much shapes my identity as well.) I am planning to go back to the Camino de Santiago in April 2012 with a group of Catholics from my diocese of Jackson, Mississippi. We have been meeting monthly in preparation for our pilgrimage. We have all swapped and shared books this past year that we've been preparing for this trip, and this is one of our favorite books. Father Codd is very honest and insightful, and his spiritual insights and understandings are the best I've read about the Camino. I loved his honesty - he goes off on a tirade about the "Cappuccino pilgrims" - those who arrive in support vans and take cappuccino breaks and approach the pilgrimage more from the vantage point of a Club Med tourist rather than a traditional pilgrim. It is not making a judgment of this approach to pilgrimage, but it is a very different approach. Many of the "Cappuccino pilgrims" do not have the same camaraderie as the other pilgrims traveling to Santiago. His description of the collision that can take place between these two different approaches to pilgrimage made me smile, because it was so honest and so true to life. This is a great book - hopefully it will inspire you to go to Santiago de Compostela for yourself. And remember - God gives you the Camino you need, not the Camino you want. Buen Camino!
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